By: Idede Oseyande
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”~ Proverbs.
Vision is so important that the book of wisdom did not say the people would perish because of poor infrastructure, poverty, lack of technology, lack of natural resources, corrupt governance, poor family background or lack of proper education. Instead, it said lack of vision!
What then is vision and why is it so important?
Vision is your ability to imagine with the aid of the mind’s eyes, to picture an image of a particular goal.
The vision could be very clear as to what you desire, but the path to accomplishing it might vary from vague to ridiculous or outright impossible.
This is where it gets tough and so many people had to abandon the vision and focus on other ‘achievable things’.
When you get to that crossroads, here is the simple rule of thumb, “once the idea can cross your mind, it is an indication that you have the powers to bring the vision from your mind to reality”.
‘If it is just to draw up a desire, then having a great vision is not difficult’
This is where it gets tricky. There is a difference between a mere wish and a vision.
Let’s deal with the similarities before the differences.
Both wishes and visions originate from the mind. They are both products of our imaginations.
What differentiate a vision from a wish are the steps we take afterwards to drive it to fruition.
Let us take a practical scenario.
When the Visioner conceived the idea behind the UAE, as it is known today, it crossed his mind as a wish. Then he pondered on the opportunities it will create for his people. Then he took action. He shared the vision with others and today the rest is history!
In the concluding part, I shall share how to nurture the vision until it becomes a reality.