"A visionary is a dreamer who has come out of the clouds with a plan for turning their dream into a reality." — Jonas Cain
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Ideas are often the easy part, but it's the logistics than can often get in the way of making a good idea actually happen.
I'm reminded of a seldom heard quote that's attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
"The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open.”
We can think of a dream as the "what" and a vision as the "how." In other words, we may have a dream and know what we want to do, but unless we also have a vision that shows us how to make that dream a reality, we're destined to dream our life away.
One of my favorite practices for cultivating vision is to ask the high-quality question "How can I do this?"
This is considered a higher caliber question as compared to the often-asked question "Can I do this?"
"Can I" contains inherent doubt and can stop us before we even get started, yet "how can I" starts with the assumption that there is a way and we only need to find it.
So the next time you're presented with a dream, a solution, an opportunity, or anything else that's important to you, do a favor for your future self and ask the visionary question: "How can I do this?"
What's your vision to turn your dream into a reality?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.