Tuesday, January 31, 2006


What gets you bounding out of bed before the alarm clock goes off? On a cold, rainy Monday morning, after 4 hours of sleep and jetlagged into last year? What compels you to work deep into the night? What drives you to go the extra thousand miles? What sets you apart from the herd of mediocre also-rans? Your Vision. Successful people are prepared to do what unsuccessful people are not prepared to do. And the reason why they are prepared to - no - obsessed with doing it, is their purpose and their vision. Without a vision for your future, life is dull, boring, frustrating, repetitive, meaningless. Woodrow Wilson said, “No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise.”

“Without a vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29 vs18. Vision gives us focus, endurance, courage, passion and purpose. Dreams determine destiny. Imagination determines aspiration. We have a choice, every minute of every day – we can focus on the problem or the purpose, the dream or the drudgery. People who flit aimlessly from one thing to another simply haven’t discovered their purpose. They are without a vision; rudderless ships, destined to end up on the rocks. They are guaranteeing regret in their old age, when they no longer have the youth and energy to attempt great things. Two sad words will haunt them: “If only…”

Peter Drucker said, 'The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try in the pursuit of his vision.' Visionaries are bulletproof. They don’t fear making mistakes. They eagerly embrace every new opportunity to make their dreams come true. They live in faith, not fear. Anais Nin said, 'We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.' We become our vision. The greater the vision, the greater we become. Patanjali said, “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

What if you don’t yet have a clearly defined vision? Easy. Find someone who does, and hitch your wagon to their star until you’re ready. You will be infused with joy, peace and a new perspective on life.

Robin J. Elliott