We cannot outperform our vision for ourselves.  Creating, maintaining and upgrading our vision for what we can do is critical for high performance.  If we cannot outperform our vision for ourselves, then working to lift our self-imposed lid should be one of our highest priorities.

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. “ – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

Six ways to do it:

Get new knowledge.  Take a class, read a book, research on topics that interest you.

Get connected. Associate with others that are doing what you want to do.  Find out what they are doing, thinking and achieving. Be on the lookout for mentors and role models.

Get new experiences.  New experiences can yield new perspectives. New experiences can include travel, seminars, retreats and even “unrelated” hobbies or athletic challenges.

Get imagining.  Set aside time to daydream, imagine and visualize yourself operating at a higher level.

Get uncomfortable.  Ask yourself some provocative questions, e.g. what would be different if I decided to live more heroically?

Get it recorded.  Insights and perspectives can fade quickly and get crowded out by the day to day. Record and review your insights on a regular basis.

What ways have you found that work for you to upgrade your vision for yourself?