Vision has a key role within the self-empowerment approach because each developmental step is planned and subsequently consciously taken, based on the possibility to gain a positive self-image once the wish is fulfilled.
Often, especially when it comes to situations or things that are very distant from us, we make wishes we don’t really mean!
Working on one’s vision implies truly questioning the idea and/or representation one has about his/her own wishes; let’s, for example, say that one states: “I would like to be more straightforward and bold in certain circumstances” while at the same time not holding a positive opinion of people who are actually straightforward and bold and considering them aggressive or excessively rude. Needless to say, such negative opinion will strongly influence his/her vision.
Being aware of this and starting to wonder: “Does being straightforward and bold really mean being aggressive and rude? Isn’t there anyone in the world who is capable of being straightforward and bold while at the same time showing empathy and respect towards others?” are key passages towards the development of a consistent personal vision.
A vision is the fulfillment of one’s self-image, a “movie” about ourselves in which we are straightforward and bold but in a positive way (referring to the example we made before). A movie in which not only we are the protagonists but we also like ourselves, being capable of integrating such characteristics without betraying our nature. A movie that evokes positive and pleasant emotions.
Several studies highlight the role our beliefs and prophecies have in affecting future scenarios, our relationships and, as a consequence, our possibilities. Let’s, for example, think of the difference it would make for a young person to think of adulthood as a good or bad stage of life, or to believe that travelling abroad will lead him/her to make stimulating or dangerous encounters, or to consider studying as important or unnecessary, or to view a romantic relationship as either a positive happening or a limitation or, again, to think of raising a child as a fascinating or, else, unbearable endeavor…
Becoming aware of the beliefs and the visions we hold and learning not to surrender to such images but, rather, to actively develop and re-elaborate them is a key competence to grow and be open to new possibilities and future positive scenarios. Obviously, a positive vision is not sufficient, it rather represent one of the many steps to be taken.