It may seem like a simple question at face value. It is a question that is however not about what you can currently see with your physical eyes but rather about what you see when you look into your future. This is not often something we like to do for various reasons, one of which is the fear that we may be disappointed if we don’t get what we go after. Or perhaps you may not like where you are headed but at the same time you feel somewhat powerless to change your course. Or could it be that you are just too busy dealing with the daily grind to spare the time it will take to consider where you are heading.

In Coaching we sometimes use a technique known as visualization or future pacing. I get the clients to picture themselves in the future that they are aspiring to. I encourage them to experience that moment in the future with as many of their senses as they possibly can – see it, hear it, feel it etc. This can be a powerful exercise because human beings will often pursue what they can see, even if that picture is only in their imagination. That is why advertisements are so effective. We see it, then we want it and finally we go after it. You know its true.

When you look into your future what do you see?

Where will your business or organization be in five years? Ten years? Twenty?

How would you have grown personally and professionally?

If all you see is slugging and fruitless hard work then guess what – that’s what you’ll probably get. If on the other hand you see your personal and professional lives going from strength to strength, with you and your team growing in every possible way, then you are more likely to achieve that.

You can’t do much about our past, but you do have a say about where you will find yourself tomorrow. You can make choices today that will reap good fruit tomorrow. It is never too late to begin again; as long as you have breath and are wiling to do what it takes, I believe you can change your destiny.

But it all starts with changing the picture in your mind.

Your brain thinks largely in pictures. That’s why that saying exists that a picture speaks louder than a thousand words. It is why people who have dreams that they can visualize usually go ahead to achieve them in the face of life’s biggest challenges and setbacks. You can read more about this in my latest E-Book From Dreaming to Living available soon.

Now I am not saying that all it is going to take is visualizing where you would like to see yourself or your organization in the future. There is no doubt you are going to need a lot of hard work, persistence and wise decisions. Visualization exercises are not an excuse for being lazy or sitting on your backside when you should be out there making waves in your organisation. But you can’t go after what you can’t see.

There is no motivation to pursue what does not inspire you to action.

This week I read about a man who failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded. He didn’t give up because he saw a different mode of transport that others around him somehow couldn’t see. That man’s name was Henry Ford. We owe the automobile to the power of his vision.

What do you see? The good news is that you can change what you are seeing if you don’t like the look of it. Get a vision for yourself or your organization that will fill you with excitement and enthusiasm every time you think about it. Write it down so that you don’t forget. Or draw a picture of it.

Then go out there and make it happen.