“A vision is a mental picture of the results you want to achieve – a picture so clear and strong, it will help make that result real. A vision is not a vague wish or dream or hope. It’s a picture of the real results of real efforts. It comes from the future and informs and energizes the present.”

– John Graham, author and adventurer

Space exploration has been a subject of fascination for my family since my kids were old enough to understand what it was. Over the years, this curiosity has grown beyond science fiction to an interest in “science fact” – both history and future possibility.

Recently, we sat down as a family to watch the movie “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who worked for NASA, playing a vital role during the early years of the U.S. Space Program.

The movie is full of great lines, but one in particular strikes a chord with me every time I hear it. In the scene where Kevin Costner’s character, NASA’s Al Harrison, shares his vision for sending a man to the moon, he passionately delivers the line, “In my head, we’re already there.”

By today’s standards, the concept of landing on the moon might seem slightly mundane – but in the early 60s, that was a powerful statement describing a mighty vision.

Dreams before details: Defining your vision

The Oxford Dictionary defines “vision” as “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” A well-crafted vision not only serves to inspire, but provides a clearer sense of purpose and direction.

We see the importance of vision everywhere, especially in the Law of Correspondence, a universal law stating that our outer world is nothing more than a reflection of our inner world. To change anything in our outer world, we must first begin by changing our world within.

We see it in the business world – where “vision statements” help declare a company’s grand purpose. We see it in exploration, in politics, and in planning of any kind. It can also be seen in our personal lives, when there is something we seek to achieve, acquire or change within ourselves.

A vision statement isn’t a roadmap, and it doesn’t come complete with the steps to get there. But, personally or professionally, having a vision is powerful. It creates a purpose and infuses every action with intention. It serves to put the world on notice for what’s about to come.

We all should have a vision for where we want to be, who we want to be and what we hope to achieve. So, what about you? In your head, where have you already arrived?


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