“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
While this might sound overbearing, there can be a great truth to this quote. A vision for our lives can help give us something to move toward. It can bring clarity and precision to our lives and decision making. It can also help us get through the tough times in our lives.
Through my own personal experience, research, and testaments from others, I've found that when people lack an overall vision for a compelling future for themselves, they generally end up discouraged and unhappy. If you look back through history, it’s not difficult to find real stories of individuals who have endured terrible and dire situations, yet still created a wonderful life for themselves because they had a compelling future and vision to keep them going, even when life seemed bleak.
I was forever moved and changed after reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning.” In this iconic book, Frankl details his experience living through the Holocaust and several concentration camps. He details that those who saw no reason to live or future to look forward to ultimately gave up on themselves, their situation, and succumbed to death. Despite the unspeakable horrors, Frankl found a way to endure and survive.
How did he do it? He believed with utmost conviction that he was destined to endure the Holocaust so he would be able to share and spread with the world his experience and all that had happened. He was determined to survive so he could tell the story of the concentration camps.
A vision for ourselves can work in similar ways for us today. Having this vision can help us to reach our fullest potential. When we focus our attention on what we want to have happen, miracles, circumstances, and events seem to transpire on our behalf.
For me, the vision I have for myself is to be an influential yoga teacher, wellness & athletic coach, keynote speaker, and author. With that in mind, I make sure to align my actions towards the fulfillment of that vision. Whenever I find myself feeling lost, stuck, or in despair about my current situation, I remind myself of my vision and how far I've come and grown. It truly has been a life-changing process for me at times.
If you don’t yet have a vision for a compelling future for yourself, don't fret. What I believe is most important is to have something specific you'd like to create or do in your life or for others. This will help give meaning, guidance, and structure to your world and decisions.
Also, it is important to recognize that your vision may (and probably will) change, and that's great! Be flexible in your approach and be open to everything, including the things that will inevitably show up spontaneously along the way as you embark on your journey. Just remember, you always have right now to begin and to choose what you’d like to see manifest in your life!
What is your vision for yourself?
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