Sight Loss is No Barrier to Having Vision

By Steph Cutler

People who have vision are the most exciting people I know. They are also the happiest, most fulfilled and often the most successful.

The people I am referring to are both sighted and visually impaired and are equally exciting, equally fulfilled and equally successful.

When I talk about vision, I am referring to what you see when you close your eyes. I am talking about the vision you have for your future; what you would like it to look and feel like.

Webster defines the sort of vision I am referring to as, ‘The ability to perceive something not actually visible, as through mental acuteness or keen foresight’.

Having a vision is exciting because it inspires spontaneity, creativity and promotes action.

Here are my top ten tips on creating a vision to make positive change in your life:

1. Start with the exciting bit – think big, think bold. Even think what may at first seem unrealistic.

2. Once you have a vision in your mind, ask yourself why this vision is important to you. Your reasons will be personal and will need to be clear. Your vision may be important to you because you want to be financially independent; be a good role model to your children or other visually impaired people; prove those who have doubted you wrong; or you may want to be rich and retire early to somewhere hot and glamorous!

This is important because at times the path to your vision will be rocky, so knowing why it is important to you will drive you forward when you feel like giving up.

3. Brainstorm what you need to do to get the ball rolling: the options open to you and the supportive people you know (or don’t know yet) who can provide advice and resources.

4. Put together a plan that covers short and long term actions you are committed to.

5. Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take small steps.

6. Be sure to retain a positive outlook. Even setbacks can have a positive side, depending on how you choose to view them. Don’t allow negative people to drain you of your energies and enthusiasm.

7. Review the plan periodically. There will undoubtedly be more than one path to take to make your vision a reality. Be prepared to be flexible and adapt to new opportunities.

8. Don’t be too proud to ask for help – no one achieves anything alone. Independence is not about doing everything single-handedly, so don’t let pride jeopardise your vision.

9. Regularly look back at your progress and pat yourself on your back for the achievements you have made.

10. Have fun! Enjoy the new people you will meet, the increased feeling of fulfilment you will feel, and the new opportunities that will present themselves to you.

I want to be clear: when I talk about having a vision I am not talking about doing super-human things or changing the world. I am talking about changing your world by achieving what you are capable of, but have previously talked yourself out of.

I am also not denying that sight loss can make your vision harder to achieve. Yet, if you have a clear vision you are more inclined to consider barriers as challenges and find ways to overcome them – thus making your vision a reality.

Remember, while you are waiting for the world to change, or deciding to be visionary, you could be joining the other people out there doing it. There are many visionary, visually impaired people overcoming barriers and living full and prosperous lives. Equally, there are plenty of sighted people without vision, who are failing to embrace what they could be. What this tells me is that we all can choose to have a vision and make it happen. Sight loss might make it harder; but it might not. You will never know unless you try.

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Steph Cutler had a successful career in the fashion industry when she experienced unexpected sight loss. Determined from the start, she began adapting to her new challenges. Steph now runs her own business as a personal coach, inspirational speaker and personal development trainer.

Follow Steph’s blog at http://making-lemonade.co.uk

© Steph Cutler 2010

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