Life is how you make it, whether you decide to help the needy like mother Teresa, be a famous icon in sports like Michael Jordan, visionary leader like Mwalimu Nyerere, a famous painter like Picasso, a responsible parent, a well behaved child or be just another human being alive, have a clear vision for your life.
We have heard so many organizations, institutions having vision that guides their footsteps. The question is, do we take time to develop our personal vision statement? What do you want out of your life? Are you comfortable living as an ordinary individual or you want to put an extra into the ordinary? Albert Einsten said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Dare to think different and act different, be the amazing creation that you were created to be and lead a life with a vision and a purpose.
Think of the one thing that drives you to do what you are doing, to act the way you act and to talk the way you do. That one thing guides your footsteps and your personal vision in life is created around it. There are seven billion people in the world and you are among them, so it time to ask ourselves, what is the added value of our lives? Are we living according to the routine or are we stepping up and stepping out to make positive difference to the communities we are in and the world at large.
Most of us get contented in the comfort zone, when we can take care of ourselves and the immediate family. What happened to the world being one big family? Life does not end in the four walls we confine ourselves into. It is time to break out of the bubble, get out of the shell and live beyond the comfort zone, grab opportunities, share ideas, speak out your thought, be a leader, inspire and motivate others, be a blessing and be a friend to someone else. Zig Zaglar said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days"
Sometimes we spend most of the time living other people’s lives. We get lost in the shadows and we forget the reality that we are to stand for. In her book, The Language of Letting Go, Melody Beattie said “I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people's lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.”
Developing a personal vision statement is a step towards a journey of personal development. Your personal vision statement is what gives meaning to your sweat and tears, to your trials and triumph, to your daily hustles and bustles. Your vision statement is what makes you get out of bed when it’s still dark, when you still want to sleep in, is what gives meaning to every sunrise that you get to witness. Your vision should guide your choices, decisions, engagements and commitment.
Tony Dungy, former football player and coach once said, “The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. Vision will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve excellence. Only vision allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action. Vision has no boundaries and knows no limits. Our vision is what we become in life. ”
You are responsible for the outcome of your life. If you do not step up and step out, no one will do it for you. If you do not claim greatness and work towards achieving it, all you will ever have will be dreams. It’s a good thing to dream but it brings too much satisfaction to see your dream (vision) come to pass.
Get in touch with yourself. Think positive.