20/20 Obser-Vision

“If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

Robert Baden-Powell

Have you ever quickly glanced at something just to look back again and notice something entirely different or notice what you did not see the first time?

Often we can see something then turn to look a second time and notice that what we saw the first time was not actually there. It happens with objects and people. Through peripheral sight, you will think a person is there, but when you actually take notice it is not who you thought it was or no one at all.

Vision is essential. 

Vision – the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, says Google dictionary.

Vision should not stand alone without attention to detail. Our plans and goals could not survive without vision. Our vision determines where we could potentially go or accomplish. However, it does not guarantee that we arrive.

Vision is what our mind perceives as a possibility or pursued direction. But just like our eye sight, our vision can indeed be deceived. Where we are going is not actually what we thought it out to be. We follow our vision just to later find out what we perceived was actually not what we had in mind. We can have the vison in place for the teams we lead, and an organization, but even vision can be lost somewhere along the way.

Observation of progress is required for intuitive redirection.


Observation – notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant, according to Google dictionary.

The power of observation gives vision its purpose. It takes note of intricate detail. Not only seeing, but seeing with clarity and understanding. Observation sets the stage for our perspective determining how the vison comes to life. In other words, the realization of our vision is pre-determined by our perception, but our perspective is only as strong as our closest observation.

Take note of the details that build up the vision. In the small details you will find how to fine tune your plans even in the toughest challenges. Nothing just happens overnight. A puzzle dumped on a table at first looks like a mess. It does not only have one giant piece that shows a picture, it has many pieces with different fitments. Once they are all aligned properly, then you see the entire picture.

Observation or the lack there of is the precursor to our perspective. If our perspective is misled due to the lack of attention to detail, so will the vision.

Our perspective’s strength is found in our ability to see the details that require close attention.

Perspective – a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view, says Google dictionary.

As observations are made, it guides our perspective and gives direction to what we believe and do. Whether or not others see and understand what we see, it remains our unique perspective. Where we decide to take a stand and how we view our path will not always promise success or promise productivity. If our perspective is out of line, this will also mislead our vision and alter our attitude.

Do you see a six or do you see a nine?

It depends on where you stand. Our perspective will set the stage to produce our vision. Whether we are successful or not, it depends on our perception. How we view our plans and goals mentally determines how we take action.

23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Mark 8:23-25

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