I’ve been reading Robin Sharma’s story ‘The Monk who Sold his Ferrari’. It’s a Number bestseller around the world and has brought into common language a lot of what we know about personal development. It’s a story full of interesting analagies and lessons.
Here’s the one I want to dwell on today. Imagine this scenario. There’s a large oak tree in the middle of a field. A rose is fixed to this. A very accomplished archer, able to hit any target from 300ft is standing 100ft away from the tree with his bow and arrow. It’s easily wihtin his range and he’s confident. He’s then blindfolded and is tasked to hit the target. What happens? He aims straight at the target. Steadies himself. Takes aim. He misses by a significant margin.
The monk explains ‘You will never be able to hit a target you cannot see’. This lesson was about the importance of setting clearly defined objectives and knowing precisely where you are going.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? No matter how accomplished or talented an archer you are, you cannot hit a target that you cannot see. Of course, you may hit it by fluke but the chances of that are tiny. You may miss it by an Irish mile, you may miss it by a hair’s breadth. You may not even know how far off or near the target you were – simply because you cannot see the target.
What has this got to do with anything, you might be asking? Well, it’s ok when we’re speaking about a physical target in front of us right now. However, we have other, less physical targets. Yet we need to be able to see them if we’re going to achieve them.
However, we can create images of that future for our mind to work with. This is called Visioning and you may know it’s something I’m passionate about. Vision is the ability to see the invisible. Visioning is creating a picture of the future. Lack of vision is also a picture – a fuzzy, hazy, unclear one or even a blank one. It’s like having the blindfold on.
Having a clear vision is like fueling our subconscious mind. We know our subconscious mind is visually stimulated – it responds to pictures and images rather than words and numbers. Make that picture of your vision so clear that you can aim at it precisely, that you can see the rose stand out against the backdrop of the large oak tree and the wide expansive field. Make it so clear that you can actually focus on it and hit it.
How do you do this? Close your eyes, see your goal as complete, feel, hear, smell and taste it – what does it feel like, sound like, taste like, smell like? IF I achieve it, what does the world around me start to feel like and sound like. Most importantly, what does it look like? And what does everything else in my life look like if I achieve it?
Make sure you can see your target. See what you want, get what you see.