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Vision – Belief – And a Walk on the Moon

October 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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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”.


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