Having a Vision

by Dr. Rob Bell

Walt Disney passed away before Magic Kingdom was built. At the coronation, an individual stated “It’s too bad that he [Walt Disney] didn’t live to see this.” Someone replied, “He saw it before any of us did, that’s why it’s here.”

One of the most powerful mental skills is imagery, which can be used in a variety of ways. Imagery is most powerful through helping us create a vision. I believe that we have to see and feel what it is that we really want to achieve.

A goal for some is to become a millionaire. So, one imagery activity at workshops is to picture themselves with a million dollars.  Rarely do people actually picture themselves lying in a pool of money, instead, we see ourselves doing specific activities. We picture the types of activities we’re doing, who we’re interacting with, and the feeling of being a millionaire. For instance, perhaps we see ourselves donating the money, which makes us feel special and worthy. It is a fun exercise, but the importance is to help create an impetus for our actions.

The best part of imagery is that it is easy to help create our vision. The more often we practice, the clearer our vision becomes. We can all begin creating our vision by answering three common questions:

  • What do we want to do
  • Who do we want to be with
  • Where do we want to be

Each question should be pictured clear and specific as possible. Envision the type of work that makes us feel competent; the types of interactions we are doing, and what a perfect day looks like. The goal is to create a vision with all three combined. For instance, if we envision traveling, playing golf, or attending the zoo with our family as perfect days, then we should aspire to make this vision our reality.

Creating a vision is the first step in moving toward our chosen goal. What separated Ray Kroc from the McDonald brothers was that he had a distinct vision of creating how masses of people could enjoy fast food. Lastly, the Ball State Men’s Golf team has created a vision of winning the 2010 MAC championship.

-“Vision without execution is hallucination”-Thomas Edison

Rob Bell, PhD, Professor of Sport Psychology at Ball State University, can be reached at (865) 591-7730 or [email protected]

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