“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up – then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks.” – Bob Dylan

Years ago after having done lots of research, comparison and deciding on a new car, I also got the benefit of taking part in the promotion they were running for a day of professional driving school run by very handsome race-car drivers from all over the world.

One of the most powerful things for me about that day, aside from the wonderful racecar driver accents, was a point the lead trainer drove home (excuse the pun) throughout the morning. He discussed defensive maneuvers (code for when driving down the road and a semi skids into your lane) and the importance breaking, steering, how to take a corner, and positioning play. He said, repeatedly, “If you hear and learn only one thing today I want it to be this; no matter how you’re steering and breaking I want you to be aware of where you are looking. WHERE YOU LOOK IS WHERE YOU WILL GO.

“If you look over to the left on the side of the road around the semi, that is where your skills, instincts and actions will take you. That is where you NEED to look. If you look straight into the grille of the oncoming truck, that is where you will take yourself. I can promise you this.”

We often underestimate the power of a vision. We give it lots of lip service. The point the Aussie driver made reminded me literally and figuratively what can happen when our visions aren’t clear or when they take a back seat to our daily actions and results that we get tied up in. It’s so easy to cross the line and get caught up in focusing solely on specific results and actions, intended as tools to support your vision, and lose that vision in the process. Results, systems and actions are the means to the end that end being your vision, what is most important. And developing a vision isn’t a one-time thing. It’s not a 4-hour session to decide which would sound best on a card or web site. It’s a dynamic, vital component that should drive your choices, decisions and actions.

Another thing that sidetracks our success is focusing on what we don’t want to happen instead of what we do want to happen. We create what we fear or don’t want by focusing on it. Where you look is where you will go. It’s a powerful phenomenon (be bee de bee dep – sorry Benny Hill was channeling).

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is
too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

– Michelangelo

Of course we need to take action to see results and get closer to our vision. What we often underestimate is the power of attraction in achieving those results when our vision is clear. Once we have clarity of vision, solutions, results, systems, people, solutions we hadn’t considered present themselves with less effort and more bang for the buck.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
– Unknown

Remember (and try to hear this in a great Australian accent) where you look is WHERE YOU WILL GO. Where are you looking????? If you have a clear vision and all the horsepower, skills, energy, momentum,…instincts will follow. Look at the grille of the oncoming truck and the same will happen. Where do you want your energy projecting you?

For a few points to keep in mind thoughts on what keeps us from our vision and coaching questions…continue here.

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your thoughts…
• What is your vision?
• What activities support your vision?
• When is it hard to keep the vision in focus?
• What activities do you feel probably don’t support your vision?