WHERE do you see yourself in the next 5, 10, 15 or 20 years? The answer is where you should be. And that’s probably your destiny or purpose or even your calling. To get to where you should be, you need VISION.
The journey toward destiny always begins with Vision. According to John Maxwell, “Vision is the roadmap to your destiny, the picture of your purpose. Without it, you may find yourself off course —or worse, going nowhere.”
In other words, Vision is a revelation of how to get to your destination in life. It is the GPS or satellite navigation system leading to your purpose. Your vision is the answer to the following questions: “How do I achieve my goals?” “How do I fulfil my purpose?” “How do I fulfil my calling?” Vision is the ability or faculty of perceiving the future with the mind. It is a divine impression of one’s destination that is vividly conjured up in the imagination.
You need Vision because it generates self-control and restraint. It pushes you in the right direction. On the other hand, without Vision, there is neither focus nor self-control. Jesus was able to endure the pain, agony and shame of the cross because he had a revelation of the joy and glory that was ahead of Him.
Your vision is most likely related or connected to what you’re most passionate about. John Maxwell says:
“Take some time to LOOK . . .
Within you: What is your passion?
Behind you: How have past lessons and experiences prepared you to pursue your passion? Around you: What’s happening to others in this area (the trends)?
Ahead of you: What do you want to accomplish?
Above you: What part does God play in your life and dream?
Beside you: What resources are available to you?
Alongside you: Who can partner with you in this pursuit?”
Write down the Vision. It’s important to write down your vision because it is usually for a future time. Visions are futuristic in nature. Vision describes something that is yet to happen, but which will eventually be fulfilled. The prophet Habakkuk wrote in the Old Testament book of the same name: “And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
Writing down a vision serves at least two purposes. One, it ensures you won’t forget it. You’ve got to realise that the faintest pen is brighter than the brightest memory.
Two, it helps others to understand it, especially if the vision is to be acted upon in your absence.
Act on the Vision! Do something about it. According to Joel A. Barker, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
Learn to communicate it. Be able to explain your Vision in 30 seconds. Then cut your pitch to 15 seconds. Now develop a strapline which captures your Vision in a few memorable words. For example, “Life in all its fullness,” which is the strapline for my blog.
Got it? Let me know when you arrive at your Purpose!
Question: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? How do you plan to get there? You can leave a comment by clicking on the link below.