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The power of a compelling vision


Vision is the source and hope of life. The greatest gift ever given to mankind is not the gift of sight, but the gift of vision.

Sight is a function of the eyes; vision is the function of the heart.

“Eyes that look are common, but eyes that see are rare.” Nothing noble or noteworthy on earth was ever done without vision. No invention, development, or great feat was ever accomplished without the inspiring power of this inexplicable source called vision.

Civilisations were born and developed through the driving power of a visionary leader.

The canvas of history is painted with evidence of the creative, tradition-defying force of vision. Social, economic, architectural, medical, scientific and political achievement and advancements owe their conception and birthing to the power of vision.

This is the power that can liberate you to the higher levels of achievement and prominence. Life changers and world shapers are driven and propelled by a sound vision. Your future belongs to the vision that you craft today.

Any civilisation that is trapped in a time warp of the past, suffocated by the traditions of the past experiences and buried in the grave of the glories of the past successes, is doomed to die.

Vision is the key to unlocking the gates of what was and what is, to propelling us into the land of what could be, and has not yet been.

Vision sets you free from the limitations of what the eyes can see and allows you to enter into the liberty of what the heart can feel.

It is vision that makes the unseen visible and the unknown possible.

Vision also makes suffering and disappointment bearable.

Vision generates hope in the midst of despair and provides endurance in tribulation. Vision inspires the depressed and motivates the discouraged.

Without vision, life would be a study in cyclic frustration within a whirlwind of despair. Vision is the foundation of courage and the fuel of persistence.

It is the cornerstone of all progress and prosperity.
It was vision that inspired the first Biblical civilisation established by the great hunter Nimrod.

Vision produced the great Egyptian civilisation over 4 000 years ago and gave rise to the towering pyramids that still amaze us today.

Vision inspired the Greeks to produce philosophy and art that still impact the thinking of our world.

Vision inspired the explorers who circumvented the globe and ignited the creation and expansion of many of the nations that we know today.

Vision transformed the agricultural world into the industrial age. Vision gave birth to the thousands of inventions in the last two centuries that have transformed our lives.

It is vision that is propelling the world from the information era to the space age.

It was the vision of flight that inspired the Wright brothers to invent the airplane.

It was the vision that possessed Thomas Edison to invent the light bulb. It was the vision of a desk-sized computer that motivated Stephen Jobs to invent the desktop computer.

It was the vision of giving every person access to people-friendly software that inspired Bill Gates to develop and establish the Microsoft global empire.

It was vision that inspired a disgruntled Zimbabwean people to take up arms against the shackles of colonisation. Vision is the energy of advancement.

Our world today is in desperate need of vision. Even a casual look at the prevailing conditions in our 21st century world is enough to produce fear, hopelessness, uncertainty, insecurity, emotional and social trauma, depression, disillusionment, discouragement and despair.

The threat of economic collapse, social disintegration, moral decay, religious conflict, political instability, global health epidemics, ethnic cleansing and the clash of civilisations demands leadership that can see beyond the now into a preferred future, that has the skill to transfer that vision into reality, and has the courage to inspire us to go there.

Where there is no vision

The wise king of Israel, Solomon, stated in the Book of Proverbs: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29 vs 18). The words have been quoted and repeated by millions of people over the years because they capture the significant role vision has in our individual, corporate, and national lives. The full essence of his statement implies that where there is no revelation of the future, people throw off self-control, personal discipline and restraint.

Simply put, vision is the source of personal and corporate discipline. It is my call upon every serious world citizen to come up with a compelling vision that will transform the course of our world in a positive dimension. Let’s make an appointment to meet at the top having fully pursued our different visions aggressively and changing the course of history positively.

•Noah Mangwarara is a Motivational Speaker & Leadership Consultant. He is the author of several motivational, leadership & marriage books. Contact Noah on 0915 952 634/ nmangwarara@gmail.com

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