We all have dreams of how we want our lives to unfold. Thoughts about the things we want to accomplish and the kind of person we want to become fill our heads during idle time. In this article, Inner Matrix Systems provides insight into the purpose and value of creating a vision and lays out a process for turning it into a reality.
Why is vision important
Naming your vision is paramount in living a fulfilled life. Although it may sound romantic to just “go with the flow,” often moving through life with no direction can lead us to places we don’t want to be. Vision is important for 3 main reasons.
1. It provides context
Without vision, we simply do what we “feel” like. If you have a vision for a fulfilling and successful career, you’ll decide to get up and go to work, even on mornings you’d rather not. If you have a vision for a connected and deep relationship, you’ll refrain from cheating on your spouse. Vision serves as the north star, so we’re able to make informed decisions.
2. Vision Wakes You Up/Lights You Up
We’ve all fallen into the doldrums of life at times, feeling like we’re just going through the motions of mundane existence. Vision serves as a reminder of our greater purpose in life and provides a way to jump-start inspiration and our “why” for living. Without vision, it’s easy to fall into monotony.
3. Vision gives us something to focus on
If we don’t have a target, there is nothing to aim at. When we go through life with no direction or plan, we simply just do what’s in front of us, which may not end well. Vision ensures we’re moving towards something and allows us to measure our progress along the way.
How to name a vision for yourself
The answer here is simpler than you might think. So many people spend a ton of time searching for their “purpose” in life. The secret is; you have no predestined purpose. Your purpose is simply what you choose for yourself. If you feel uncomfortable naming a big vision for yourself, start with an emotion you’d like to feel. “My vision is peace,” “My vision is love.” The important thing here is to name something and not to get stuck in the “what if I choose wrong” camp. There is no wrong vision. Simply name something so that you’re able to move towards it.
Once you have named your vision and some outcomes you’d like to create, the next step is to align your emotions with your vision. Envision what emotions you will feel when you achieve your vision. Emotions provide the fuel needed to power you to move towards the outcomes you’d like to create.
Why do people fail at creating a vision?
There are really only a few reasons we fail to create our vision.
1. We don’t name a Vision to begin with
If you don’t name a vision, you won’t fulfill it; simple as that.
2. We don’t believe our Vision is possible
Belief is a choice. If you don’t believe the vision you’ve named for yourself is possible, it simply isn’t. Not because it actually isn’t possible, but because you believe it isn’t.
3. We give up
As soon as you stop pursuing your vision, it will never happen. The only way you fail is by giving up.
Once you’ve named a Vision for yourself and aligned your emotions with it, the next step is naming some possible benchmarks that will move you towards the vision. The important thing to remember is that you most likely won’t achieve your vision the way you think you will even with the most organized and strategic plan. So, it’s important to remain flexible to the many opportunities that may arise in pursuit of your vision. Focus on your vision every day, several times per day, and confirm your emotions are aligned. You’ll begin to discover opportunities that will lead you towards the Vision and outcomes you’ve named.
About Inner Matrix Systems
Inner Matrix Systems, based in Denver, is a personal mastery training system for high achievers. For more than twenty years, IMS has delivered a proprietary methodology that rewires, trains, and aligns the nervous system, emotions, and thought strategies to create real-life results. CEO Joey Klein and IMS have worked with more than 80,000 individuals from around the world through both live and online training programs, as well as one-on-one coaching. Clients have included: Boeing, IBM, Dell, Google, Panda Express, Coca Cola and The World Health Organization. Joey is the author of The Inner Matrix: Leveraging the Art & Science of Personal Mastery to Create Real Life Results.