The Mind’s Eye

 “Opportunities are not seen with the eye yet rather they are seen with the mind.”

Back when I was in school, a professor of mine taught me about seeing things/life through what he called the “mind’s eye.”  Over the past couple of months I’ve been learning to do this more and more.  All (well most) opportunities are not seen with the eye yet rather with the mind.  Think about it.  MP3 players already existed but Steve Jobs envisioned something different with the iPod.  Microsoft and Yahoo had a near oligopoly on search until Larry Page and Sergey Brin birthed Google.  Cancer seemed like a life-threatening disease until Lance Armstrong used it to propel him to the pinnacle of cycling.  And…dare I say…user generated content will be the downfall of the Medial Moguls [oh wait…that’s already happening 😉 ]. 

The concept here is that if everybody else could see it then it probably would already be done.  But innovation…ahhhhh yes, real innovation starts with excercising your mind.  The trick is to “see” things with a new frame of thought, which is easier said than done.  

Over time, groupthink and “the ordinary” sink in and desensitize your “mind’s eye”…leaving it callused.   You’ve got to continually purpose to think differently…that’s what visioneering is all about.  So if you want to start that business, application, ministry or organization…start thinking on it. 

And next time life presents you with a roadblock…think what could be and not what is.

 By:  Micah Davis

One Response

  1. […] Most great visionaries had an idea of what could be as they then thought back to what they began with.  Continually build mental models from different disciplines of life and you’ll be well-positioned for success. […]

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