This is the year of 20/20 vision, when you will begin to see things more clearly not only for your future but also for your present. An ancient writer once wrote, “He without a vision will perish.” I believe you need to do goal-setting, vision-casting, and design a plan to get to where you want to go. In one, five, and ten years, you will end up at either a well-designed destination or an undesigned destination—which one will you be?
My good friend Webster (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) gives this definition of vision:
- the act or power of seeing
- something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation
- a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination
- a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial
I believe perfect vision fits all four definitions. The clarity that comes with the vision and dreams you have for your life stems from a deep desire and a yearning for your purpose. Everyone has a great purpose, and I believe we were all designed for greatness. Here are three steps to walk in your perfect vision:
- Know your “why” and make it bigger than yourself
- Change how you see yourself
- Start before it is finished
Know your why—why you get up in the morning and go to work, why you do the things you do. Do you do it for your kids, your family, or someone else who depends on you? When your why is bigger than yourself you will accomplish more. It will give you the motivation to walk through the dark days because you see the light at the end. You see the vision.
How you envision yourself is key to perfect vision. Self-doubt and lies are like vicious weeds growing on your mind that will choke out your life. You change the lies by replacing them with a truth and speaking that truth out loud. Voice record it or read a letter out loud to yourself. If you can’t see yourself accomplishing your vision, practice in your mind until you can.
Start before it is finished. If you started to build a house and, when asked you what you were doing, replied, “I don’t know” people would laugh at you. Builders have already designed and built the house before the foundation is ever laid. Before something is created it is envisioned. Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb, Abraham Lincoln was defeated nine times before being elected, and Michael Jordan missed 9,000 shots, lost 300 games, and missed 23 game winning shots. I don’t have to tell you what their successes are because you have heard them already. They all started again and again before it was finished; before anyone else saw them at the finish line in victory and success, they saw it.