This year is going to be the best year of your life. You are about to turn the biggest corner of your life. Do you know why? All of your life has been leading you up to this point in time. You were born for such a time as this. Imagine yourself casting a spiritual vision for this year that is miraculous in nature.
What is a spiritual vision? It is something you manifest by faith and it may seem just outside the realm of possibility to you naturally. It is outside of your access within your own abilities.
How can you cast the freshest vision possible for your life? This year you can create something new under the sun, never done before. Your vision can be something not limited by the constraints of the past nor those imposed upon the present moment. Step outside the box and create the largest vision you have ever written for your life.
Jack London who was one of the first writers that ever earned a large fortune from writing along with worldwide celebrity status wrote the following. “I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live and not just exist.”
Do not let anything stop you just because it has never been done before. You could be the only one in your family, in your neighborhood, or in your generation to ever accomplish it. Anything is possible.
“Spiritual vision requires that what we see with our eyes of our hearts will be more real to us than what we see with our natural eyes. We must see what is invisible to others.” – Rick Joyner
Ask yourself 3 questions about your vision
What is my perfect 20/20 vision for my life? How can I see with greater clarity the highest vision possible for my passion, my purpose and my destiny? How can I position myself to manifest greatness?
You were born to be a leader in your industry and take the world by storm. You were born to be a champion surrounded by others who have a unique thumbprint and will make a divine imprint on the world.
Step One: Cast Your Vision
A spiritual vision is laid out with a huge dream that you may not know how to complete. You begin it in faith that the end will manifest. It is a dream that accomplishes a purpose driven way greater than yourself.
It may even seem impossible to fulfill. The energy behind such a vision will invite others in alongside you to help you manifest what you do not know how to do on your own. It is the largest vision possible that gives back to others in the greatest way.
The more defined and clear your vision is the more you can run with it. An example is Blake Mycoskie who wrote the book “Start Something that Matters.” He decided to start a business with a give back principle. He started TOMS Shoes and for every pair of shoes you buy, he gives away a pair to a child in a third world country. People were telling him that it should not be done as a business principle. You can’t give it all away. But, he did!
Step Two: Write the Vision Down
Write the dream out in vivid detail. Vision boards, pictures, words and vision statements. How will you know what it looks like if you cannot see it clearly? Begin with the end in mind. One of my favorite exercises I do at the beginning of a New Year is to write myself a letter for the end of that year as if my vision has already been accomplished.
So write a letter and date it for December 31st of that same year. Write yourself a letter thanking yourself for all it took you to overcome that year to see your vision fulfilled. Write it in the present tense as you are sitting at the end of the year seeing it complete.
You are practicing being in the mindset of completion. The letter goes in your goal journal, calendar or on your vision board to remind you throughout the year you have an end goal in mind. Imagine the joy you experience at the end of the year as you meet the person you have become along the way.
“Your thoughts shape your vision. You see what you choose to see.”
Step Three: Position Yourself for Your Vision and Release it
Where are you seated right now? You can change your position anytime in life, and step into a new space. How do you position yourself for the highest manifestation of your dreams? I believe it has a lot to do with whom you sit under. Do you have a powerful mentor that challenges you and calls you out on ways you limit yourself?
You need to share your vision with someone in your inner circle to hold you accountable. The inner circle in life defines us. It is our core just like the mitochondria of a cell that gives its very life force to draw strength from. Ask those in your inner circle to invest in your vision by cheering you on during the year to make your end goal on time.
The largest of visions have to be declared aloud in front of others to hold them accountable. Release what is in your hand and let it come out of you this year. There is nothing stopping you! Ask yourself this question: Why did God put me on this Earth and isn’t it about time, I committed to manifest it?
What do you want to accomplish in 2020? Share it with us below so we can keep you accountable!
Why Do We Have An Unconscious Bias and How Can We Manage It?
When I hear someone using my name once in a while throughout the conversation we are having, I cannot stop myself thinking “this person must have read Dale Carnegie’s books or must have been influenced by someone who read them…” Have you just recalled a similar moment and it felt nice?
As Dale Carnegie famously said, “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and the most important sound in any language”. Why did Dale Carnegie highlight the importance of an individual’s name to that person in his “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book published in 1936?
