“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – This popular quote is attributed to Peter Drucker. But what does it really mean?
Do you muscle your way into the future, constructing your life as though it’s a project? If you try to do that, you’ll be disappointed.
The real meaning behind this statement is that we need to assume responsibility for our lives and the future we want to impact.
It starts with focusing on the reality you create right now, which is shaped by what you focus your attention on and the images you hold in your mind.
Advanced studies in neuroscience show that we are hard-wired to focus on negative images. When we see something beautiful, we notice . . . → Read More: The Best Way to Predict Your Future
When I ask people to describe what it would look like if there were world peace, it’s hard for them to conjure up specific images or descriptions. However, they easily provide vivid descriptions of what a post-World War III world would look like. All they have to do is describe a recent movie or a video game.
On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, we see few images of a positive future.
The images we hold in our mind have a tremendous impact on the reality we create.
Positive images are not easy to find, but there are more than . . . → Read More: The Images We Hold Create Our Reality
There are three elements of a compelling vision. In my last blog post, I discussed the first element – having a significant purpose. The second element of a compelling vision is a clear picture of the future.
There is tremendous power in holding a picture in your mind of what you intend to create.
I first became aware of the power of holding a picture of what you want to create after the 1976 Olympics. The Russians walked away with almost all of the gold medals, and people were wondering how they did it. We discovered that they were using a technique called “mental rehearsal” where they imagined practicing the race. I was very curious about this and . . . → Read More: Create a Vision With Staying Power – Part 2
The year was 1961. President Kennedy announced the United States would land a man on the moon and return him safely before the end of the decade. He painted an audacious picture, considering NASA had not yet invented the necessary technology. Ten years later, through focused energy, dedication and herculean effort, the team at NASA succeeded. If you had been born by then, chances are you remember exactly where you were on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong made history as the first person to walk on the moon.
The story of the Apollo Moon Project demonstrates the tremendous power released when people share a picture of what they intend to accomplish. They are able of overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve spectacular results.
The . . . → Read More: Are You Taking Your Team to the Moon? What’s Next?
On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, there are so few images of what peace looks like. When I ask people to describe what world peace looks like, they use vague terms. However, they are able to give quite vivid descriptions of what a post-World War III would look like. We must actively seek out positive images or our sense of reality will be unbalanced. Nelson Mandela understood the power of creating a unifying positive image. Arrested in 1962 for his role in… . . . → Read More: What Images Are You Shaping Our Future With?
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney
These are not simply encouraging words. Disney knew that when you create a picture in your mind, tremendous power is released.
My first experience with the “power of picture” took place in a fifth grade classroom when I taught reading to children with learning disabilities. One day it occurred to me that the children had experienced so many years of failure, they probably couldn’t imagine themselves reading a book.
Every day we spent ten minutes in a relaxed guided meditation. We began imagining going into the library, finding a cozy spot and curling up with a great picture book. By the end of the year, they were imagining going into the library reading . . . → Read More: The Power of Picture: 7 Tips to Create Your Picture