Your vision is the knowledge of your purpose; a realization of your reason for being. It’s the comprehension of who you really are.
Vision in this context is different from sight – the ability to see. It’s possible to have sight and not a vision. There are visually-impaired people who have compelling visions and there are people who can see with their physical eyes but have no vision.
Your vision is a positive reflection of your purpose. The creator intended that his creation would make a positive difference. To this end, your vision should positively contribute to humanity to be worthwhile.
Like your DNA, your vision is unique to you. It is therefore shortchanging to copy somebody else’s reason for being. The best you can be is you, not anybody else.
The accomplishment of your vision is your most desirable achievement. This is what would give you the highest level of satisfaction.
This is dependent on the belief you hold on the source of creation. For those that believe God is the Creator of the universe (humans, other living and non-living things) as I do, vision is God-given.
If you hold this belief, you will agree that visions are God-given. After all, it’s expected that a creator would have a purpose in mind for his creation. It’s the understanding (by the created being) of the purpose for creation that is called a vision.
Vision is important for many reasons, these include:
- It provides focus
One key attribute of vision is that it keeps you focused. You have something in mind that acts as a guide.
On the contrary, focus has no meaning to someone without an understanding of his reason for being.
- It guides action
To a great extent, knowing your reason for being determines what you do. Better still, the accomplishment of your vision is predicated on what you do. When you know your essence / purpose, the next thing is to decide what to do to achieve that purpose.
What you realize when you have a vision is that you can’t do just anything. The Book of Proverbs chapter 29 verse 18 says, “Where there is no revelation (vision), the people cast off restraint” meaning in the absence of vision, you lack the discipline needed to achieve anything meaningful.
I often use the analogy of a pregnant woman in explaining how vision guides human action. When a woman knows she’s pregnant, she naturally avoids activities that will jeopardize her expectation of becoming a joyful mother.
- It energizes
You feel strongest when acting in line with your vision. In essence, the pursuit of your raison d’etre makes the highest energy available to you.
It’s a good advice that you pay attention to the activities that you feel strong when performing. They may just be a clue to your purpose.
- It fosters creativity
Before you can create anything of value, you must first envision it. It is virtually impossible to create what you cannot see in your mind’s eye. Therefore, one key attribute of vision is that it enhances creativity.
Strength of Vision
Another translation of Proverbs 29 verse 18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” The strength of your vision lies in the fact that it is life-giving. This explains why it energizes. You never seem to get tired when acting in line with your purpose.
One last point, the accomplishment of your vision is not automatic. You must act on your vision to make it a reality. To act on your vision therefore, you need courage. When you courageously act on your vision, you give it the power for accomplishment of your purpose.