The First Lesson of Inner Vision

Inner Vision isn't just some magical thing that jumps up and saves us in our moment of need.  If that were true then we would all already have everything we want, be happy on our terms and sleep easy every night with no worries what so ever.  That, unfortunately, is not reality in this world, and may never be totally achievable.  The reality is that we will always have challenges and always be in the heat of the battle, however, as you make more and more of your goals reality, the quality and meaning attached to the battle will improve.


The issue I want to talk about here isn't your ability to win the battles, improve the quality of your life and, consequently, your challenges.  I want to talk about the one most significant issue that most people lose sight of as they face the challenges in their daily lives. 


I find that most, in fact almost all, people are focused on the problem, while the secret to success, to progress, to that continual progress toward our ideal life is not solving the problem but being laser focused on why we want that resolution.  That is the secret question.  Why are you fighting your particular fight.


Brilliant rhetoric for those who don't have a story to tell but a fantastic launching pad to tell you a story that I hope will change how you think forever and lead you through the adventure of your life with the ability to reach those milestones that matter to you, on your terms.


Please let me tell you about my early experience with Why.


At the age of six, I was separated from my family, my home and my world when I was placed in the Ontario School For the Blind, some 550 miles from my home.  Up until then I had what I thought was a normal life. I did everything my brother did, helped my Mom, went hunting with my Dad, played with my pals, climbed trees, rode my bike, NORMAL.  Then I was taken away. 


I didn't like being separated from my life.  I had fit in.  I was part of it all and loved it.  Now I was being treated like a China Vase and wasn't me.  I wanted to be part of the real world, not this rarified existence that separated me because of some minor inconvenience like not being able to see.


Could I have explained these feelings to you with such clarity back then?  No, but that doesn't change reality.  The most important thing in my mind at that time was to find a way to go home. 


Fortunately, I was a brash, active, mischievous kid and that led to the greatest opportunity of my life, but only because it gave me a means to an end.  It gave me answer when other people asked me WHY.


In my second year at the Ontario School for the Blind I was recruited for the wrestling program.  I know now that my teachers saw it as a way to channel my exuberance but within a short time, at my first tournament in fact, I saw it as something completely different, and that made my life possible.


At that first tournament, I got to compete against kids who could see.   To me that represented the real world.  that represented the world I grew up in.  That represented, if you will, my ticket home, if I could succeed, in this "sighted" arena.


I never lost my focus of that.  Every match, every tournament, every medal, every championship, every trophy, every time I got on the mat became a chance to prove I deserved to go home, to live in the real world, to be a "normal" kid again. 


From the outside looking in, everyone thought I was obsessed with winning, with glory, with the spotlight, but that would never have been enough to keep me on top for all those years.  I had a bigger reason and staying focused on that kept me on top. 


It took a decade but I made it home, I got my chance in the sighted world and the rest, as they say, is history, not that there weren't more challenges, but I had the chance to face them on my terms.


My question to you is:


Do you know why you are in your battle?  Why do you want to achieve that goal?  How will it change your life, or the lives of the ones you love, and why does that matter?


If you have a clear understanding of the answers to these questions, and you keep your focus there, then your Inner Vision can guide you, elevate you, raise the bar in your life and give you the ability to clear it. 


Without that focus, everything will always be just a battle.  Knowing why will make the battle a quest, and that will carry you to your desired destination, and, in my opinion, prepare you for the next challenge as well.


Your world can be everything you want it to be, if you know why you want it to be that way.