by Howard Litwak

As a Certified Business Coach, Howard specializes in helping Business Owners, Executives, and Managers Improve their ability to set and achieve goals, develop success oriented thinking and habits and refines their skills. He believes that success in business is driven by individuals and teams who have the right combination of these things. Howard has clients that span across 30 different industries. When you meet him, you'll immediately see why he has been so successful across so many business sectors. He mixes big picture thinking, with practical, results oriented actions, and an ability to challenge peoples thinking in a positive way so that they can take different actions. And he is pretty fun to be around. Howard's approach pays rich dividends for clients who put a premium on professional competence, continuous improvement, being the best that they can for themselves and their customers, and will do what it takes to break out of the "status quo."

A vision is a statement about where you want your company to be in the future as compared with where it is today. Creating your vision can be considered discovering your future.

Dewitt Jones from National Geographic produced a masterful piece in both words and images describing the power of vision and the impact it can have on your life and business. It was so powerful, and so applicable to just about everyone, regardless of their role, that I thought it needed to be shared.

The following is based on his work. Make sure to invest the time in watching the video at the end so that you get the full power of the message. As you read and watch, ask yourself the following question: "How can I apply this to myself or my business?"

Create an extraordinary vision. With it you will:

  • Create attitude
  • Create perspective
  • Create pictures that show you the possibilities the world has to offer

Let your vision influence your life and the lives of everyone in your organization. This is what you will charge yourself with every day. Your vision should contain purpose and passion. When the vision is clear, passion and creativity are there as well.

When you start, you won't have any idea how powerful this vision can be. How it can change your life. You see, vision controls your perception and perception controls your reality.

"I'll believe it when I see it." No! It's "I won't see it until I believe it." That's the way life works. You need to believe in your vision. If you don't believe it, you won't see it.

Your vision should make you say "YES!" every morning. "This is why I'm doing what I'm doing."

Your vision is a powerful source. Build a vision of possibility. A vision, no matter how bleak and desolate the situation may seem, still has possibility. This is how you transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. It's there if you are open enough to see it.

How open to possibility are you really? This gives you energy. Don't gripe. Celebrate what's right. By doing this, we find the energy to fix what's wrong.

The right vision gives us possibility, energy, and makes you more accepting of change. Change is the very thing that scares us the most and when looked at from a different perspective, it is possibility. Take a moment and think about that.

Change is possibility and the times of most change always hold the most potential.

Use the power of change to take you to where you want to go. To live with uncertainty yet act with confidence.

The power of vision is extraordinary. It transforms the way we look at the world and ourselves. You have to be willing to take it to the edge internally, to really be comfortable with who you are and to let it all out.

Can you trust your vision and values enough to step out beyond your own edge? To find a new balance of life, not of limitation but of possibility?

You never know where it's going to go. You just need to do it and believe.

Incredible things happen when we are open to possibilities. Because the world is an astounding place.

You can "see it" every day if you're open enough to it, if you hold a vision which fills you with energy, takes you to your own edge, and gives you the courage to soar.

Take the first step today on becoming extraordinary through your vision. Dust yours off if you have one and revamp it until it gives you chills and makes you say "YES!"

Write out your vision of your extraordinary life or company if you haven't done it yet. Putting it on paper is the first step in bridging your dreams and reality.

Send your vision off to us. We would be happy to review it for you and give you some additional ideas on how to become extraordinary.

"Celebrate What's Right With The World" is an amazing video. I'd love for you to sit back with a friend and enjoy every one of the next 22 minutes.