May 3, 2011

Your Vision Gets You There

All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”  ~ Brian Tracy

Vision is an essential component to any goal because it is the one opportunity you have to put yourself in the future and discover the outcome of your success.  It is that future view that drives us, inspires us, and guides us as we work toward our goals.  The strength of your vision provides you the intensity to pursue your goal.

Several months, a good friend asked me to describe the vision I get and the feelings I experience when I celebrate the success of 100 Pedals with Brandon riding along side of me.  The emotions of that kind of moment overtook me.  For, imagining Brandon being part of the final ride would be an incredible moment.  As I started to go deep into that thought, I literally started to become emotional to the point of tears.  The joy, the euphoria, the sense of accomplishment associated with that vision was almost overwhelming in a very positive, powerful manner.  That is the power of vision.

When we are working on developing a goal or a mission in our lives, our vision is a powerful tool.  It is that component that allows us to see, define, experience, and describe our ultimate success.  The more effectively and clearly we create a picture, the stronger that influence has on our daily activities.  Nothing is more empowering and inspiring than being able to internalize our emotional and physical images of success.   It is these images that remind us why we are on this particular journey.  It is these emotional reminders that push us through the tough days and we work toward that ultimate and very real celebration.

Without this well-defined view of the finish line, all we have is a project that we are working on completing.   There are other aspects of our goal – the objective, the purpose, the engagement of others, and our intense commitment – that may inspire us to press on.  When we are able to envision what it looks and feels like to achieve our goal in the presence of those who are there to celebrate with us, the mission of our journey takes on an entirely new and profound dimension.   Everyone enjoys celebrating accomplishment – knowing what that moment will mean to you emotionally, physically, and spiritually gives you the strength to press on and the drive to get there.

When you work towards your goal, keep your mind on the end.  Your vision for the future will keep you on your path to success.

About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.