Developing a vision for your life means creating a picture of the future that is better than the status quo. If your vision does describe a better future and, although challenging, has a realistic chance of being achieved, it will be a great way to motivate you.
Having a vision for your life does not mean having to set out on just one path and one path only and sticking with it. In fact, the opposite is true. In pursuit of living a life of self-leadership, many things may change along the way, such as your views on success and happiness, your views about yourself as a person, and the circumstances in which you find yourself.
Remember when people are at the end of their lives, it is the relationships they formed and the difference they made in the world that they value most highly. Towards the end of their lives, most people agree that the greatest things they have done, and the legacy they are proudest to leave behind, are what they did to help others.
When you set out on a journey, it is vital to know where you are headed, even if you don’t know how you are going to get there. It is important to start with the end in mind, but there is a need to guard against the end being a dead end. There is a great danger of this happening if you are in such a hurry to set a path for yourself that you do not connect this with what you have set out your vision.
If you have a vision for your life, you have a direction with focus and clarity. It means having the power of a written structure against which every decision concerning the most effective use of your time, your talents, financial resources and your energies can be effectively measured.
Vision is the ability to see into the infinite future, past the boundaries of your conditioning and present circumstances, to what could be. It means being able to see the life you truly want and how you want to live it, seeing life and what it could be, not just what it has been. It is about being willing to see the present and the future as not just being the same as the past but as something that can be changed for the better.
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