Vision, what is it? Clark Kent has x-ray vision, something none of us have, but that is not vision. Is it the eagle, who has the most developed eyes in the animal kingdom and can see a rabbit clearly from a distance of one mile away? Nope, that is not vision. Is it the telescope, that gives us a perception of things that are a million miles away as though they are close enough to touch? That is not it either. These were all created using vision, but they are all a function of sight.
What is the difference between vision and sight? Sight is simply the power of seeing. It is what you can discern or see visually with your eyes based on the amount of light available and translated by the visual cortex in your brain. Based upon this, sight is a function of translation. Translation requires a point of reference. There are some things in your future you do not have a point of reference for and must be shown. However, all of us have an ability to see further than our eyes can look. Vision!
Before we define vision, let us look at some relationships of vision that are vital to its understanding and application from the viewpoint of organizational and operational growth Vision 20 and development. Considering that nothing in our universe functions in isolation vision is best understood in the context of purpose, vision, and mission. Purpose, vision and mission are like a three stranded cord, that when taken together enhance the strength of execution and increase exponentially the probability of success.
Purpose, is the original intent for something, it is “the why” in the mind of the one creating or initiating. Vision, is the inspiration that comes from purpose, it is “the what” that is based entirely on the purpose, which comes out of the mind of the creator or initiator. Mission, is the specific systems and processes used to accomplish the vision, it is “the how.” Vision becomes successful through its mission. Purpose is fulfilled through its vision.
So then, what is vision?
- Vision is communications technology. There is one amazing characteristic about vision. It comes from outside of us, into us. It bypasses the visual cortex in the brain. Considering this, the source of vision is a challenge for many people. There is an action or interaction that produces the release of a thought, idea, or concept from outside of us that becomes the focus of our conscious thought. It is an “Ah Ha!” moment. It requires us to develop a sensitivity to our environment in our seeing, hearing, and emotions. This sensitivity is key in perceiving potentially new products, services, systems and processes, and innovation.
- Vision is a picture of a fulfilled purpose. It is that portion of purpose, “the why“, that becomes visible enough for you to create a crystallized picture of “the what“.
- Vision is a picture of your preferred future. It’s the future that you see in front of you as opposed to the future you’re standing in.
- Vision is an inspired look at reality. It is a picture of reality through the lens of potential. As an adjective, potential is defined as having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. As a noun, potential is defined as latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. Vision is directly connected to the things that are within you that have yet to come out of you.
- Vision is seeing with intelligence. It is seeing your environment through the lens of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Considering that inspiration is involved, it also means seeing your environment through a lens that is beyond anything that you currently know and understand. This becomes a catalyst that leads us beyond what we currently know and understand.