Posted on November 4th, 2013
Innovative visions would be popping into reality on every block in town if it weren’t for one problem—fear of the unknown. It’s definitely safer to deal with what you already know than to step out onto the wings of a vision.
How can you cut through the fear and take action on your vision? By making your vision from an unknown into something you know intimately. There are three concrete steps to doing so.
The first step is realization—realizing that a vision is a gift. Whether your vision is for a new kind of cake decoration or a new world order, it is a gift to you, a flash of awareness from the universe. It doesn’t matter if your vision is new to the world or only new to you—it’s a gift.
But this is the kind of gift like a pony, a gift with responsibilities. You get to enjoy it, but you also have to take care of it. This means that it’s up to you to take charge of moving your vision into the world of action. That’s why you have been given the vision, as a guide to action. You weren’t given the vision to torment you but to enhance your life.
The second step is conversation—talking to others about your vision. No one accomplishes anything in this world without the participation of other people, and talking to other people is the start of developing this participation. Keeping your vision a secret keeps it from growing into reality. Talking to people doesn’t commit you to taking further actions, but it will result in interest and encouragement.
Perhaps your vision is something you have been holding onto for years, even a childhood dream you never acted on. Talking to other people about it will help bring it up to date. Will there be challenging questions? Sure, but figuring out how to answer them can help you define your vision more clearly and concretely. On the other hand, you probably know some people who shoot down any new ideas that come along; don’t choose them to talk to.
The third step is action—this is where the rubber meets the road. One source of hesitation at this point is that carrying out your vision can seem daunting, too much for you to undertake. This perception is often accurate, realizing the whole thing right away would be too much. The way to deal with this is to break down your vision into smaller pieces, and choose a small piece to start with.
Think of this as a demonstration project, something you are doing both to prove that you can take action on your vision and as a way to build your clarity and confidence for the larger pieces to come. The step you choose to start with should be large enough to produce a noticeable result, but not so large that you find yourself calling for oxygen.
As Lao-tzu said 2,500 years ago, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” The small step you take today can be the beginning of a future fulfilling your dreams, and even going beyond them.