We see snapshots of people living the lives we would like to emulate, items or status which we would like to receive, and the impact that we would like to leave after we’ve moved on here and there along our personal journeys. We then look around us and ask ourselves, “Why not us? What do they have that we don’t? How come they made it and we didn’t?”
If you take twins, who grew up in the same situation, same school, same environment but see that upon adulthood the two lead very different lives; one of fulfillment, one of disappointment, one of success, one of failure, one of entrepreneurship, one of employment; what was the difference between the two? It was vision! While the one grew up having a clear picture of the destination and ending, the other followed the Joneses and copied what society says to do. One had a direct path and the other was just a wonderer. Vision was the difference!
Sight is what is accomplished through the function of your eyes, while vision can only be made aware through the revelation of one’s heart. So even though they both saw the materialistic things and status’ that they wanted; one had a vision to press towards, and the other just followed the pattern of the masses.
Vision is the key to moving from what was and what is, to taking us forward into what could be, and what has not ever been before. Vision sets you free from the limits of what the eyes can see and allows you to enter into the freedom of what the heart can feel. It is vision that makes what isn’t seen visible and possibilities out of the unknown.
Why have we neglected to develop a vision for our lives? Why are we waiting to take advantage of this powerful tool that can guide us in fulfilling our purpose in life? We have been indoctrinated since preschool to learn the basic essentials to become not only a competent citizen, but also a functioning employee. We went to school from around 8 in the mourning until 3 that day, from age 5 until 17,18 years-old. The number of hours that we spent in school equals approximately 14,000 hours total contributed from kinder-garden through 12th grade. We learned and embodied the language of employee the entire time we were in school. Just to be involved in everybody else’s business, instead of minding our own!
What happened to the dreams we have, or once had for ourselves, that have yet to become a reality; the gifts and talents that we haven’t developed yet, that “something” we have always wanted to be or do but for some reason have not been able to accomplish? The tragic thing is that many people live their whole lives without ever recognizing their visions that will guide them to the fulfillment of those dreams once pondered.
Vision creates hope in the middle of discouragement and gives you endurance in the mist of troubles. Vision inspires the depressed and motivates those that are feeling down and out. Vision is the foundation for being courageous and the gas for the engine of persistence.
When a person has vision, they can tame a lion, climb Mt. Everest, become a multi-billionaire, and do what only a few have ever done or what has never been done before! The possibilities are limitless to a person who has conquered the key principle of establishing a vision for their life and follows it feverishly until the desired result is met!
The author Dr. Myles Munroe says,
For true visionaries, the imaginary world of their visions is more real to them than the concrete reality around them. In fact, a visionary’s vision is their reality.
The most powerful force in life is the force of vision. A young man did a college paper in his economics class on his vision for overnight mail. The professor took a red pen, gave him a “C,” and wrote, “Do not dream of things that cannot happen.” The young man left school and started Federal Express. I wonder where the professor is today. Your vision determines your destiny. When you can see what is possible and believe that it can come to pass, it makes you capable of doing the impossible.
I believe with all my heart that when you have no vision, you will simply relive the past with its disappointments and failures. Therefore, vision is the key to your future. Think about what happens to some football teams that are losing the game at halftime. The players go to the locker room and meet with the coach. The coach changes certain game strategies and gives them a pep talk, telling them what they can accomplish. When they come back out, their whole attitude and perspective seems to have changed, and they win the game.
No matter where you are in life, and regardless of how old or young you are, it can be “halftime” for you. You can reassess your life’s strategies and focus on fulfilling your purpose.
The book, The Principles and Power of Vision by Dr. Myles Munroe will help you to make the necessary changes in your life so you can know how to plan for the future and stop making the same mistakes and decisions that have held you back in the past.
Dr. Munroe says,
There are many who have no vision for their lives and wonder how to obtain one. There are others who have a vision, but are stuck in the mud of confusion not knowing what to do next. Then there are those who had vision but have abandoned it because of discouragement, disillusionment, some measure of failure, or frustration. If you are in one of these categories, The Principles and Power of Vision is designed to help you understand the nature of vision, define vision, capture or recapture a personal vision, simplify your vision, and document your vision.
This book will also help you understand the principles of vision and give you the basic tools and skills needed to bring your vision into reality. You were born to achieve something great, and you were destined to make a difference in your generation. Your life is not an experiment, but a project of providence to fulfill a purpose that your generation needs.
“I therefore encourage you to believe in your daydreams and to reconnect with your passion; your vision awaits your action. Your future is not ahead of you—it lies within you. See beyond your eyes and live for the unseen. Your vision determines your destiny.” –Dr. Myles Munroe
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