Will You Join Me and become a Visionary?

What Is Your Vision?
Will You Join Me and Become a Visionary?
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I know that in your mind’s eye there is a vision that is all your very own. You may call it a dream that you would like to become a reality. It can be in your relationships, your career or a secret aspiration that you don’t share with anyone. The Webster’s definition of “vision” is:
“An experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.”
In the King James Version of The Bible, in Proverbs 29:17-19:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”
The greater vision, the sharper the image in your mind’s eye. The sharper the image the greater the chances that it will be manifested in reality. How do we make the vision clearer?  We have the power to sharpen the wispy visions in our minds into the something tangible.
In Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV:
“Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry.
The Bible states that a vision is crucial for life and it’s important to write it down, and watch and wait for it to manifest. How much time do you take to develop and flesh out your vision? If we do this, we are doing something that few people have the courage to do. 

Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, recently studied the art and science of goal setting: She found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. 
In conclusion, what is your vision? I know that I want my vision to have a have a 42% more of a chance to become a reality.  I am throwing down the gauntlet for me and for you. Write down and develop your vision. Develop and flesh out the details. Though it may take some time, refer to it every day, be patient, work hard and watch it manifest. That is what I am going to do. Will you join me and become a visionary?

Bet on Yourself, Not Holding onto Someone Else’s Dream

Bet on Yourself

This evening I have discovered the HBO show, entitled, “Silicon Valley”. The show is about this young man who has developed an idea that has the possibility to make huge changes in the world of digital technology.  Big tech companies offer him millions but the growth of the idea and concept will be taken from him. He has the dilemma, to grow the idea with investors or sell it out and abandon his baby.

This show struck a major chord with me. I have been perfecting my technique over the years since my teenage years and adult life. My art has always been my baby and I am in charge of what happens to it, its development and it’s commercialization. Yes, I said it, the commercialization of my art. I have been taking care of my art my whole life and I have finally come to the point that it is time that my art takes care of me.

When is it OK to commercialize? Is it nobler and artistic to work for someone else when I am sitting on something as marketable as my art? It is not nobler to play it safe?

We wait and hope that someone will discover our talents, our developed skills and ideas. We pine and hope for validation. Really? We need validation?

I was the one that had gotten up 3 hours early and left 3 hours later during high school each day, to take extra painting and drawing classes. I was the one that had taken a bus and 2 trains to the National Academy of Design, 5 days a week, for 4 years to study with the best painters in New York City.

I paid my dues and over the 25 years after art school, I have kept pushing my artistic talent and technique. I have been taking verbal jabs at those who had given me the advice to give up this “art thing” for something more serious. I have sacrificed new cars, relationships, and respect of many for the development of my artistic skills. What is more serious than that?!

Validation? I earned my stripes and I need no validation. The only validation I need is my hard work and experience. Yeah, I will be betting on me because I know the solid foundation my art is standing upon. No more being a tool to achieve someone else’s dreams and goals. It’s time to work on my own. It has been an honor to develop my art over the years. I would not trade one day of it. It is time to bet on myself.

Is it ok to go all out?

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
~Marianne Williamson

Is it OK to go all out? Is it prudent and wise to take a chance that seems risky on paper?

Do we decide how our life is going to turn out or are we destined to fulfill a plan? Someone asked me, is it our compulsions and inner drive that will determine the ultimate level of success?

Have you ever been afraid of the still small voice within? Does that voice have promises for a different life? Can that voice direct us on a path that would deliver?

These questions I have been wrestling with since I was a teenager. I have been and always will be afraid of that still small voice and its obsession. That obsession is my art and the destination that it promises for me if I move forward without compromise.

To be successful in the world of art, wouldn’t that be everything that I have always wanted? Wouldn’t financial freedom and a certain amount of fame make my life easier? Won’t all that I wanted to be mine and the people around me happier?

I think of the roles that we all play within our social groups, be it family, romantic relationships, or friendships. We all serve a role in the “play” of life. Some of us are the smart ones or another would be the pretty one. Person “A” would be the one with the financial struggles and an issue with money managing. Their group of friends and family would just say, “That is just how “A” is.” Every one of us fulfills our individual roles. It is who we have become in the eyes of everyone around us. It is our “station” in life. I have a hypothetical for you though.

What if I make such a huge paradigm shift that I shatter the roles that I have always played? I know that if I do become successful and fulfill my calling, I could be such an alien to who I was. I may alienate myself from the people in my life. I am not saying that this definitely will be the case or that there is any truth to this hypothetical but, it could happen and that is alarming.

I have always been the one that was not successful and struggled for my art. I was the one that made the “safe route” more attractive to those around me. My being the example of following their heart and losing, propagating the notion of stay in school and get a practical degree, is edifying to their decision to play it safe. But what if? What if?

Let’s say, that I rise above my fears of homelessness and strive to listen to that still small voice and reach the goals that were set forth for me; how will that paradigm shift affect those around me. Will my success allow others to listen more intently to that still small voice? Will my sweat and tears save another from as many?

It all comes down to that, doesn’t it? I will strive to help the one that does not want to go the “safe route” be it now or sometime in future, even long after I am gone. So I will persevere and continue to fight the fight to keep that voice alive and listen to the voice, whatever the consequences.