“Faith is the ability to see something that does not yet exist.” – Jim Rohn
This is my idea of faith – I can see the things which I have not yet created. On the surface that’s not a literal meaning, but when you dig a little deeper it is. In order to see what doesn’t exist you need to use the inner-eye, which is also known as visualisation.
Visualisation may seem like an airy-fairy concept, but if you can’t see what you want/where you’re going how are you ever going to get there? The simple answer is you can’t. This doesn’t mean that you need to get into a habit practicing the use of your inner-eye every day, but if you know what you’re looking for on the inside, the outside will align with that view.
That’s my one use of visualisation, but I’m going to have to save my other (perhaps even more powerful one) until a later date, after I’ve aced my exams…
If you have faith then you’re less likely to give up, and that’s because you can see the end, but if you were fumbling around in the dark then what would be the point of continuing? What’s the point in going for that which you can’t see?
The Foggy Road
Just because you can see the end does not mean it’s a smooth road, in fact I have many ideas which are lodged in my mind, but at this time I have no clue how I’m going to get there, simply because I don’t have the knowledge at this moment.
That’s scary. Not being able to see far in front of you may be the fear that holds people back, but say you could only see 100 metres through the fog. If you walked that 100m, you could then see another 100, and another 100 and so on. This snowball effect will continue until you inevitably hit the target. The more knowledge and wisdom you get, the more fog you clear.
I think that’s part of the excitement for me, not knowing where I’m going. It’s also an indirect goal of mine to clear as much of the fog as possible, knowledge itself is an inspiration for me, and I don’t know whether that’s a good or a bad thing, because that too contains some seemingly ‘useless’ areas of study.
The Proof Of Possibility
My idea of possibility is summed up in this simple quote:
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
You’ve probably heard that your ability to dream is the only limit you have, and if we’re both on the same page then that’s a perfect reason to have faith. If you can see it in the first place then someway, somehow there’s a route to your desired destination. There’s no guarantee how long it will take or what adversities you will or will not face, but it’s possible.
Although this for me is inspiration in itself, the other side of the coin is too, that which you can’t see. That could be a 4-dimensional house or the core of a star, who knows, it’s the promise of the future. Although nobody has visioned the unseen as of now (maybe they have, I’m only speculating), if humankind is ever to come across these mysteries then someone will inevitably have to see it first.
Being able to lead yourself and your own life with faith may be valuable in itself, but inspiring that same vision into someone else even more powerful.
Leading others through delegation or the prospect of a paycheck may seemingly work well, but if you can get everyone to ‘see’ what you’re doing and where you’re going, not only will you filter out those who don’t want to be on the journey, but you’ll get so much more out of the ones who stay with you and work for that same vision.
Are you faithful or faithless?