Well? Do you have one? I ask many people this question and I get very few coherent answers. This vision stuff is hard. It’s easier to go with the flow but as Yogi Berra famously said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.” You weren’t expecting that quote were you. You were probably expecting something like: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I also happen to like: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
Whatever. The thing is, if you don’t have a personal vision, then your life will be subject to those around you who do have personal visions. You’ll spend your life making their visions into reality instead of making one of your own.
If you don’t have one of your own and want to develop one then you could read “A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success.”
For a short cut to developing your own vision, you could answer the following questions that come from the book:
What is your Work? What happens when you are giving your greatest gift to the world? How are people different as a consequence of having been in your presence? See it as an image. Use present tense. Answer these questions:
- What gives you a sense of aliveness, that feels “just right”?
- What do you dream about; what holds you spellbound?
- What are blessings you could give back to the world?
- Whose work or life inspires you?
- What would you talk about if given an hour of prime time TV to influence the nation or the world?
- What makes you angry enough to correct in the world?
- What contribution of yours will be more profound than others doing something similar?