Could you imagine being born blind? What if you never saw anything? Concepts as simple as “green means go” mean nothing to you. Not knowing what your parents look like or you significant other, or even yourself? Not being able to identify objects or never able to see what beautiful or perfection looks like. I guess if you were born blind, that although it would be difficult at first, you could train yourself because you wouldn’t know what is was like to see. But imagine if you were born with perfect vision and then all of a sudden without reason one day you woke up and couldn’t see anymore. How paralyzing would that be? How dark would the darkness be then if at one point you knew what light was? It would be challenging, depressing, and may even feel like it is too much for you to handle.
Maybe you’ve just graduated college and now you don’t know what to do. Maybe you’re in school and you’re struggling to find motivation to complete assignments. The word motivate comes from the Latin word “movere” which means to move, stir or agitate. What agitates you to get out of bed in the morning? What moves you to start taking action in your life? What stirs your soul and aggravates your spirit? It you do not have vision you will perish! You will be mediocre.
I’ve been studying a great people of history and successful people of our generation and they all were just like everyone else. Just like you. Having a “quarter-life crisis”, trying to figure out what they should do with their life. And then one day they had a vision. And they’re vision motivated them. It helped them take that first step. It helped them disciplined themselves. It got them out of crisis and into conviction.
Even a GPS system, which uses state of the art technology, needs a destination before it can navigate. Do you really expect to get out of your crisis without a destination? T.E. Lawrence said, “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” Do yourself a favor: Go grab a pen and a piece of paper write down your vision. In details, with specifics. Where do you want to be? Whom do you want to be with? What do you want to be doing? What are you passionate about? Don’t be afraid to have a big vision either. Something that will change the world, change the way we think about society, change the way we approach life. Something that will require everything in your very being to be accomplished. I only have one small request as you write down your vision: If your vision isn’t so phenomenal that you can’t even think about it without smiling, so worthwhile that you think everybody should be doing it and so big that it scares you, then cross it out and GET A BIGGER VISION! Otherwise you’ll wake up tomorrow still in darkness.