Having a vision for your life makes the difference between making a living and making a life. If you don’t know your purpose, then discover the reason you are on this planet. Knowing who you are and what you are meant to be gives you the energy you need to create the life that makes you happy. Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.
A vision is a guiding image of success formed in terms of a contribution to society. If a strategic plan is the “blueprint” for your work, then the vision is the “artist’s rendering” of the achievement of that plan. It is a description in words that conjures up a similar picture for life.
There is one universal rule of planning: You will never be greater than the vision that guides you. No Olympic athlete ever got to the Olympics by mistake; a compelling vision of his or her stellar performance inevitably guides all the sweat and tears for many years. The vision statement requires you to stretch your expectations, aspirations, and performance. Without that powerful, attractive, valuable vision, why bother?
A vision statement should be realistic and credible, well-articulated and easily understood, appropriate, ambitious, and responsive to change. It should orient your energies in a direction and serve as a guide to action. It should be consistent with your values. In short, a vision should challenge and inspire you to achieve your mission. Vision is the WHAT and mission is the HOW.
People without vision have no purpose; people without purpose are harassed by everything in their lives so they blame their futile lives on everything and everyone. When you lack vision, you wander through life hoping for the best. Sometimes you are lucky sometimes you are not. Proverbs 18 says that “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
The other day I was having a chat with an old friend who was concerned by the purposeless lives being lived by the youths. I was in full agreement with him because I feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with a generation that seems to have waived every sense of decency for idiotic pursuits motivated by nothing but lascivious pleasure. However, I disagreed with him when he blamed their lack of purpose on the leaders who have not taken time to groom the younger generation because vision is something you learn from home. No one is going to sit you down and write on the blackboard what your vision should be. You learn by observing the people closest to you. You observe how your parents live their own lives and you make up your mind either to follow suit or to tweak it to suit your own personal traits.
Today take your time to get your life in order. Get a book and a pen and state down clearly what your vision, purpose, mission and goal of your life. Your mission is the how of your life; your goal is the what and purpose is the why of your life. When you have all these in order you will be able rise above any difficulties that will definitely show up in your life because you are sure of where you are going and you know how you going to get there and you will know when you do get there.