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Vision – Belief – And a Walk on the Moon

October 28th, 2010 4 comments

The 1960s, was an unforgettable time.  The age of Aquarius, free love, flower power, hippies, and the death of a beloved President. In November of 1963, we lost our President John F. Kennedy, to an assassin’s bullet.  But, before he died, he sold us his vision.  It started out as  only a dream. He made us believe.  We, as a nation, were going to be the first ones to land on the moon. The competition was stiff.  The Russians wanted the title for their nation.

I was a small child at that time, but it was such an exciting dream!  We all bought into it.  President Kennedy said we could do this, and we believed him.

Every space flight that flew was injected into our lives and our classrooms via TV. We watched mesmerized by the grainy images on those tiny, black and white Television sets.  We knew all the astronauts by name.  We felt close to them, as if they were our neighbor down the street. They were our heroes! Every little boy wanted to become one. We were a nation with a mission! We were the United States.  We could do anything!

When I look back on those days, I am amazed that it was accomplished. The computers aboard those space crafts had less capacity than the cell phones we, all, carry in our pockets.  There wasn’t such a thing as Windows or Apple.  Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were still little boys.  Why did we succeed?

WE WERE WILLING TO BELIEVE

To accomplish any big dream in our lives, we must have a willingness to believe.  To suspend the disbelief, and seriously ask ourselves, “what if”.

GET RID OF THE “IF ONLY” IN OUR LIVES

This means taking complete responsibility for our lives. As Mark Joyner says, “the if only loop is a prison of your own design”. How true. Take a moment to think of your personal “if onlys”. “If only I hadn’t lost my job”, “if only I had more money”, “if only ____ loved me more”.  When we continue to support these thoughts by thinking them over and over again, it becomes a belief.  At that point, we have successfully locked ourselves into a failure loop. We must learn to let it go.

CREATE A NEW EMPOWERING STORY

We as a nation could not have reached the moon if President Kennedy had not created a new empowering story for us. It was exciting and fueled us. It created an empowering identity for us. We can do this for our own lives. Accomplishing a dream has to be fed by a empowering story.  The retelling of it, daily, builds a new confidence. If we keep telling the empowering story, we will own it.

PROJECT OURSELVES FORWARD INTO AN INSPIRING FUTURE

This should be our vision for now, and beyond. Is Bill Gates’ vision the same, now, as it was the day he quit college? As we project ourselves forward into the future our vision grows in direct proportion to the belief in our growing vision. It happens as we build upon our successes.

In the early 60s, we as a nation, focused on walking on the moon.  Without that focus, we wouldn’t have  space shuttles, the Hubble Telescope, many new wonder drugs, and Star Trek.  We have now visited our distant neighbors in space with unmanned probes.  We know so much more about ourselves and our Universe because we dared to believe in a  dream.

We, humans, are amazing creatures.  If we can see it, believe, we can do it!  What ever the mind can see, and believe, it can accomplish.  It is as simple as that.  Only you know if you have “the right stuff”.

Sean Stephenson – Living a Life of Vision

January 29th, 2010 No comments

Sean StephensonWe, humans, are amazing creatures.  We can choose how to experience our lives.  Life will happen to us.  Every life has joy and pain.  There are no exceptions to that rule.  It is our belief system, who like the Great Wizard of Oz, sits behind the black curtain  running our individual programs of what choose to see on our life screen.

Every day, we have decisions to make about how we choose to live our lives.  What we decide is driven by our  own individual vision for our lives.  We have opportunities to live our lives small and stay in our own little fiefdoms of influence.  Or, we can choose to live large, beyond the scope of our individual lives and to be a benefit to all man kind.  No one will fault you for your choice.

We don’t get a choice on whether we will experience pain in our lives.  That comes in the package called living.  What we do have a choice of is how we will see that pain.  Will it be something that is a burden to be endured?  Is it possible to see it as a gift?  I know in my own life, the times of greatest pain have become my biggest blessings.  As Sean Stephenson says, “find the purpose to your pain and you will find the drive to go through it to the other side.”

Many of you know Sean Stephenson.  He is an amazing, insightful man.  Many people introduce him as the “3 foot giant”.  He is not only unique in the size of his human body, but in the size of the experiences his vision has chosen for his life.  Because of the vision for his life, he has had the opportunity to mentor with people like Tony Robbins and President Clinton.  He is an author and motivational speaker.  He has written a book called, Get Off Your “But”, which has earned a 5 star rating on Amazon.  He writes an insightful blog called Living at Cause.  He has participated and been voted one of the best speakers at the Engage Today 2009 Event where he shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Stephen Covey to name a few.

I have a 7 minute video from a speech he gave at Purdue University.  He has some great insights into living a life with vision.

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