Lets step back for a second here. I know I’m talking about vision in this post but I cant help but connect vision to its foundation which has to be faith! The quote that comes to mind when I think this is Hebrews 11:1 which states “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” The examples of people who had faith and ultimately a vision to change their circumstances and improve their surroundings are many! I’m talking about people like Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talk show hosts and daytime TV (I am such a big fan of hers btw). She was told at a younger age to step down from TV because she was considered unfit. Or Michael Jordan who was cut from his high school basketball team and now is recognized as a well renowned basketball mogul. Or even Thomas Edison back in the day who worked countless hours, experienced many failures but never stopped until he had created the light bulb which is now conventionally used in homes around the world. All these people were like you and I but they also had vision. A vision so true to them that very few things could stop them.
An example of vision that I have personally witnessed is in my own Mother who was given a hard life raising myself and my 3 brothers, one of which was diagnosed with autism at a young age. She separated from my dad and had to live in a foreign country with no relatives and minimal support. She knew she had to take herself to school in order to get a decent paying job and place food on the table for herself and the family. My Mother saw herself completing the RN (registered nurse) program before she even applied and although it was going to be very, very difficult, she was determined to make it into a reality. She would often tell me, as she reminisced on her life’s journey that “I don’t know what took over me, no one could stop me and neither could I. The only person I think could have stopped me was God. All I know is that I had already seen myself as a nurse, so all I had left to do was draw it into the physical and make it happen.”
My mother balanced raising the kids and sending us all to school, braiding hair occasionally for money, cooking, cleaning, studying, going to school, cleaning homes, working as a personal assistant, and growing in her faith in God among many other things. She finished her degree in 22 months (after degree program) and payed off her student loans whilst being an international student within 6 months of completing her degree! Now she is an instructor, motivator and author! This is why I describe my mother as invincible. My mother has shown me and many others the importance of having a vision in your life which led her to success.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung
1) Having a clear vision points you in the direction you want to go and drives you towards that goal. If you have no where you are going, any path will take you there. Vision narrows down your focus to what is most important meaning you must disregard other things which are not as important. This includes failures from time to time and may require getting rid of some people in your life. You ultimately must not lose focus. Focusing on the goal and implementing the right habits to achieve it reaps the results you want and makes you successful.
2) Vision helps you to become a leader in your own life and function as an example of discipline and perseverance for other people. Having a vision and a why for that vision is very inspirational to those who are without one. They see the sacrifices you make to achieve your goals and they in turn could end up creating their own visions for themselves. This is a form of legacy on your part. In other people’s lives you have become a leader and this is your success. (My mother was this person for me). Ps. if another person does not share your vision or have a vision of their own do not become frustrated and allow that to derail you from your focus. That is out of your control. Have faith that God will make everything perfect in its own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
3) Vision gives meaning and purpose in your life. I have not checked the statistics on this but I believe that those who have a vision probably deal with depression less because their time is being used in a proactive and directed way. People with a vision do not worry about the future and mellow on the past, instead they ask themselves “what I can do today to continue moving forward and continue to create the results I want to see in myself and my loved ones.” When you have a clear strong vision to become a top fashion designer, you can actually make it happen with continued faith, discipline and making decisions that favor that dream. The same goes to your walk with Christ; if your vision is to grow spiritually and make an impact, you will develop the discipline and practices to achieve that too.
Thank you so much for reading this week’s blog. I’ve been wanting to write on this topic for eons it feels (mostly thinking about writing it as I poorly sang to myself in the shower). This blog was probably the easiest for me to get out because of how natural it felt to type it, exactly how I was thinking it in my mind is how you read it. It only took just over an hour to complete and I’m proud of it. This unfortunately will be my last blog in a while because I will be steaming full force back to school for clinicals and I really would love to focus fully on my assignments and learning. Thank you for stopping by here again and I promise I’ll be back to write some more. Leave some suggestions in the comments down below on what my future topics should be on. Also give a like and subscribe to my blog for updates. I love you and stay cool ❤
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