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Why Create a Vision?
"If we keep doing what
- Choices and decisions we make create
consequences, without the direction of a clear vision to guide us,
we fail to acquire the quality-of-life results we expect.
- Partial visions lead to imbalance in life.
- Visions based on reflections by others, and not on the
inner personal-self are not rewarding and empowering to the
- A shared vision empowers and impacts quality-of-life.
- A well-defined vision leads to satisfaction and a sense of
meaning and purpose in life.
- The lack of a clear vision leads to settling for what ever
happens, creating and staying true to a vision makes things happen.
we're going to keep getting what we're getting."
"When one door closes, another one opens. But we often
look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that
has opened for us"
-Alexander Graham Bell
"The most damaging phrase in language is:
‘It's always been done that way"
-Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
What is a Vision?
A vision is a clear
picture of what you hope to create
- A vision begins as an idea in your
imagination that you have a desire to make real.
- The idea turns into the intention and will to achieve that
- Refining and clarifying the idea along with the intentions
to achieve it are what turn into the vision.
- The vision is the articulation of the desired future that
is better in some important way then what exists or what is expected
(as of now)
to exist in the future.
--Chynoweth and Dyer (1991, pg 63) Strengthening Families
"A vision is the art of seeing
"The best way to predict your future is
to create it "
THE POWER OF VISION!
-- Steven Covey (1994, p103) First Things First
The ability to see
beyond our present reality, to create, to invent what does not
yet exist, to become what we not yet are. It gives us the
capacity to live out of our imagination instead of our memory.
Creating a Vision: Begin by Dreaming
"You can't have a better
tomorrow if your thinking about yesterday all the time "
- Consider who you and your child would like
to participate in helping to build a vision.
- Brainstorm, Dream, Imagine.
- Focus on things that will give your child a sense of
purpose and meaning in life.
- Do not limit your dreams to what is, where things
currently exist, or what has typically occurred in the lives of
others with disabilities similar to your child's.
- Dreams are not based on or limited by your child's needs,
their needs will be determined by the dream.
"The best way to predict your future is
to create it."
"A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for"
- John A Shedd
"You see things and ask ‘Why?'.
But I dream things that never were and say ‘Why not?'."
- George Bernard Shaw
Clarifying and Refining the Vision
"Imagination is more
important than knowledge"
- Creating a vision is a process of nurturing
and cultivating ideas and imagination.
- Differentiate between the future that would become real
and the future of your vision.
- The vision must be about changing that which is likely to
occur, rather then changing that "what is".
- The vision is about changing the world in a way that
wouldn't have normally happened.
- The vision must distinguish between what must change and
what must not change.
- It must be clear and well-defined to be a real vision.
"It is better to aim high and miss then to never aim
"Only those who attempt the absurd ... will
achieve the impossible"
"I always wanted to be
but I see now I should have been more specific."
Taking Action and Supporting theVision
"Vision without action
is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare"
- Share the vision and help others recognize
their importance in the realization of the vision.
- Lock onto the vision, make it a way of life, a part of
- Make each day a step toward making the vision a dream come
- Become aware of and utilize the natural forces that move
toward achievement of the vision.
- Become aware of and avoid, reduce, or neutralize those
that lead away from the vision.
- Anticipate resistance in the accomplishment of the vision.
- Envision the implications of successfully achieving the
"Action may not always bring happiness:
but there is no happiness without action"
-Henry Van Dyke
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of plan
in which we must frequently believe, and upon which we must vigorously
There is no other road to success."
"Obstacles are those
frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goals."
Living the Vision
"Most people who
feel empowered by their mission statement find that there seems
to be some point at which their statement "lives". They own it.
It's theirs. The vital connection is made between the mission
and the moment in life. Then, with nurturing and continuing
cultivation, the mission becomes the primary factor that
influences every moment of choice. " (Covey, First Things First
REMEMBER THE PERSON!
REMEMBER THE VISION!