Clarity is always present, but we don’t see it that way.
Just as blue sky and sunshine are obscured by clouds, as starlight is obscured by daylight, we know the blue sky, the sun, the stars, and the dark expanse of space are there – all the time. Just because we cannot see them, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
People of faith often describe their belief that way – something they trust even though they cannot see it. I’m not there …
But, in terms of how we do things with one another, solve problems, seize opportunities or make projects happen – allowing our wishes, designs, and plans to leap from our imaginations to become a reality is usually not the mine-field of obstacle and impossibility we conjure. The most limiting barriers are often not physical ones, but communication ones; how, and using what tools, can we portray our vision so others can see it? How do we take away clouds, turn on the sunlight or spotlight, so someone else, or many people, can see what we envisage? What we dream?
If I dream of a grand vision, of something complicated, something I need support for from anyone – how do I convince them I am the best creator, best visionary, and best suited to execute the strategy?
Do we do that by explaining our story in chapter-sized segments, or by describing impact in broad-brush philosophical terms first, or by rolling out a finished blueprint saying ‘ta-da, there it is!’ and resting our who argument on that reaction?
Most of us would defer to a process of engagement, sharing the planning (and input) expertise of others to come up with the best vision of a finished product, right?
If we want to build a skyscraper, do a moonshot, or create a new city – those are the collaborative and teamwork guidelines, right?
Surely that’s how the pyramids were built.
But not for Guttenberg? Or Mozart? Or Cervantes?
Or _________ who led _________ to create ___________. (fill your own blanks)
More importantly, I ask of you – young and old, what brilliant idea or project or earth-altering idea are you keeping locked away in your head and not acting on?
Let it out.
Nobody else can.
Nobody can see it – not because of clouds or darkness or lack of commitment, but they cannot see your vision.
The only thing between our fuzzy state of mind and clarity is our mind – we are blocking our own path, our point of view, and the opportunity to see what is within our field of view and beyond.