As a Futurist, one of the things I've discovered over the years is that cycles -- life patterns where you pretty much do the same thing on the regular --- are fairly common. People embrace cycles because they are familiar and that they offer a sense of security in a world that often seems strange, uncomfortable and dangerous. Even if those cycles are dangerous, some people conclude that "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know." This kind of processing leads abused spouses to stay in abusive relationships. It leads corporation executives to bankrupt a company. It can even lead grown adults to say climate change is a hoax. While cycles are not necessarily bad in and of themselves, we are living in a time where we need to go above and beyond all that we know. There is a tool that can be used to break the power of habit and cycle and help us go above and beyond. It's a super power most of us have, but perhaps have under developed as a skill. That super power is vision.
Vision, the ability to imagine and see things that others cannot and the ability to turn it into a reality, is usually left to politicians, preachers or CEOs as a tool of the ambitious and well connected. The truth is, all human beings have been born with it as part of the human package. To what degree we develop it usually determines the quality of our lives. Here are some of the basic benefits of vision....
Vision can be a powerful unifier. I would submit that when a country, city or community is in discord, the lack of a common vision is usually at the center of the problem. Vision doesn't mean everyone agrees on an item. It means that the vision or a view of the road ahead is so big, inclusive, affirmative and compelling, people are willing to put aside their differences to make that one thing happen, first and foremost.
Vision is positive. There are people who unify their communities through fear. They tell you about all the things you should be afraid of. They tell you about the "others" and what those others will do to you. They tell you of the loss you will suffer from the others. That fear directly affects your quality of life. Vision is just the opposite. Vision leans on the benefits of a shared idea. It thrives when more people are able to participate in it. In quantum mechanics, vision is the vehicle for The Observer Effect --- the observed is affected by the observer. Fear begats more fear and affects the quality of our experience. While a positive vision has a direct affect on the quality of our lives. We are affecting that life through how we envision it.
Vision makes you put in work. Most people may not look at vision as a process, but it is. It requires you to flesh out a passing thought or idea. It demands that you think it through so that it's more than a wish or a dream, but an action plan. Vision requires you to make, at least, a mental commitment to something that used to be a fringe blip on your radar. Developing the vision means you are now committed to seeing the vision through. It will take a few changes along the way, but now it won't be left to chance.
Unfortunately, many people around us have reduced vision to personal gain, materialism and political gamesmanship. In the old world, this approach created a gain for a few, but led all of us to an existential crisis called climate catastrophe. The new world we are shifting into requires us to be magicians --- turning poison into medicine, conflict into companionship and profit into abundance. It is the super power that gives us the greatest chance to thrive and succeed in a time of climate crisis. Vision is the tool for this level of work.
Most of us know all the things you're against. Chances are you've posted it on social media at one time or another.
But what are you for? The essence of that is your vision.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org