All things are mentally created first.

Look around at your physical surroundings. Whether you’re currently reading this content on a phone or a computer, before those things were physical products, they were ideas in someone’s head.

What about the clothes you’re wearing? Before they were physical products, they were ideas in someone’s head.

The building you’re in, same thing.

The books you read, all ideas formulated in someone’s head that were then transformed into the physical equivalent.

Here are some real time examples:

Before writing the first chapter of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling planned for seven years at Hogwarts. As a result, Harry Potter is one of the most read books of all-time.

Before creating the first Stars Wars movie in the 1970s, George Lucas planned for at least six films and started at episode four, rather than episode one. As a result, almost 40 years later the entire world still freaks out when a new Star Wars come out. This would not be possible if Lucas hadn’t thoughtfully and largely planned way ahead.

So…How big is your vision for your own future?

How do you view a Four Year Career?
If you’re planting one tree at a time, a four year vision of an orchard stretches way outside imagination of ‘the possible.’

If instead the original vision is to grow an orchard, one tree at a time is a simple first step. The ‘Four Year Career’ is the objective, and every step along the way is part of growth and learning.

Are you planting a single tree…or are you planting an orchard?  What you plant in life is also what you harvest.

Mental creation always precedes physical creation. Consequently, the planning process — the set up — is actually far more important than the work itself. Without the proper set up, it doesn’t matter how hard you work. As Stephen Covey has said, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

As you look at creating your future, what’s the focus? The tree? or the orchard?

Source: The power of planting big dreams
Benjamin P. Hardy
November 12, 2019


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