“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” — James Allen
The late American author and political activist Helen Keller once wrote: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
I want to draw your attention how you can create a purposeful and compelling vision for your future. I believe purpose and vision are two crucial ingredients to carving out a destiny filled with passion and hope.
Passion ignites the spark, which fuels the flame toward desire, whilst collaborating to propel you towards a successful future.
Nurturing a vision for success becomes an exploration of the deepest wisdom which resides within us all — accessing that wisdom by allowing it to serve you will serve as your focal point.
As you undertake a masterful plan for your future, you unearth something dormant within you all along. Vision and purpose coexist within the same container, which lead to the fulfillment of your deepest desires and beyond.
A vision is an extension of your soul’s plan made manifest into reality. Therefore as you align this with purpose, a powerful process is brought into action.
I remind you of the Patanjali quote highlighting the activation of purpose. I carry this with me, since it serves to remind me of the wisdom we all have access to: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Consequently, your purpose is your kindred spirit moving through life alongside you to navigate your life’s path. Whilst your vision is the path toward that which you seek.
Reflect on your vision and purpose and consider the following with attentiveness.
Recall the last time you ventured on a driving vacation where you were unfamiliar with the route prior to undertaking the journey. Perhaps the plan was to figure out the route along the way as you drove from your starting point to your destination.
Chances are that you mapped the journey as you went along, since becoming lost is certainly not on the agenda. Mapping directions when you don’t know the route, is certain to prove a wise move if you wish to avoid taking an unexpected detour along the way.
How about as it relates to the game of life?
Whilst we undertake this journey with many different roads to choose from, seldom do we consider the time to map our life path or create a life plan. Many of you may have never developed a life plan owing to the fact that it is a waste of time.
Allow me to assure you that your life journey is just that; a journey. If you are not planning or navigating the road ahead, you are bound to lose your way. In fact, there are plenty of reasons we should map out a life plan.
Here are several:
A life plan:
“If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.” ― Terence McKenna
There are numerous people who have put their passion and dreams on the back burner, believing they cannot sustain a living pursuing such.
Sadly, life seems to pass them by and sure enough, they reach a point of no return called mid-life, locked into a career and relationship which does not serve them.
In fact, a quick internet search on successful men and women will provide you plenty of faith that you can achieve what you put your mind to.
Seemingly, given the advent of each New Year, many people contemplate their life’s purpose with bewilderment.
What is it?
Do I have one?
Believe that you do have a purpose — assuredly, it can be found by stepping out of your comfort zone and trialling it.
While I may be stating the obvious, sitting at home while wishing your purpose falls into your lap may be wishful thinking.
You must take a risk by creating forward momentum towards discovering your purpose. Certainly, the first step is the most difficult, yet the most important.
Reflect on the likes of Bill Gates, Tony Hsieh (Zappos) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) who certainly never started out as business heroes. They began with the desire to solve a problem that many people were experiencing and create a value driven product or service that was the best in their field.
How did they begin? With one step.
The attention turns to you
Do you find yourself caught in stagnation?
Do you have dreams, visions, or goals for your life?
If so, are they infused with passion and zeal?
Are you happy pursuing them or simply burned out to turn them into reality?
If you are not enjoying the journey, it is time to re-evaluate the process you are undertaking. It is worth considering making a number of crucial changes, not only to your outlook, but to establishing firm goals alongside a life planning process.
Take to the waters and test drive your purpose to see if there is a calling. If you fail, at least you have the luxury to learn quickly from your failures and adjust your course.
Many years ago I spent time with a mastermind group called Thought Leaders. One of their business mantras was “fail fast.” That is, make the mistakes you need to make early in the piece, learn from it and adjust your course accordingly.
Let me ask.
Where do you think you will be in five, ten or twenty years’ time?
What do you want your life to look like?
Who do you want to be in the future?
“What could be a better use of your time than establishing a game plan for your life?”―Michael Hyatt
Most people automatically think about where they want to live, what car they’ll have, or who they will be married to, which is certainly fine, although I want you to consider what you want your life to look like in every way: financially, socially, physically and spiritually.
Personally, I like to categorise my life into yearly components and within that framework, break them down into quarters. I also create a five, ten and twenty year life plan by apportioning it back to quarterly periods.
This keeps me on track and prompts me to actively work toward my short-term and long-term goals. Creating a life plan then allows you to gain clarity on what is important and what you wish to achieve over the course of your life.
For many people life happens to them, instead of through them. Life passes them by at the drop of a hat and soon enough their dreams, goals and aspirations have fallen by the wayside as we have eluded earlier.
Be clear on your vision — imagine it, envision it and focus on it daily so that you are clear on WHAT you wish to achieve. Don’t worry about the HOW’S. They will be made known to you along the way.
Strategize your life plan by mapping out a course which leads you somewhere, rather than anywhere.
Create your destiny by stepping into it with a bold and purposeful vision for the future.
A life plan can be a personal strategy and a call to action aspects of your life which you value. It is an invitation to move in the direction of your life’s priorities.
Far too many people sail through life drifting from one career, relationship or circumstances to another. They have not defined their purpose or vision and so life eventually decides the course of their destiny.
They fall victim to being at the mercy of life’s forces, pulling them in all directions yet without having a clear vision for the future.
Psychologist call it the pain pleasure principle, which is the instinctual seeking of pleasure or running away from pain in order to satisfy one’s biological and psychological needs.
That is, people are defined by those who seek the pleasure of enriched encounters or simultaneously runaway from painful circumstances.
If you continue to encounter undesirable conditions, your predominant motive will be to run away from your problems, in contrast to seeking new and exciting opportunities which enhance your personal evolution.
Therefore form a clear vision of that which you desire by creating a plan which draws you closer to the life you envision.
Enhance it daily as you gain a renewed perspective on your purposeful future.
Originally published at medium.com