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Most visionaries have their eyes covered.
Our greatest gift is our vision—our ability to see possibilities that don’t yet exist. But our eyes are too covered to actually see much of anything.
I know, for me, my eyes were covered for a long time. Covered with stories about how I was supposed to act. Or what was even possible. Or how uncool it was to excitedly talk about my work and invite people to join it.
They were covered to how my genius was playing out in every single area of my life—from my relationships and friendships to my different jobs and even traumas.
They were covered by what I believed I could actually do. And where I felt “too much” and “not enough.” And how much I saw others doing anything remotely similar to what I wanted to do.
In fact, my eyes were so covered that most of the time I ended up modifying the tiniest glimmer of a vision I could see into some generic copy of what everyone else was doing.
I was so blinded by my stories and beliefs, that I never ended up seeing an authentic vision. Just a reflection of the world around me.
And I told myself that meant I had nothing new or special to offer the world.
A number of years ago—in the process of recovering from being very sick—I decided to take off the blinders. I could feel how much I was limiting my experience by only looking in my comfort zone. At what I believed was possible.
So I engaged in a six-month program to transform myself. Each month had a theme—friendship, romance, exercise, mindfulness, mental health, and spirituality. And I had a big calendar in my room, in which I put a big X when I did something new related to that month’s theme.
I remember one month I left work and went on a scavenger hunt in the middle of the day, which led me to win tickets to the NCAA finals. I sold the tickets on eBay and used the money to buy my entire office sushi from one of the top restaurants in the city.
Or another time I spent a week trying every modality under the sun—acupuncture, Reiki, reflexology, EFT/tapping, past-life regression, hypnosis, psychic class.
The point was to widen my breadth of vision. To see more of my vision than I was allowing in. To question the blinders I’d been living with my whole life.
And the greatest gift that experience offered me was the realization that I wasn’t seeing much at all. There was so much of the world, of my sensitivities, my vision, that I just wasn’t experiencing.
When I opened myself up, miracles started to happen. That’s when I miraculously got healthy. That’s when I started dating Garrett. That’s even when I saw the first glimpses of the work that I’m doing now.
Before that, I was so laser-focused on who I thought I was supposed to be. It was like a horse with the blinders on. My vision was so narrow. And I was severely limiting the possibilities in my life.
With each new experience outside of my comfort zone, those blinders loosened. I started seeing just a tiny bit wider than I could have before. And a whole new world of possibilities began to open up.
I never before believed that I could ever leave my job and start a business. Or end up with someone like Garrett. Or write a book. Or even really honor and accept all of myself.
But I started seeing it. All of it. The possibilities felt more and more real. And, when something’s that real and alive, you stop being so afraid to take action on it. Because you can see it so clearly—like you might see your computer or phone before you.
To be honest, I’d always been a visionary. With the power to see visions so real and alive. All my life. But I never knew it because I had the blinders on. Because I was so afraid and clung so tightly to my narrow beliefs.
I’d had a lifetime telling me I was “too sensitive” and “too emotional.” And I let those experiences blind me from ever really seeing what it is I wanted to create in the world—or even imagined was possible.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot with the Unique Genius Experiment. Because, as I’ve been doing something outside of my comfort zone, led by my genius, every day, it’s made me reflect on years ago when I did something similar.
How much that transformed my life. Just by being open to new experiences and possibilities. And saying yes where I otherwise would have said no.
It brings us to places we never imagined we’d go to. And it opens our eyes to possibilities we never imagined were possible. And, maybe best of all, it allows us to see a full vision when one just wasn’t there before.
Every artist out there knows that the more we experience life, the more it enriches our art. Because we can start to draw upon more experiences, more possibilities, more connections, as we work. We can draw inspiration from that trip to Paris or that summer romance or that terrifying act of vulnerability.
We have access to more. And therefore begin to see the world through a much vaster lens. One full of possibilities.
One of the saddest things in the world is a visionary with blinders on. Because they’ll spend their whole lives believing that they aren’t a visionary. That they aren’t a genius. That they aren’t creative—or, if they are, they can’t believe in their ideas enough to make them work in the world.
Those blinders are so full of fear and other people’s stories and limiting beliefs about who we are and what we’re capable of.
And stepping outside of our comfort zones—even for just a second each day—allows us to see just a little bit wider. To retrain our eyes to see the world not as we were taught to, but as a true visionary.
It’s our gift, our genius, our birthright. To see possibilities where others see nothing at all. To lead this world through the darkness and birth forth new light.
But only if we open up to new experiences, take the blinders off, and really see.
Questions for Reflection:
*Answer in a journal, in the comments right here, or take it over to the Sacred Branding® Facebook group where we can support one another:
Are you struggling to see what’s possible?
— Do you struggle to have a clear vision of what you want to create? Have you ever had clarity for a split-second and then lost it? Do you have fear of taking action on the things you really want in life? Do you feel like there’s more for you, but you just can’t see it?
— Do you feel like you limit yourself with what you believe is possible for you? Is it possible that you are blinding yourself to your full vision out of old beliefs, stories, or fears?
— What if you’re a visionary with your blinders on, so you can’t see your full vision? What if all you need to do is open to new experiences outside of your comfort zone to begin to widen that vision? What if taking chances and trying new things is the only way to break free from the blinders and reclaim your visionary genius?