“The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has sight, but no vision.” – Helen Keller
In our own lives, we each make decisions about our business, work, career and social and intimate relationships. Yet many of these decisions aren’t the result of careful planning and conscious choice. They are decisions by default made out of habit or impulse, or the outcome of not making a choice at all. These default choices are the products of habits and not a genuine reflections of what we are capable of.
What Is a Vision?
It is a mental image that inspires sustained action. While fantasy uses imagination to escape from the present reality, vision engages creative imagination to purposefully shape it. What differentiates a visionary idea from imaginative fantasy is its power to inspire purposeful action from day-to-day.
What Happens if We Don’t Own our Vision?
We may gradually numb our senses, deny our passion and slowly settle into routine, accepting what is, rather than what can be.
“Where there is no vision people perish”
The lack of vision and the gradual decent into mundane is so well captured by the parable of the “boiled frog”.
If you place a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to scramble out. But if you place the frog in room temperature water, and don’t scare it, it’ll stay put. Now, if the pot sits on a heat source, and if you gradually turn up the temperature, something interesting happens. As the temperature initially rises from 70 to 80 degrees F., the frog will not notice it. In fact, it will show every sign of enjoying itself.
As the temperature gradually increases, the frog will become groggier and dazed until it is unable to climb out of the pot even though nothing restraining it, the frog will sit there and boil.
The fate of the boiled frog isn’t so unlike that of individuals, leaders or organisations as they gradually laze into routine and abandon their vision and creative force.
Have I Become Indifferent?
If you could realize every last bit of your business or team potential, what would that look like?
If for the moment there was nothing to stop you and you knew you could not possibly fail what would you do?
Is there a big gap between the current reality and your answer to above questions? If yes, it may be a sing of ‘boilling frog’ syndrome.
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