Each and every one of us wants to feel special and unique. I guess he recommends using the person’s name in the conversation because that is one of the easiest ways to grab that person’s attention so that we can enhance the chances of getting our point across. However, I am more interested in this from the other side; hearing our names directly addresses our individuality, our need or desire to feel special and unique.
Let’s park this one for now and we will come back.
Categorization is essential to our survival
There is countless scientific research telling us about how our brains recognize similarities and put things into categories, which has been crucial to our survival in evolution and still helps us with a lot of things from learning new things to coping with the continuous influx of massive amounts of information through our senses.
The continuous influx of information is mostly handled by our subconscious mind rather than conscious. It is estimated that our brains receive about 11 million bits of information every second through our senses, of which only 40-50 bits can be processed by our conscious mind. We process more information than we are aware of. The magic here is the subconscious mind.
An example is when you are at a very loud party where you hear a lot of words flying around without you recognizing each one of them, then suddenly, you immediately catch it when you hear your name. Your subconscious had been processing all of those words, without your awareness, but informed your conscious mind when your name was out there because it was relevant to you.
In order to most effectively process this much information and inform the conscious mind with only the relevant ones, our subconscious employs categorization as one of its strategies.
When our ancestors encountered some deadly predators in the African savanna, their subconscious prompted their conscious mind to immediately fight or flight by categorizing the information gathered through their senses into “predator / life threat / take action”. Most probably we are not descendants of the ones that were frozen rather than fighting or flighting!
Although it is a completely different situation, the same strategy applied in remembering lists. Let’s look at the below two lists.
- lion, eagle, shark, leopard, hawk, whale, panther, falcon and dolphin
- lion, leopard, panther, eagle, hawk, falcon, shark, whale and dolphin
The second list is easy to remember because it is reordered into relevant groups even though the content of the both lists are identical.
Subconsciousness is the magic and categorization is one of its key strategies. It is essential to our survival, learning new skills and processing information as well as bringing back the information we had processed and stored.
This amazing skill has its drawbacks
As a result of our brains’ categorization strategy, we also categorize people, especially if we don’t know them as well as our closest ones.
Imagine I am sitting at the table next to yours while you are having your favorite coffee and working on your computer or reading your novel at your neighborhood coffee shop. I stand up, very calmly grab your bag, and start walking away. Your reaction might be quite different depending on my outfit. It could be much more vocal and harsh if I have a dirty T-Shirt and a pair of torn jeans on. However, if I have some navy colored, 3-piece suit and well-pressed white button up shirt on, you might even say something like “Excuse me, you might have picked up my bag by mistake”. (There is an experiment done by social psychologists which reported similar results)
Similarly, I would not be surprised to hear that my co-worker’s spouse is very skilled and knowledgeable in English grammar and literature because he is an English teacher. However, I would not expect it from my co-worker herself because she is an outstanding chemical engineer.
This is defined as unconscious bias or stereotyping, as a result of our subconscious brain’s categorization strategy. The outfit I have at the coffee shop impacts your response to my action, because it puts me into a different category in your mind depending on my outfit. My co-worker’s and her spouse’s backgrounds make me put them into different categories, which might mislead me sometimes.
Just like we categorize things, it is very natural that we categorize people.
The key question here for me is; how do we truly treat people as individuals so that they feel unique, just like as they would want, while we know that our brains categorize people?
We can overcome unconscious bias
Leonard Mlodinow, in his enlightening book “Subliminal”, suggests that “if we are aware of our bias and motivated to overcome it, we can.” That doesn’t mean that we need to fight our brain’s categorization strategy. We just need to employ our conscious mind more when we are working or dealing with individuals.
Our unconscious bias might tell us scientists are bunch of technical nerds who cannot understand abstract concepts that marketers are talking about or it might say that marketers are some daydreamers who need to be grounded by scientists to the real world all the time. I am an engineer and I love thinking in abstract terms and I worked with quite a lot of marketers who thought primarily in factual and concrete terms.
Spending some effort to learn more about individuals will help overcome unconscious bias. Gathering more information and qualities about them will make it easier for us to treat them as individuals rather than a member of the category we put them in our minds.
The moral of the story here is to recognize the fact that our brains do categorize, and it is essential; but also, to recognize that every individual wants to feel unique. When we appreciate these two and keep reminding them to ourselves, we are one step closer to figuring out our own way to overcome unconscious bias and treat people more like individuals.
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