Initially this post is going to seem like a bit of a diversion. I’m not going to write about drawing your goals, your resilience or your comfort zone. In fact I’m not going to write about drawing anything at all really. Drawing is the tool, the process, the mechanism, the facilitator, the means that I have been suggesting we all could benefit from in order to get our brain working just a little bit differently, just a little bit more effectively to solve a problem or attain a goal or brainstorm an idea. But what are problems, goals and ideas? It all starts with a thought doesn’t it? When it comes to problem-solving, goal-setting, brainstorming or any other ‘thing’ you are doing which involves getting from some ‘stuck’ position A to some ‘unstuck’ position B, it first involves a thought. The thought that you don’t want to be where you are right now but someplace else instead.

Thoughts come by other names too. Ideas. Visions. Dreams. This week I’ve been thinking a lot about visions and dreams. It’s been just over a week now since Nelson Mandela died. A truly inspirational man. A freedom fighter who at one time was considered a terrorist by some but whose memorial service was attended by heads of state and leaders from around the globe including David Cameron and President Obama. What Mandela had was a vision. He had a vision of what his country would one day be like. He had a vision of what his people’s lives would one day be like. And he had a vision so strong and so vivid that he held it throughout his imprisonment and was able to start taking action towards making that vision a reality the moment he took the first steps of his infamous walk to freedom.

Many people have had a vision so strong and vivid, which they were completely committed to, that they were able to make it happen. These visions come in all shapes and sizes but there is something different about those people that make their visions and dreams a reality. The most important thing seems to be that they had a crystal clear vision in the first place and what these inspirational people seem to have in common is their unwavering commitment to that vision.

So today I’m asking ‘what’s your vision?’ And ‘how committed are you?’

Do images help?

This week I was introduced to this motivational video on dreams which seems to have inspired even Richard Branson.

It is a great motivational speech on pursuing your dreams but for me the video footage that accompanies it invokes an even greater emotional response in me than would the speech alone. I was also introduced to the latest Brené Brown blog post which shows an RSA animation of a speech she gave on empathy in London. I simply love listening to Brené speak because I enjoy the way she delivers her stories so much. But her speech is made even more powerful by the amazing animation that RSA created to accompany it.

And something completely different – I recently came across this article from the College of Occupational Therapists on how they used visual goal-setting to help people with learning disabilities set personal goals for their treatment and care pathways.

So whatever we want to change about our ‘world’, whatever we want to achieve, it starts with a vision and commitment to that vision. If creating a drawing, a model, an animation or a video strengthens that vision then why not give it a go.

What’s your vision?