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Creating a personal vision
By Harry Mills

To get somewhere, you must know where you are going. You need clear goals and objectives.

Goals start with a personal vision

In our own way, we are all visionaries. Each one of us has a dream of how the future might be.

"We grow great by our dreams," wrote Woodrow Wilson. "All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true. "

Your personal vision is a personal fable, a story you tell to yourself about where you hope to be. Your vision looks beyond the limitations of the present and provides you with a picture of the future.

A vision is a statement of your potential

When you create your vision, you are imagining how things might be - how they could become.

A vision has purpose

Purpose moves you in the direction of a goal or objective.

"Without purpose," write Denis Waitley and Reni L Witt, "work and life become meaningless exercises in futility & Without a sense of purpose, work becomes a prison & Without purpose, [the worker] labors but never achieves; [the worker] is constantly busy but never gets anything done. [The worker] feels pressure but never produces; [the worker] has plenty of problems but no solutions; [the worker] knows a lot of people but knows nothing of people; [the worker] has a number of irons in the fire, but they're all on the back burner; [the worker] wants to get there fast but keeps running in circles. "

Purpose gives meaning to life itself. Purpose gives meaning to our every move.

In his book The Star Thrower, Loren E Eiseley writes how one day while walking along a beach he came across thousands of starfish stranded upon the shore. A boy was picking them up, one by one, and tossing them back into the ocean. After watching the boy for a few minutes, Eiseley asked what was he doing. The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to their home, so they wouldn't die.

Eiseley then asked how saving a few could make any difference, given the thousands who were doomed. The boy picked up a starfish and as he threw it back, answered "It's going to make a lot of difference to this one."

Eiseley left the boy and returned home to continue writing, only to discover he could not type a single word. He returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish into the sea.

You must feel passionately about your vision. If it doesn't reflect your deepest desires, it will never motivate.

What motivates top performance is not the reward or the outcome but a passion for the performance itself. You must love what you do.

A vision provides focus and direction

However, think of a vision as a compass rather than a detailed road map.

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