Below is an excerpt from chapter 1 of my book, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback.
*Check your vision…What Do You See? Because What You See Is What You Get!
Vision is an image of what’s possible for your life and your perspective or way of looking at life. If you have a vision of your life, then you have a view of the destination for your life and a view of what you’re after. Scripture says in Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV), “Where there is no vision the people perish.” What goes unsaid is, “Where there is a vision, the people will flourish!” You must have a vision in your life in order to turn your setbacks into setups for comebacks.
It is important to define the word vision. First, many people believe that vision means eyesight. Do you need eyesight to turn a setback into a setup for a comeback? The answer is NO! Helen Keller proved that. She was born blind and deaf, yet she became one of the greatest women of all times. Stevie Wonder proved that you do not need eyesight to become great. He was born blind and poor in Saginaw, Michigan, but he had a vision to become great and he kept trying and trying until he was discovered and signed by Motown Records. Stevie Wonder has gone on to become one of the most prolific musicians of this century. Ray Charles also had a setback as a child when he started losing his sight at the age of five.
His mother didn’t have the money to take him to a specialist, and he eventually went blind. He could have given up, but he decided to fight for his dream. He went on to become an American icon.
Jose Feliciano was born poor and blind in Puerto Rico. Some of the neighbors suggested that he get a cup and beg for money like blind people were supposed to do, but Jose refused! He found an “old piece of guitar” and taught himself how to play. He practiced day and night, night and day, sometimes until his fingers bled. Today Jose Feliciano is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He wrote a song we sing every Christmas called Feliz Navidad. You don’t need eyesight to turn a setback into a setup for a comeback.
The first type of vision is eyesight, the next type is hindsight, which is being able to look back at past events. Is hindsight necessary to turn a setback into a setup for a comeback? Again, no! It’s good to have hindsight, so you do not repeat the mistakes of the past, but unfortunately most people who start dealing with the past get stuck in the past! They think in the past, dwell in the past, live in the past. They cannot get past the past! They dwell on what people said to them ten years ago, or what happened to them as children and then cannot get past it. I say, the past is supposed to be a place of reference, not a place of residence! There is a reason why your car has a big windshield and a small rearview mirror. You are supposed to keep your eyes on where you are going, and just occasionally check out where you have been. . . . otherwise you are going to crash!
I love this quote about life. “The difference between life and school is that in school you get the lesson and then you get the test. In life you get the test and then you get the lesson.” Without a test there can be no testimony. As the German philosopher Kierkegaard said, “Life is often understood backwards but must be lived forward.” Learn from the past but don’t dwell there.
The third type of vision is insight! Insight is the power to see a situation and get to the inner nature of things. It is that “still, small voice within us.” Some call it intuition, which means “inner teacher,” and others call it perspective. I see insight as being a combination of your experiences, logic, perspective, and sensitivity to your inner voice as well as to a higher voice guiding you from within. Unfortunately most people have turned the volume down. They do not listen to the voice within. They listen to all the cynics and negative people on the outside. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of our victories and stop looking at our failures. Listen to the small voice within that says, “Look, you have had some successes and have even greater things yet to come. If you did it then, you can do it now. Just try! You can do it!” Turn up the volume on your inner voice and realize that you can do incredible things if you just try.
The last kind of sight is foresight! Foresight is the ability to see into the future, not as a fortune teller does, but as a person who is creating what they see in their mind. As the axiom states, “The best way to predict the future is to create it!” Foresight is about destination and determination; it is the sight that allows you to see down the road and believe what you see is possible. Scripture says, in Roman 4:17 (NKJV), that foresight is connected to faith, where you can “call forth those things that be not, as if they were.” Foresight, mixed with insight, creates a powerful force called a dream; and dreams are the seeds for success. You must be willing to dream and believe that the dream is possible, no matter how many others say it is impossible. Insight and foresight mixed together are the keys to tapping into the power of vision and are the keys to starting on the comeback trail.
*Taken from the book, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, by Willie Jolley. To get your full version of the book or eBook go to www.williejolley.com/setback-book.