(1) Turn on your radio or iPod. Find some good music. Now listen as you read.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most popular American Poet in the 19th century, wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Music performs a number of remarkable feats on the human body. It boosts the immune system, regulates stress-related hormones, stimulates digestion and affects respiration. Rhythm is at the heart of music. However, the power of rhythm is not only found in song.
Your vision of the future creates your life’s rhythm.
Your vision defines your connection between you and the people, places, and things around you. Do they have purpose? Are they taking you closer or further away from your vision?
(2) Back to the song. Listen intently to it. Is it familiar or new? If it is familiar, where does it take you in your life? What memories are being recalled? Does the song make you want to dance, reflect, go to sleep or just listen?
(3) Now, change the channel. With a new song comes a totally different set of experiences. You are now in a different place with a different song and a new mood.
(4) Again, change the channel. Only this time, keep looking until you find one you really like. This song, above all the others before, is exactly what you need right now. Your feet are tapping and it makes you feel good. The song has changed your entire energy level. You have found your rhythm. The song has connected with you. It is this type of energizing connection an authentic vision should be creating in your life today. If its not, change the channel. Develop a vision that energizes you, makes you hopeful and creates a positive, purpose-filled rhythm in your life.
“Rhythm is a movement marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements.”
This definition of rhythm highlights the primary dynamic of an authentic vision. The key word is movement. It denotes a lack of sameness, an absence of apathy and a physical action producing a change. An authentic vision creates the magic of inertia in your life. It drives you to purposeful action. And you have to act upon your vision for it to have any relevance or impact on your life. Effort is the bridge between potential and achievement.
An authentic vision leads to authentic action.
With authentic vision, your life becomes unique and your purpose is easily recognizable by you and others - just like a great song where the rhythm is a reflection of what the artist, songwriter and listener are all about. Work hard to find your authentic vision and it will continually move you and your actions to reach a genuine rhythm of meaning and greatness.