In the book Think Out of the Box, Mike Vance, former dean of Disney University, tells the following story about a journalist who persuaded the hospital staff in getting an interview with Walt Disney during his final hours:
“When the journalist finally managed to get into the room, Walt instructed the reporter to lie down on the bed, next to him, so he could whisper in the reporter’s ear. For the next 30 minutes, Walt and the journalist lay side by side as Walt referred to an imaginary map of Walt Disney World on the ceiling above the bed… pointing out where he planned to place various attractions and buildings… transportation, hotels, restaurants, and many other parts of his vision for a property that wouldn’t open to the public for another six years.”
Powerful don’t you think? A dying man in his hospital bed, not interested in discussing how his estate would be allocated amongst his heirs, but instead whispering in a reporter’s ear for 30 minutes, describing his vision for the future and the role he would continue to play in it for generations to come!
More than 40 years after his death, Walt Disney’s legacy continues to inspire thousands of individuals worldwide, but what inspires me most about how he lived his life, was his ability to create a vision that was bigger than himself, and dedicate his whole life to the manifestation of that vision.
When the day comes that you leave this physical plane, what will be the legacy you’d like to leave behind? How would you like to be remembered? What would you like to pass on to future generations? What’s the vision you’re holding deep within your heart, whose time has finally come?
To help you answer these questions, here’s 5 key ideas about creating a vision that I know will inspire you, specially as we head into the end of the year, and you start tuning into the new creative impulses for the life you’d like to create in 2016.
1) A Vision is Something you Create
If you’re waiting for something or someone to tell you what your vision is, you’re wasting your time. A vision is something you create. And creating a vision, as Jonathan Swift reminded us, “is the art of seeing the invisible” first, so that you can then bring it into the world of form. When you close your eyes, and you tune into the deepest longing within your heart for yourself, the people you love, and humanity as a whole, what do you see? What do you feel? What do you sense? How about scheduling a minimum of 2 hours with yourself, just to answer one simple question: what would I love to create in the time I have left?
2) Your Vision is Not Big Enough if it Only Involves You
If your vision only includes you, and you alone, then I’m afraid your vision is too tiny for the Greater Universe to even notice. And the Universe, well, It likes to think BIG. After all, It is not only Big, but it’s expanding constantly at an alarming rate. So, if you’re vision is not big enough that it will require many others to help you build it and live it, then it just not big enough. What would make your vision so big that you’d be willing to talk about it with a reporter for 30 minutes just before you die?
3) The Purpose of a Vision is to Make You Come Fully Alive
The purpose of a vision is to excite you, and when it excites you it will make you come fully alive. And that, Howard Thurman reminded us, is what this world needs more of, people who are coming fully alive in their bodies, hearts and minds. Basically, what would make your vision so much fun, and exciting for you? What would make your vision incredibly amazing, and so worthwhile?
4) A Vision is a Place to ‘Come From’ and not ‘Get To’
If your vision is truly meant to be bigger than you, that also means you’ll probably never see it fully realized. That’s been true of life’s greatest visionaries. If you can embrace this paradox, then you’ll understand why your vision is ultimately not a place you’ll get to eventually one day. Instead, a vision will give you a place to come from each and every moment. This boils to who you are being moment to moment along the journey of manifesting you vision.
5) A Vision that Will Transform your DNA
Will your vision require to become a whole new person, and express qualities and aspects of you that up until now have existed in potential but have not been fully realized? The purpose of a big vision is to effect a deep transformation from the core of your being. It will literally re-program, and re-shape your DNA so that years later when you look back at yourself, you’ll hardly recognize the old you. You’ll look at yourself in the mirror and say, “wow, look who I’ve become!”, only to realize you’ve never felt so fully, and wholeheartedly you.
While the majority of us will never have the same aspirations that Walt Disney had, the truth is that within our hearts there’s an invisible, creative force, or intelligence, urging us to become the most loving, creative, powerful, and amazing versions of ourselves. And this force requires a vision as the vehicle for you to do just that.
Will you commit to tuning into this vision, whatever that might be? Will you commit to seeing it before anyone else does? Just like when, years after Walt Disney’s death, and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was finally completed, someone walked up to Mike Vance and asked him, “Isn’t it too bad Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?” and Vance replied, “He did see it. That’s why it’s here.”
Feel free to leave your questions or comments below!
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