“Could you really turn the desert into a lush green land? Fifty years ago, one man firmly believed it was possible. For Sheikh Zayed the only limit was your imagination. To turn his vision into reality, the Founding Father summoned prominent agricultural experts from around the world to the oasis at Buraimi. After seeing the barren land, most decided to return home. Except for a 25-year-old graduate in agricultural science from Karachi in Pakistan. Abdul Hafeez Khan Al Yousefi faced the daunting task of turning the desert green on his arrival in Abu Dhabi in 1962. But Sheikh Zayed’s friendship and passion for the project led him to stay well beyond his one-year contract.“ (The National/ UAE)

Sheikh Zayed had the vision to return the desert to its greener origins by increasing the number of trees, farms and palm orchards. He did his research and discovered that “15,000 years ago, the Arabian Peninsula was a very different place. Enveloped in thick forests and full of greenery, the land got transformed to a desert only after it was exposed to a long spell of drought that also forced its inhabitants to move in search of water. In time, the forests were buried and gradually transformed into the region's black gold or oil.” (Gulfnews/Environment)

Today, trees are seen all over in the UAE. One of the most beautiful drives is the main road between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. There are trees the entire drive, as well as date palms on both sides of the road. The Emirates have become one of the leading date producers today. With all the green around, the air feels much cleaner and I was told there is more rainfall now. One article mentioned that the Emirates are building a mountain to increase rainfall utilizing the concept of Orographic precipitation, and also significantly investing in research to produce artificial rain (http://www.abudhabi2.com/uae-mulls-man-made-mountain-in-bid-to-improve-r...).

"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious." — John Scully

If leadership, vision and passion can turn the desert green, what can you accomplish today? Are you able to imagine what you could achieve and how your life could be? A clear vision, one you are passionate about, leads you to inspired actions. And we all know, actions produce results. Take time today to imagine you progressing through a difficult task or a challenge you want to overcome. How does it feel to know you CAN do it? It all starts with creating a mental picture, strengthening the image and feeling by adding your five senses, excitement, and repetition. If you are ready to awaken to your full potential to reach your dream goals personally and professionally I invite you to start the journey to lasting joy, wellness, achievements and success. Contact me today for a complimentary Strategy Session (http://ulrikeberzau.com/personal-development/).

Author's Bio: 

Ulrike Berzau, Executive Coach & Consultant, works with individuals, teams and organization to achieve exceptional results in life and business. With extensive experience as healthcare executive, she is known for providing highly respected insights and creative solutions to secure continuous advancement and excellence. Ulrike has an unwavering passion for igniting the talent and brilliance in others and her international and multicultural experiences allow her to relate to a diverse audience. Her ambitious, yet well balanced, positive and inspiring mindset is the catalyst of her own success and assures the success of clients, staff and organizations.

Ulrike is the co-author of the International Best-Seller Imagine a Healthy You and an inspirational speaker. She is certified as Thinking into Results Consultant, Passion Test Facilitator, ASAP Engagement Consultant and Achieve Today Coach, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management, a Master’s Degree in Health Science, Physical Therapy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.