Vision in many ways is a peculiar occurrence, as it can exist even when there is nothing to see. Vision occurs within the mind, even when the tangible elements escape conscious awareness.
In terms of achievement the vision is the thing that guides the individual or organization to manifest success. Vision is related to entrepreneurship because an entrepreneur often only has a vision of what can be achieved rather than a tangible situation.
Some people have joked that an entrepreneur is simply the name for a person that does not have a job, and in many ways that is true. Some people see a job as a modern form of servitude and subjugation and use the acronym ‘JOB’ to mean ‘just over broke’ to illustrate the nature of the relationship that an individual has with an employer.
For some people a vision is the only thing that they have to reach for in their lives, and it has been said that obstacles are what we experience when we take our eyes off our vision. Helen Keller once said, ‘The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.’
And yet in society today it is so easy to be diverted from your vision by other forces and conditions that intrude upon our lives each day. The poet T.S. Eliot put it this way in his poem ‘Four Quartets’,
‘Distracted from distraction by distraction, Filled with fancies and empty of meaning’
Unfortunately many people cannot focus on a goal or vision for a minute without being distracted, and it is all too easy to blame a lack of focus as a problem that exists in the outside world rather than within the aptitude and attitude of themselves.
The visionary co-founder of the Apple corporation Steve Jobs once said, ‘If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.’
An individual will be the sum total of his or her thoughts and the information that is assimilated, and will progress by direction of the most pressing and prominent thoughts, this will typically be a vision of something desirable or a reaction to thoughts of fear.
So it is important to only focus on the things that you desire and not on the things that are feared, because whatever the mind focuses on will be manifested.
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said that ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ and the most important thing is to understand your reasons why you are doing the things that you do, and it starts with discovering the things that motivate you first, then following your vision to get to the places that you want to arrive at.
Lao Tzu also said, ‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading’ this is a wonderful thing if you have a vision for where you want to go. Otherwise it could lead to regrets and feelings of remorse.
If you are looking for a way to find your vision then that will be an outgrowth of your purpose.