Here's why vision matters

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Imagine you are leaving on a road trip but don’t know where you want to go. There you sit in the driveway, unable to move, for you don't know whether to turn right or left at the end of the driveway. Even if you decide to press the gas and wing it, your internal navigation system looks for familiar landmarks and indicators - and you end up driving around the block, right back to where you started. 

Now imagine knowing that you want to go to Hawaii. You've seen the pictures and heard the stories. You are out-of-your-gourd excited and can't wait to get there. You may not know how to get there, exactly, but you are now looking for a different set of landmarks and indicators.  

And most important, you are practicing the feeling of being in Hawaii by talking about it, researching it, watching Netflix movies about it, making decisions about what you'll do when you get there, and saving your lunch money. Everywhere you go, there seem to be new stories, information, advice, ideas and pictures of Hawaii. You are living and breathing Hawaii - and somehow others have joined you!

All the while, you are still not in Hawaii! You haven't even left the house. You're still going to work and making your bed in the morning, but Hawaii is so real that you walk around feeling buoyed and excited - just like you think you will feel when you get there. You are already enjoying the benefits of Hawaii long before Hawaii is a “reality.”

That’s why vision matters. It closes the distance between where you are and where you want to go. When you ask, “What does it look like today, right now, in this moment, ”there” only looks far away. It's really right here.