3 Tips from Michelangelo

By on Mar 25, 2014 in Vision | 6 comments

The Michelangelo Way to Realizing Your Vision Like a Genius

“If you knew how much work went into it you wouldn’t call it genius.”  Michelangelo

michelangelos-david-florence Webster’s definition of vision : a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination. My definition: Vision is a combination of wishes, dreams and ideas with vivid imagination based in possibility.  There is a realistic edge to it, as wild as it may seem.

According to legend, an awestruck admirer looked at Michelangelo’s finished statue of David and asked him how he’d done it. Michelangelo replied: “David was always there in the marble. I just took away everything that was not David.”  Story has it the piece of marble was humongous “scrap” piece.

In 1501, when Michelangelo started his work,  he promised his patron to carve a statue from this block without cutting it down or adding other marble.

He knew what he was going for.

He had the vision of what “David’ was going to look like.  I imagine he felt the essence of it inside himself and the marble. We’re talking marble here, so  he must have had a deep knowing of what he was creating.

While this is a fabulous example of vision, it also makes realizing your vision sound easy.But easy is the furthest thing from the truth….

Having a vision definitely pulls you forward,  It can feel a little like being enchanted — you can’t stop walking towards it.

At least that’s how it can feel when your vision is clear.

However, when it’s not so clear, it feels more like a wrestling match than a walk into a beautiful enchanted meadow.

You might have an idea of what your vision or dream is, but it feels buried somewhere deep inside. Or you might not have a clue.

Either way, good chance there were times in your life when you wanted something and you made it happen. It was worth whatever it took to make ‘it’ a reality. You did the hard work and didn’t let anything stop you.

Realizing a bigger vision is a lot like that. Start by giving yourself  permission to imagine what your realized dream would look …

“Michelangelo worked with his hammer and chisel to remove the marble that was in the way of his vision of David. I believe we each have a masterpiece inside of us waiting to be revealed.”

Three Steps to Realizing Your Vision

1.  Get clear on your Vision. What makes your soul sing? What Big Bold Dream gives you a smile when you think about it?  Think about a time in your life that     you had a goal and you made it happen. Perhaps this was a trip, a surprise for someone you care about, something you wanted to own.

2. Get clear on what it is not. Sometimes, when we think about what we don’t want it reveals what we do. Write a negative list, and then reverse it.

3. Taking away what it is not. What do you need to let go of in your life?

What vision is inside you waiting to be brought into reality?

What step are you on?  How clear is your vision?

Please share in a comment below.I would love to hear!

    6 Comments

  1. Great metaphor using Michelango and story of David. I love the part about removing what is in the way of our vision. We often forget that part and it’s probably the easiest to do.

    Eva

    March 28, 2014

  2. I love #2. Get clear on what you don’t want. It can be painful to be in a place where you are experiencing something you don’t prefer. The pain clears when we realize we’re just getting clear on what is not in our vision!

    Melody LeBaron

    March 28, 2014

  3. I agree with Melody. Knowing what you *don’t* want to do is a critical aspect of running your own business. Unfortunately it is one of those things that a lot of solopreneurs don’t think enough about and never learn to do. Turning away business or a client is something even big businesses don’t do enough of, but you have learn that there is “good” money and bad “money” i.e. ala Clayton Christensen. See http://blog.mindjet.com/2013/05/agile-marketing-series-the-emergent-strategy-and-good-money-vs-bad-money/ which speaks to big business examples, but is very pertinent in my opinion to small business owners.

    Laurie Nylund

    March 29, 2014

  4. I agree with you Eva. I do think sometime we make things harder for ourselves.

    Cyndi Fine

    March 30, 2014

  5. Melody,
    Glad you love #2 !
    I like what you said;
    “The pain clears when we realize we’re just getting clear on what is not in our vision!”

    Cyndi Fine

    April 2, 2014

  6. Laurie,
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, to knowing when to and saying “no”.

    Cyndi Fine

    April 2, 2014

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