[MMM] How to Get 20/20 Vision for Your Career

Welcome to the first Monday in the 20’s.


What is your theme for this year?


What I enjoy about a new year is the ability to revisit what has been successful & to think about ways to improve.


For me & for our team the theme is


20/20 Vision


Yes, of course, it is the year 2020 but it is also a play on that famous term


They have 20/20 vision.


The term “20/20” are visual acuity measurements. They are named after Herman Snellen, the Dutch ophthalmologist who developed this measurement system in 1862. The top number of the Snellen fraction is the viewing distance between the patient and the eye chart. In Canada, this distance typically is 20 feet; in other countries, it is 6 meters. At this testing distance, the size of the letters on one of the smaller lines near the bottom of the eye chart has been standardized to correspond to “normal” visual acuity, this is the “20/20” line.


If you can identify the letters on this line but none smaller, you have normal (20/20) vision. Is this “perfect” vision? No this is really about your ability to see things well & clearly without any corrective support such as glasses, cataract or corrective surgery.


There are three major physical and neurological factors to determine how well you see:


  1. How accurately the cornea & the lens of the eye focus light onto the retina.
  2. The sensitivity of the nerves in the retina and vision centres in the brain.
  3. The ability of the brain to interpret information received from the eyes.


What I find interesting about the third factor is our brain’s ability to interpret information from the eyes. It’s amazing what one person see’s & interprets from the information the eye receives.


Neurobiologist Semir Zeki of the University of London, says about our brain “It has to actively construct or invent our visual world. Confronted with an overwhelming barrage of visual information, it must sort out relevant features and make snap judgments about what they mean. The brain must process an immense amount of information as fast as it can, using any shortcuts it can.”


What I found interesting in Dr. Zeki’s description was how our brain processes, constructs & uses shortcuts to help us see.


What will you do to sharpen your vision this year?


According to the International Coaching Federation you are 3.5 times more likely to improve your performance (aka vision) with a certified coach than on your own.


Want to see better?


Yes you could see an Optometrist



We can help.


Along the road with you!




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