Character Creates Opportunity® – What Do You See? January 15, 2015

There is little doubt that our world continues to grow in complexity, intensity, and uncertainty.  Occasionally, we may hear someone say, “Oh how I wish for the good old days.”

As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character in order to reach our full potential, there are always points in time when we just need a good reminder of truth.  As our world deals with continued extremist activity, our global financial markets continue to be tested, and the complexity of day to day challenges in our homes and communities continue to grow, this is one of those times for a good reminder of truth.

The truth to be reminded about is that we become what we think about…we become what we “see” in our mind’s eye.  Whether we subscribe to the teachings of some famous personal development guru, some enlightened individual, or we believe in the Book of Proverbs that says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” our take-away is the same.  Regardless of our reference point, the truth remains, we become what we “see” in our mind’s eye.

We don’t need a PhD in psychology from a prestigious university, be a member of the 1% or the 99% in terms of financial wealth, or sit in a corner office to understand the simple, timeless, and universal truth that we become what we see in our mind’s eye.  We could reference numerous academic studies, cite quotes from individuals who have had real impact in our world, or think back along our own experience, and the conclusion would be the same…what I dwell on in my mind, so much so that it becomes as clear as day, I become.

As we build and strengthen our character, an important question we need to ask ourselves is, “What do I ‘see’ today?”

In our own mind’s eye, not in the view of a spouse, a parent, a boss, a teacher, a TV broadcaster, a mentor, but what do we “see” in our own view?

Do we see adversity that we cannot overcome?  Do we see relationships that are best to be broken instead of repaired and strengthened?


Do we see an opportunity to rise above?  Do we see challenge and a view of overcoming?  Do we see the reality of close relationships struggling in the near term, but in the long view, see love, affection, and togetherness?

Do we see a business with present-day challenges, but opportunity on the horizon?  Do we see communities divided, but a pathway to cooperation and support?

Or…Do we just see dark clouds all around us?

Each one of us has the freedom to choose what we see in our own mind’s eye.  What do you ‘see’ today? Viewpoint

In this present time of challenge in our world and in our homes, it would be helpful to remember the simple truth that we become what we see in our mind’s eye and ensure our lens is adjusted to see our present challenges as an opportunity to overcome and reach our full potential as individuals, families, and communities across the globe.

As we guide our thoughts, decisions, and actions based on principles, like patience, perseverance, hope, and faith, we build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity® for us to create the future we desire and rise up to reach our full potential.