I acknowledge this picture of a vision board from the Net.

Have a vision says Thomas Leonard in his twenty-seventh principle.

In one of my classes at a local University, teaching MBA class, i asked the students how many of them saw themselves as Chief Executives at the end of 15 or 20 years. Out of a class of 60, merely 5 hands went up. When i asked the rest why they cannot see themselves at the helm of an enterprise  they were training themselves for at a huge cost, the main excuse was that they felt they were not ready yet.

Vision is the opposite of readiness.

If you are ready, you don’t need to envision or visualize. You need to create a vision about something that you are not even sure of, let alone be ready for.  Vision is the elastic band of time that you stretch from current reality to a future unknown, which you wish were in. If that future is well-known, what’s the need to envision?

In most coaching models, vision needs to be grounded in one’s values, designed for one’s purpose and grounded in some reality. These are safe and conservative models.

Abraham Lincoln would have never been President if he had followed such coaching principles.  Lincoln failed in business several times, lost elections multiple times, even lost a Vice Presidential race, and yet at 60 became President of USA. The route from the log cabin to White House was neither easy nor realistic.

If visions were grounded in reality, man would have never landed on the moon!

Visions are dreams. Visions are dreams we are determined to live. What is life without dreams? What is life without a vision?

Good coaching can align one’s vision with one’s values and purpose. You don’t have to start there.

I call this the Zen of Coaching. As the coaching leads the way through awareness in a client, a moment of reality merging with vision happens, what a Zen master would call satori. That’s the purpose of coaching.