Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision. ~Andy Stanley
There are various definitions of vision.
- The act or power of imagination
- Mode of seeing or conceiving
- Unusual discernment or foresight
- An experience of seeing something that others cannot see
- Something seen other than the human eye or supernaturally revealed
- A clear and compelling picture of the future or a desired outcome
All of these lean in the direction that vision is really about seeing a desired future ahead in your mind. This vision, if you have it, helps to guide you and make your daily events more meaningful than they really are at face value.
Vision can be understood as a clear and compelling picture of the future or a desired outcome that provides direction, purpose, and motivation. It goes beyond mere goals or ambitions and encompasses a deeper sense of calling and alignment with one’s values and beliefs. Vision is often seen as a guiding light that shapes decision-making inspires action, and helps individuals and organizations stay focused amidst challenges.
While all these descriptions of vision are good, where it begins to make the most sense is when you personally answer this question.
“Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?”
This question makes many people stutter, many people are not thinking that far ahead, and when they do, not in so much detail. If I can be plain with you, however, your life is only as meaningful as your vision.
To answer this question feels like taking a shot in the dark.
Are there any guarantees? Yes! Your life will make more sense with a vision for the future to work towards than taking it one day at a time.
Is it for real that I can have insight into where I’ll be in 10 years? Yes! More on this later.
Isn’t it just safer to keep living and not think about the future so we won’t be disappointed? No! A life that doesn’t have a focal point is an inefficient and ineffective life.
Your personal vision is not your creation, it’s your discovery. Just like the purpose of every object is put into consideration in the design of the object, your personal purpose and consequent vision are already encoded in your DNA. The signs are already present in what excites you, what angers you, and what frustrates you. Your emotional reaction to things provides some form of indication about the things that are connected to your passion.
How can I discover my personal vision?
First attempt the question of where you see yourself in the next 10 years. Think and answer it with as many details as you can imagine. Once you have done this, wait patiently for the next sequel to this article.