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Our vision is more than the image taken in by our eyes. It is the way in which we see the world. The unique twist we put on what we see. Our feelings reveal how we see things and our behavior typically follows. When our behavior diverges from that feeling place, we start to experience a disconnect inside. This is where holding a vision can be willPower-ful. A vision serves to realign us back to our purpose and where we intend to be.

Our vision expands beyond the present moment as we interpret the past and contemplate the future. Vision assimilates what we know with what we wish to experience.

Sometimes, our vision is blurry. Other times, it is crystal clear. We need both to grow in our willPower. When we focus too heavily on the fuzzy parts (typically in the “how”), we disallow the best possible outcome. We need to envision what we want and then let go of the “how the heck” to attract the conspiring elements.

When I left last November, I was scared sh#tless. It was clearly the most daring thing I had ever done in my 39 years of life. And, I had felt pretty brave on several other occasions, too, such as my first day walking into 1585 Broadway or the first time navigating Ueda station in Osaka, Japan on my own. But, this felt like a scene out of a movie. One in which you’re not sure whether the lead actress (me) will make it through to safety. Yet, despite the fear that was raging inside my belly, my mind felt surprisingly clear and focused. You see, I kept returning to my vision.

My vision wasn’t my initial destination, the MGM Signature. That was just a stepping stone “balcony” to my ultimate balcony — the balcony of the Nibankan, my former corporate apartment in Tokyo. For weeks, I had imagined my 6-month old daughter and I there enjoying the view over Ebisu, a beautiful neighborhood in Tokyo. Safe and sound. Halfway around the world. That vision reassured me and carried me to make the bold step of packing up the car and leaving my house with my daughter — having no expectation of ever returning.

Your vision carries the potential for power or paralysis. It all depends on you and the twist you put on what you see. Vision contains power when it transforms a situation beyond your wildest expectations into an even higher vision. Or, it paralyzes you to cling onto a solitary outcome that you weren’t meant to live.

Vision is the mechanism through which we dare to make the first bold step and then carry through with the necessary next steps. Detach from the blurry parts you aren’t meant to see, so you can be receptive to your life in its highest form.

Boldness is always met with Universal brilliance. The view from the balcony I manifested ended up being far more soul-satisfying than the one I visualized. Read the rest of my story here.

I’ve uploaded a video on YouTube with the exercise of the week, the Triangle pose. Triangle symbolizes the trinity of mind, body, spirit. Aligning yourself in triangle pose allows you to turn your head upward to your vision and away from the fear, distractions, and limitations that may be clouding your vision.

This week, I want to leave you with seven quotes that have inspired me in contemplating this blog…in healing through this blog. Join me and take one quote a day as our centering thought and let’s see how it enhances our vision.

Day One “Your imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand while your imagination embraces the entire world and all there is to know and understand.” ~Albert Einstein

Day Two “More and more the things we could experience but become lost to us because they are banished by our failure to imagine them.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Day Three “If you want to create something in your life, you have to contemplate yourself as surrounded by the conditions which you would like to see in your life.” ~Wayne Dyer

Day Four “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~Paulo Coelho

Day Five “Without a destination in mind, there is no journey; we just wander around.” ~Dan Millman

Day Six “…the power of a vision keeps the process on track.” ~Marianne Williamson

Day Seven “Never miss twice.” ~James Clear

Do you want to explore VISION further? Click here for quotes, mantras and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.