Published on December 12th, 2012 | by djprophetic1
4 Reasons Your Life Needs a Vision
4 Reasons Your Life Needs a Vision
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.”
― Helen Keller
We live in a very chaotic world with a lot of people dealing with real challenges. Just in the last two weeks, two NFL players died. A player for the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Brown, was killed this past Saturday while his teammate, Josh Brent, who drove the car under the influence, was charged for manslaughter. About a week ago, Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, killed his girlfriend then killed himself in front of some teammates, coaches, and staff. My heart and condolences go out to the families affected by these disheartening tragedies. It makes you wonder why do these things happen? It is by these words from the wisest men that ever lived we can gain some insight: King Solomon said “Where there is no vision the people perish.”
#1 A vision sets a goal and fulfills purpose for your life
First of all, what is vision? The dictionary defines it as: “The faculty or state of being able to see.” I like the way my friend Calvin D Brown put it, “Vision is the ability to see further than your eyes can look.” A vision comes from your life’s purpose so without a purpose you won’t have the correct vision. “When one doesn’t know the purpose of a thing, abuse of that thing is inevitable.” My mentor, Dr. Myles Munroe says, “To find purpose you have to go back to the one who created you”, just like if you have a problem with a car you have to go back to the manufacturer of that car otherwise you won’t know what to do. I dare you to go back to God and ask him what your purpose is. (At the end of this article there are some questions to help you with this)
#2 Vision helps you overcome life’s biggest challenges
After my older brother Kobby passed earlier this year, I was on the edge. The pain of his death caused me to wonder why “I’m even here on this earth. I thought to myself, what’s the point of this life if I am just born to die and why am I on earth when I can enjoy heaven like he is right now?” I love my wife, family, and friends but to be honest I was at such a low point, even they were not enough motivation for me to stay on this earth. Then one night, it hit me as I was working on a plan God had given me; this vision was the only thing that kept me motivated. It was in this moment I realized visions outlive people so we know they can outlive challenges. When we face challenges, we must remind ourselves that the vision must carry regardless of what we face.
#3 Vision will determine who your friends are
A vision creates a path for your life and determines what roads you will take, what obstacles you will overcome, and what people you will meet. The vision you have will quickly show you who believes in you or who doubts you because your vision is usually too big for you to accomplish in your own power. Vision will attract those that are like-minded and also those that are not like-minded. You will need both to succeed because there is no victory without opposition.
#4 Vision will narrow your focus and help you ignore distractions
One of the best things about having vision is that it allows you to focus. I like to define focus as the ability to blur out the good in order to concentrate on the great. A vision must have a distinct focus, just like an archer has a distinct target. If you aim for nothing, you are sure to hit nothing. The late great Zig Ziglar said, “You need to have long range goals because if you have long range goals, you treat those setbacks as pebbles on the beach, and if you don’t have long range goals they will become the whole ocean front Focus never removes distractions completely; instead it magnifies your goals and minimizes your distractions.
5 Questions to help you discover your vision
1. Who’s pain do you sympathize with the most? (The elderly, the youth, the poor, mothers, children, etc.
2. What problems do you enjoy solving?
3. What would you do for free for the rest of your life?
4. What do you hate the most? (Sickness, depression, poor health, injustice)
5. What do you spend most of your time dreaming about?
In my next article we will discuss practical steps to writing the vision.