I thought I was just tired. I was reading a book with fine print and found myself pulling it further away to make out the words. My vision was better than 20/20- this must be a mistake. I delayed the inevitable for over 2 1/2 years. Last weekend I faced the facts and bought my first pair of reading glasses.

"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision." -Helen Keller

What are the factors causing us to resist simple shifts that can significantly improve the quality of our lives? Here are some that have popped up for me:

* Resistance to change/comfort zone. Sometimes I like to hold on to my old, comfortable way of looking at things- even if it doesn't work so well anymore.
* Blind spots. I got so used to reading with obscured vision, I almost didn't notice it.
* Self comparison. Comparing myself to how I used to be can be a recipe for frustration. While it is true that I am continuing to improve in various areas of my life, apparently eyesight is not one of them.
* Denial. I simply did not want to accept my limitations.
* Pride/ego/vanity. Glasses, when I got right down to it, represented weakness in my mind. I didn't want to rely on something outside myself to get results I was used to getting on my own.

I just happened to be with a trusted friend who reminded me how absurd my stubbornness was. Without this gentle prodding, it is likely I would still be vision impaired. As I write these words (glasses on) I am wondering what took me so long.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. -Proverbs 29:18

Tools, resources, and strategies are all around us. They come in the form of books, trainings, people... and glasses. What are you doing today to improve your vision?

Author's Bio: 

Doug Grady is the author of the forthcoming book, The Ripple Effect. He has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years.