What’s your goal or your vision? What is guiding the things you choose to do and the direction you move towards everyday?
I greatly admire the work of American author and speaker Simon Sinek. Reading his seminal work “Start With Why” has been a game-changer for me in beginning to understand the answers to the questions above. A few months ago, I watched a YouTube in which he began by saying:
“My name is Simon Sinek and I have a clear vision of what I want to build in the world.”
He then went on to explain the short but very focused vision of what he wants to achieve with his life.
What a powerful statement! To have a clear picture of what it is that you were put on this earth to do. A lens through which to view the world and make important decisions about what to say yes to and what to decline. And that key word – BUILD – recognising that we are born to create better things. Enabling and empowering!
Yet on reflection at the time, I honestly couldn’t say the same thing.
So I have been spending time working on a similar statement for myself. I’m not sure that I am quite there yet, but the journey is certainly interesting. It’s helping me to understand how to be most effective where I am and to focus my energy on the direction that I’m heading.
As a Christian, I am guided by my faith and as such am certain that we were all created for a unique purpose. That none of this is by accident and that our journey through life is about finding out what that purpose is. Then having found our purpose, living it out to make the world better. Sounds a bit lofty? Maybe, but as Nelson Mandela said:
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Well that right there is the life that I want to live – to look back in years to come knowing that I did all that I was created to do.
So let’s aim high. Let’s do the work to uncover the life that we are capable of living, whatever our circumstances. So that we can each say with confidence:
“I have a clear vision of what I want to build with my life…”.