Mental Vision Required

Sam Walton the founder of Wal-Mart once said, “Capital isn't scarce; vision is.”  He knew well the power of seeing in your mind where you want to go. He obviously knew where he wanted to go with the little company he founded in a small Arkansas town. His vision was: “If we work together, we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone…we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better life.” That philosophy was turned into the company motto of: “Save money, live better.” Last year the company he founded sold a staggering $469,000,000,000 in revenue making it the largest retail company in the world and living up to the vision Sam Walton had for the company.  

 

McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc also saw his empire in his mind long before it actually existed. He came up with a company motto to guide the company and to help it get where he wanted to go. That motto was: “Quality, service, cleanliness and value.” He kept repeating it to employees for the rest of his life and that philosophy still guides the company that now has over 31,000 locations worldwide."

As some of you know there is no scarcity of vision in a little country in the Middle East called Dubai. It has a population of 2,106,177 and is ruled by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  In March 2000, the shaikh told London's Sunday Telegraph newspaper, "I have a vision. I look to the future, 20, 30 years.” His vision for the country seems impossible in scope and execution, given that Dubai does not have the vast oil resources of its rich neighbors. Yet, if the ambitious shaikh can realize his vision, sandy and barren Dubai will have: A cluster of man-made islands dredged from the sea and designed to resemble the continents of the world; another cluster of islands shaped to look from the air like a palm tree; the largest shopping mall in the world; the world’s tallest sky scraper (2,722 feet); an amusement park twice the size of Disney World; an indoor ski mountain; the first underwater luxury hotel; the largest fully-automated rail system in the world; and the world’s largest airport.

 

Of course you don’t have to build the worlds biggest and best to be a visionary and accomplish great things in life. The results of vision are everywhere. Some recognize that a target, to be hit, must be seen. We are surrounded by examples of individuals with tremendous vision. For example Brigham Young University graduate Travis Snyder wanted to encourage novice and professional runner to fun together for fun. He put together a fun run in January 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona called “The Color Run.” That event drew 6,000 participants.  During 2012 The Color Run held events in over 50 cities in North America with over 600,000 participating making it the largest 5k event series in the U.S. In 2013 there will be events held in over 130 cities in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. It all started because an individual had a desire to help individuals see that physical exercise could be fun. To do that of course you have runners get doused with colored Cornstarch.

What is your vision? What will you do about it?

Lessons
 Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.
 Before you accomplish anything great you must have a vision of where you’re going.
 Big vision always precedes big accomplishment
 The world steps aside for someone who knows where they are going.

Challenge
Spend some time this week creating a mental vision of where you want to go in life. Use that vision to guide your future steps and then get to work to accomplish you vision.

 

 

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