What Is Your Vision?
This week my husband and I woke up to find Max, one of our dachshunds, cowering in the hallway. He wanted to follow his brother upstairs to go outside, but something was preventing him from the task he has done every morning for the past 12 years.
As we carried him through the darkened house, he trembled in my husband’s arms and once we got him into a lit room, we discovered he had gone almost completely blind.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve noticed his eyes becoming more cloudy and although we knew it was only a matter of time, we were shocked when it seemed to happen overnight.
Since that dark morning, we have done a lot of research on what we need to do as his support system to encourage him to adapt to his new way of living.
It’s been a rough few days, as Max would rather lay around and sleep his day away. But with the encouragement and help from us and his brother, Rocky, he is adjusting and realizing that while he may not be able to physically see 80% of his surroundings, his vision for life hasn’t changed.
As my husband and I have adjustments in support of Max this past week, I found myself reflecting on how vision impacts our life. Not necessarily the physical vision the eyes see, but a more important aspect of vision; the one that defines our passion and purpose and in the end, creates the life we choose to live.
What is Vision
Vision is the act or power which gives a direction to our life to make our goals and dreams a reality.
It is important to have vision and purpose because it helps make our decisions that create our lifestyle.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. It wasn’t until I was given a free copy of Jeff Goins book, “You Are a Writer – So start acting like one” that I realized I had been a writer for most of my life. The one problem I had was not acting like one.
Jeff’s book changed my life, and now I am not only a writer, but I am also a published author with the recent release of Birthday Balloons for Grandpa this past July.
How to Discover Your Vision
Discovering your vision isn’t that hard. Each of us is put here on earth for a purpose. We want to achieve and accomplish certain things during our lifetime, and for most of us, the passion we feel deep down ignites us and brings our hopes and dreams to the surface.
- What are you deeply passionate about?
- What type of work do you find engaging and truly enjoy?
- If someone were to describe you, what words would you want them to use?
- At the end of your life, what will be the greatest accomplishment?
The answers to these questions will be vastly different for each of us, but they can help us find what we are passionate about and guide us to what our vision is for our life.
You Know What Your Vision Is, Now What?
“Having a vision for what you want is not enough…Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison
The first thing we must realize is that our vision will never become a reality if we sit back and wait for it to happen. Like all things in life, talking about our vision is not enough, we must get busy and work towards our goals.
The A, B, C’s of Defining Your Vision
- A – Assess where you currently are. Look at all aspects of your life; physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally. By knowing where you now are will cause you to see where you need to go and what you need to do to get there.
- B – Begin to move forward. Each step, no matter how small it seems, is one step closer towards your vision. Goals become necessary in reaching our vision, but keep in mind that goals are “how” you achieve something. Goals are like exercising every day, eating healthy, spending more time with your tribe. Vision is different. Vision is the “why.” What do you want to get out of life?
- C- Create a vision statement. A written statement can encourage you when feelings of doubt creep in. Describe what you want to accomplish, how you plan to get there and include a timeline for tracking your progress.
- D- Determination is critical. One of the biggest discouragements you may face is the obstacles that most certainly will come your way. There will be doubters that feel the need to share their unsolicited opinion. There may be financial or physical limits, but the determination to persevere can be the difference between failure and accomplishment. Remember – “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” Jim Watkins
- E- Enlist the help of others. I’ve mentioned before that you are here for a purpose, but there will be times when you need encouragement and support from others. Birthday Balloons for Grandpa would still be sitting in my desk drawer had it not been for the people who surrounded and walked with me.
- F – Finish Lines aren’t the end. Having a vision or a dream is an ongoing process. You will find that as long as there is breath inside you, there is no finish line. Each day gives you a new opportunity to evaluate where you are and find more ways to live the life you’ve envisioned.
Here Is My Vision
“Every person can live a life of kindness to create a better world.” KatieMae
Kindness isn’t that hard to find, but there are days where we need to look a little harder to see it.
I decided years ago, after living in a season where I wasn’t always kind to others to make a change. I left a job that had become toxic, and all I saw was the negativity and judgment of others. It began to infect me, and it caused me to be a person I didn’t like very much. By removing myself from the environment, I was able to readjust and once again find my true self. It was then that I decided to promote kindness each day to those I met.
Sometimes, we need to make significant changes in our lives to attain a meaningful and fulfilling life. I believe in kindness so much that I am creating a series in the children’s book arena based on being kind. The Kind Kindergartner will be the first book in the series, and I hope that it will impact and help show others that we can all afford to be a little nicer to others.
How’s Your Vision?
You weren’t born to do everything, but you were born to make an impact in this world. By discovering your vision, you have the extraordinary ability to contribute to this world making it a better place all while living a life of purpose.
What is the vision for your life? How are you doing in living out your vision? As long as you are still breathing, you have time to achieve it.