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  • Writer's pictureMark Roberts

Be a Visionary

Some people have the ability to see into the future. I am not referring to psychics, or mystics, or those who read tea leaves, consult ouija boards and tarot cards or stare into a crystal ball to try to forecast possible pending events. Frankly, those individuals tend to be more wrong than right most of the time. And they usually have willing prospects who pay for the information seeking to learn what MIGHT happen to them.

Men and women who can use information and turn it into productive goal setting, leadership and wise direction for themselves and their sphere of influence are said to be visionary in nature. They have the innate capability to mold a formula for success from collected data, experience, and insight and develop a path forward casting a vision for where they want to go. A visionary leader has a clear idea of what they want to accomplish. They can "see" the future.

Visionaries typically have many similar character traits such as persistence, courage, communicative, focused, optimistic, inspirational and tenacity. The best ones have the ability to encourage others, be open-minded to alternative ideas and change, are organized and orderly, collaborative with others, innovative with new ideas and concepts, forward thinking, and are creative and passionate about their agenda.

The ability to see a path forward ahead of the pack also involves the need to digest a lot of information from various sources. For many individuals, this task may seem daunting. For the visionary, that person typically is voracious about learning and understanding more about the subject to become better at what they do, and as a result, be more knowledgeable about how to do it. They consume massive amounts of data, review significant amounts of research, and write copious amounts of notes to develop their mission statement. They thrive on knowing more.

The older you get, the more you depend on your eyes to help you be the visionary in your family, your business, your career. Over time your eyes begin to slowly wear out. Before the age of 40, the natural lens of the eye is very flexible. This helps the lens focus on objects that are close up or far away. However, as you get older, the lens tends to lose its flexibility. Gradually this lowers the ability to see up-close objects, especially in low light.

Some diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure, can affect vision and eye health. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in adults. High blood pressure can damage the eye's blood vessels and nerves. It can cause permanent vision loss. Smoking also has a detrimental affect on your vision. Cataracts and glaucoma can happen at any age, but they most often happen in people over 60. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. Glaucoma is a deterioration of the eye's nerve over time.

Here are Ten Tips for healthier eyes and better vision:

  1. Wear sunglasses, even on cloudy days, to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun.

  2. Eat healthy foods for your heart and eyes that are rich in Vitamin A, Zinc, Lutein, and Beta-carotene.

  3. Clean your contact lens on a regular basis if you wear them.

  4. Take care of eye problems such as redness, gritty feeling, and tiredness. Use eyedrops, cold compresses or saline wash to help cleanse them.

  5. Throw away old makeup after 3 months, and don't share eye makeup with anyone.

  6. Don't smoke. Stop smoking if you use cigarettes, vaping or cigars.

  7. Use safety glasses on the job or for work projects that require using tools.

  8. Read drug labels. Some prescription medication can affect eyesight.

  9. Take a 30 second computer break - Every 30 minutes, look away at something at least 30 feet away for a minimum of 30 seconds.

  10. See your eye doctor for regular vision exams, at least once a year. He can be your eyes' best friend.

According to a large study published by the National Library of Medicine, nearly 50 percent of Americans do not enroll in vision coverage — so that routine visit to the optometrist has to be paid out-of-pocket. Most enrollees purchase a plan through their employer. That means that over 165 million Americans do not have vision coverage. No wonder there are so many healthcare problems. Your eyes are the pathway to your soul as it has been said for generations. They are also a conduit to discover your overall health.

You can find affordable options for vision plans on my website. Contact me for more information or to get a quote for you, your family or for your employees if you are an employer or business owner. Be the visionary you were meant to be by looking to the future through healthy eyes.

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