Creating the Vision

Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the
inessential than with inventing something new.

Helmut Jahn

Now that you have honestly assessed where you currently are in life, let’s move on to the next phase of the building process. Ask yourself this question: Am I now fully committed to doing what I need to do make a difference in my life—to take me where I truly want to go?

Becoming the Architect of Your Destiny

Becoming an architect means being in control of the design, being a visionary. You must have a vision for what you want the design to accomplish. Architects are not in the “wish” game. They believe in their abilities to envision what can be, and they believe that they can create designs and develop plans to fulfill those visions. You must now believe in your ability to design your future. We will give you guidelines; however, you are the architect . . . you must believe that what you take the time to study and embark upon will become your reality.

An architect knows that he or she cannot design something that is impossible to build. That would just be foolish. Architects know engineering, and they know how to incorporate their visions within the realm of possibility. Both vision and engineering must come together in order for a building to become a reality. First, we will determine your vision, and then we will connect the appropriate engineering with your vision. At that point, you will be on your way to becoming the architect of your own destiny.

The Power of Imagination

When we are young, we usually have many dreams of what we want to be, what we want to accomplish, and how we plan to enjoy the fruits of our labor. As we get older, we tend to let our dreams slip away, dismissing them as childhood fantasies or simply forgetting that we even had them. Life becomes a challenge, and instead of continuing to pursue our dreams, we focus more on survival. The masses easily fall into the trap of living from paycheck to paycheck, which has now become the norm . . . it is “The American Way!”

So this lesson is dedicated to dreaming. You will be reminded that the child inside you, regardless of age or current position in life, is alive and well and that it is still perfectly acceptable to imagine what you can achieve and what you can become . . . to recapture those earlier dreams that you might have let slip away.

Dreaming is the unleashing of your imagination. It’s the power to let your thoughts and fantasies stretch out and beyond the confines of a concrete world.

Have you ever been to the Magic Kingdom or Disney World? Then you may have seen an incredible exhibit of one man’s power of imagination. Walt Disney envisaged the possibility of a mouse becoming a cartoon character that could bring happiness and joy to children everywhere. Can you imagine that? A mouse putting smiles…