What does it mean to have a vision?

Your vision is your future, what you want for your life and career.

“If you don’t know where your going any road will take you there.”

Vision is the preview of life’s coming attractions!

Your vision is like watching an upcoming film trailer. We see the best bits and get excited about seeing the whole film.

When a plane is in the air it encounters up-draughty, down-draughts, storms, high winds and the plane is blown off course. Pilots don’t worry because they have programmed exactly where they will land and the on board computer will re-calculate and bring them to their destination.

Our brain is our super computer and once you’ve programmed your dream and vision, written them down your ready for take off. You may experience storms, difficulties and obstacles, but the brain is programmed to re-calculate and take you to your destination. It doesn’t matter how many times your blown off course it will adjust and find the right path to fulfilment.

If you get out of sync with your vision your brain will react. If you’re not acting in-line with your vision, your brain will do everything to adjust your direction. If you have programmed your mind to live up to your big dream, your vision there will be a reaction if you don’t. Once you engage with your brain and with feelings, emotions your subconscious mind will do everything in its power keep you focused. It makes a strong neural groove which forms a rut which forms your activities. If you move away from these activities your mind starts to get demotivated, angry and fearful until it moves back to your groove.

When it gets dark, foggy, you are stuck in the mist, you don’t know which way is forward. Your vision is your personal GPS, it takes you forward towards your dream. Sometimes you have to fight to see your dream or vision fulfilled.

“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” ― James Corbett

Edmund Hillary modeled in his life that If you keep growing, you will eventually outgrow your obstacle.

(“Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow…but I’m still growing!”)

Everything before it’s done had the title never been done. A quick cliché, the word possible is in impossible.

Change is constant as life is fluid and continually moving. We are either moving forward or moving backward. We are either growing or we are getting stuck in patterns of behaviour with every choice we make.

It is a choice we make every day, to chase the dreams and the vision that is in our hearts. We cannot let past mistakes stop us from laying a hold of the success that awaits us in the future. Their in the past, we’ve already passed them. We don’t have to return to situations we have already passed. We need to

stop reminding ourselves of setbacks and failures. Sometimes our stumbling blocks have a way of opening us up to new ways of learning. Turn your stumbling block into a stepping stone by learning and embracing the life lesson on offer. Leave a past mistake in the past, pass it learn from it and continue towards your greater goal.

Failure is never the destination but it can be productive and eye opening viewed from the right perspective. I would say failure is necessary, think about it. It’s all part of the process. The road to self discovery is full of events which reveal to us who we are not, as much as it does who we are. Keep your momentum in a forward direction and enjoy the journey.

Failing to plan is planning to fail!

It’s so easy to look from the other side of the fence and have a judgement of someone else based on your own experience. The fact is they are not basing their action on your experience it is based on theirs. The only way true understanding is reached, is by climbing the fence and don’t just listen but hear. If you don’t see it through their eyes your understanding will always be your own and not the true understanding.

“Wrong assumptions are at the root of every misunderstanding.”

When you have an opportunity to speak the first thing you need to do is make sure you get your facts right.

“Listening is both magnetic and strange, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” Karl A. Menninger


Whatever the mind harbours, the body expresses.

“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from the industry, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.” Andrew Bernstein.

Q1. What has you most worried within the current climate?

Worry is negative goal setting. When there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside has no grounds to harm you.

40% of things we worry about never happen. 30% of things we worry about are in the past 12% are needless worries about health.
10% are unimportant things

4% are things you can do nothing about. 4% Take action.

Step 1 – Define it in writing
Step 2 – Determine worst possible outcome
Step 3 – Resolve and Accept
Step 4 – Do everything to stop worst possible outcome.

If your mind can cause you to think small it can cause you to think big.

“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Hans Selye.

We must keep learning so we can keep growing. As an artist I started in my bedroom, it took practice and learning so I could move from my bedroom to the largest arenas in the country. I studied successful emcees, explored different ways to express my grammatical understanding and replicated what successful hip hop artists did. It takes practice, being on purpose in the little details.

We are here for a short time so if you want to leave a legacy, leave footprints. Our end goal is to let our lights shine, and when we all shine it encourages more to shine and be their best. Marianne Williamson has a beautiful way of saying it.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we
are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

(“Carpe Diem” is an important and symbolic quote in the book and film, Dead Poets Society. Carpe Diem, in Latin means to seize the day, to look for opportunities in life and make the most of them. One of the central messages of the film is that you don’t need to be a celebrity, politician, or rich man to have a special life. One must simply know how to enjoy the moment, be happy and loyal to oneself, and enjoy each second of life as if it were the last).

Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

Finding the Music Inside