If you’re like me, you have all these big aspirational goals and visions in your head of what you want your life to be.
These goals are clear-cut and motivating on paper. Buuuuut then life happens. Responsibilities, commitments, debt.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the freedom and flexibility yet to build a writing cabin in the woods so I can write my novel.
I have to find ways to do it in between two full-time jobs, time spent with loved ones, and a side business.
Things come up. Some of them truly important, others that feel important at the time. Everything and everyone around is vying for your attention and energy. So there your vision of the future sits, in dream status.
How many dreams of a better tomorrow exist only in people’s heads?
But if you are reading this, I know you have a desire to be more. You want to make change in, not only yourself, but the world.
You here the phrase, ‘life is a marathon, not a sprint’ but that leaves an important piece out:
Life is a marathon where at the finish line, you die. Morbid, I know, but vital. (Pun intended)
We can’t just jog our way through life.
Sure, we are making progress and doing important things, but are we giving it our all on what’s important to us?
Vision is longterm thinking, but lived on a daily basis.
Vision is not fixed. Your future desires can change and improve as you grow and expand into a better person.
Write and Read your goals everyday
Keeping your vision in your mind will paint how you see the world. Everything you do will be viewed through the lense of how to make your goals happen. Opportunities and ideas will be abundant.
Hone your vision by honing yourself
Read. A lot. Learn from people if different circumstances and walks of life from you. Study the greats. Craft your vision of your future around what has worked for others before.
Make small, yet bold moves towards that future every day.
We make think on our past experience and have our thoughts towards a better tomorrow, but the vision of what can be happens in the actions of our today. What we do in the present not only defines how we feel about our past going forward, but creates the future we all desire. I’ve said it a million times, and will say it a million more until everyone in the universe hears it — Small action leads to big change. Take bold moves towards your future every opportunity you can today.
Whatever obstacles and pain you’ve faced in the past, your future is determined but what you do in this very moment. You have the opportunity to write your own story.
Remember, dreams don’t just happen, they are made. And ‘future’ ‘vision’ are words that elicit powerful emotions and motivations, but your future lies in your today. Getting things right today and the next today, compounds into a life where your vision is a reality.
— Josh Waggoner
Ryan Holiday, 2007 The Business of Running:
“You run to define yourself, and when you allow a short term challenge to alter your pace and long term strategy, you’ve just been defined by someone else.”