Last week at one of our Steering Group meetings for the Community Alliance for Youth Success, Stedman Graham asked me if I was clear on my vision. This reminded me of the importance of clarity of our vision to help our dreams come true.
It is fascinating to watch how serendipity and magic step in once we get the clarity of our vision. I have seen this countless times in my life and in working with my clients. One of my favorite stories is one of my clients who was just graduating college and her Mom hired me to help her get clarity on her vision and her path. When we met – she said “I have absolutely no idea what I want to do.” So we began this magical journey of discovering her, what she loved, and the difference she wanted to make in the world. What happens when I work with people is that certain words light up as they are speaking with me and I can see them coming together like pieces of puzzle. While they may just feel like they are just telling a story or rambling on – what they are really doing is giving me clues to the pieces of their passion puzzle. Her vision and her pieces suddenly became clear to me and what I saw was “Global Women Policy Issues in Sacramento” – boom. So I said how does passion puzzle sound to you – she said “wow how did you put that together? – that sounds perfect.” I said “that is what you told me – I just pulled it all together as you were speaking to me.” Here is the other magical piece – I always encourage my clients that once they get the clarity on their vision to let everyone they know about their vision. So that is what she did and wouldn’t you know it – the person who helped her live her vision was her Mom – so we went full circle. Magically, her Mom had the perfect contact in global women policy issues in Sacramento and helped her land her job.
Here is another story from my own journey. I studied International Affairs/Spanish at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had a vision that I really wanted to do an internship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City – one of the most prestigious foreign policy think tanks in the world that publishes Foreign Affairs. Everyone said – good luck with that – those internships go to students at Columbia University and other universities in New York City. But I was fixated on this vision, so I did what I encourage my clients to do – I told this vision to everyone. One day, I was in my history professor’s office and he said “Marcy what are you doing this summer?.” I said “I am determined to get an internship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.” He said “How are you going to do that?” I said “I have no idea, but I will find a way.” Another history professor was in his office at the time and said “Are you really serious about this dream?” I said “Yes I am.” He said – “Well has fate would have it – I served in the Korean War with the President of the Council of Foreign Relations and I am still friends with him. Since I know you are highly regarded as an outstanding student with your history professor and I can see your commitment to this dream – if you want, I will write a letter of recommendation for you to the President.” So that is what he did and that is what landed me my dream internship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. So magic does happen and dreams to come true with clarity, perseverance, believing in your dream/yourself and communicating your vision.
The truth is so many people want to help us live our dreams, but don’t know how to help us until we are crystal clear on our vision. So I encourage you to spend time digging deeper into who you are, what you love and the difference you want to make in the world and then share that with everyone you know and watch the magic unfold. Wishing you magic and wings to live your dreams.
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