In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey discusses the habit of beginning with the end in mind and that anything created was first created in the minds eye. Thus, highly effective people and strong leaders, know what they are striving for.
This is quite the opposite of the dependent mentality that the character Alice, from Alice and Wonderland, portrays:
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.
Leaders have a vivid vision of what they want from life and for the future. They first see it in their minds-eye like it already is exists. A mental picture of the future.
Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady’s book Launching a Leadership Revolution says, “Vision is tomorrow’s reality expressed as an idea today.”
Successful leaders, the great ones, envision their goal so vividly that even though it is in the future they fully expect it to manifest.
Julius Caesar wanted to be great and he wanted to rule Rome. He was very popular among the people, but hated by the government officials. The Senators thought he was too power hungry and his popularity made him too powerful. Nevertheless, Caesar had a goal he desired deeply.
One evening while Caesar was with his army occupying Spain, his fellow officers were socializing in the library and Caesar was reading about Alexander the Great. In the midst of his reading and while his associates played about him, Caesar began to cry.
It was odd to see a soldier of Caesar’s status cry. The soldiers reassured him that he did not need to cry about anything as he was liked by all and was a powerful solider in the best army in the world.
This was not reassuring to Caesar, his vision and goals were bigger than he had. He wanted to rule Rome. He was crying because by time Alexander the Great was his age, Alexander had already ruled the known world.
Caesar was disappointed to the point of tears that he was not being as successful as someone with the qualifier of “Great” after his name. Caesar had a vision so vivid that he wept that it had not yet manifested.
Another story of the same legendary proportions is the story of Michelangelo’s Moses statue. Michelangelo believed that the figures he sculpted where divinely created within the stone, and that he was simply removing the excess marble.
I have personally heard of individuals that were so in awe over the David statue—explaining to me that it looked so life-like that David’s veins looked as if they had blood flowing in them.
The alleged story with his Moses statue is that as it was coming to completion Michelangelo struck the right knee of the statue with his chisel, and shouted “Why don’t you speak to me?” In fact, as legend has it, if you look at that knee he struck you can see a line.
Michelangelo envisioned this statue so vividly, and it looked so life-like, that he expected it to speak. I would submit, that this type of vision is one of the crucial factors that allowed his works of art to appear so real.
In order to overcome the worlds decline, we need leaders with a vision so vivid that they cry over it. The leaders of the 21st century need a vision that is so real in their minds-eye that they demand it to manifest or to “Speak!” per say.
Nothing short of these types of visions will change the world’s decline.
I highly recommend the book Conscious Creator: 6 Laws for Manifesting Your Masterpiece Life. In it you will find methods that will help you find your God given mission and help you apply the laws to manifest your vision.
Read it, apply it, and manifest your vivid vision.