We’ve talked a little bit about determining your personal values. Once you know what you value, you can begin to create a vision for your future that’s in line with your beliefs.
When you know what’s important to you, it’s much easier to figure out where you want to end up. Where you end up will ultimately be determined by your vision.
Developing a personal vision will allow you to create goals that are relevant to your desired outcome. You can begin completing tasks and working towards the achievement of your goals today, but unless you have a vision, your actions could be wasted on empty activity that has nothing to do with where you want to go.
So, do you know what your vision is?
Do you have the desire to own luxury cars? Do you want to purchase and live in your dream home? Do you want financial freedom and complete control over time?
Another important thing to think about is what gets you excited. If your vision does nothing to inspire or motivate you, it’s not helping you. Your vision should help you to move you in the direction of your dreams, even when it seems irrational or illogical to do so.
If your dream is big enough, no obstacle will stop you. You will be so compelled to achieve that you won’t let small things bother you or get in the way. If your dream isn’t big enough, you will be more easily defeated. You won’t follow through on your goals.
A vision is forward-facing. In other words, it is more concerned with the present and the future than it is with your past.
If you get too fixated on your past, you will have a hard time making progress in the present. Your past does not inform your future. Too many people allow their past to dictate to them what is possible for them. You can’t let your past get you down. It’s gone. It’s finished. There’s nothing you can do about it. You have to think about your present and your future, because that’s the only way to get excited about life.
A vision also enables you to foster long-term thinking. It can take a long time to see your vision come to fruition. If you are unable to stay steady to the task and keep your eyes fixed on what’s ahead, you won’t be able to see what needs to be done today in order to get you to where you want to go tomorrow. If you’re too busy looking in the rear-view mirror, you may end up veering off the road or crashing into something that’s ahead of you.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. If your past has nothing to do with the present, and it has nothing to do with your future, there is no telling what you can accomplish. Stay focused on what’s ahead. Don’t take too much time to look into your past. It won’t help you navigate the course that’s before you.