Imagine the shock and awe of the turret guns ripping loose. The sounds of screams, bombs, and gun fire fill the air. The smell of the salt water and gun powder burns your nose. The spray of the ocean has soaked your uniform as your boat rushes full speed toward the unseen shore line. The boat runs ashore and the door opens! What are you going to do next?
This is the importance of Vision. That fateful day on the beaches of Normandy was filled with vision. You may not be facing down the gun fire of a German soldier, but not knowing how to react in any situation can be just as deadly.
Vision is a fundamental value held down deep inside of your conscious. When faced with adversity your body will react according to deepest held values. Without a vision for where you want to be, you won’t know how to react.
You may be familiar with the concept of life planning. Michael Hyatt has a great post on it here. The importance of having a vision for your life and mapping out the course is often unparalleled. Look at some of the most influential leaders in the world and their vision for life. John Maxwell took Paul Meyer’s Course, Lou Holtz read The Magic of Thinking Big, and Michael Hyatt was so moved by Daniel Harkavy, that he decided to create his own Life Plan. Even Jesus of Nazareth had a vision for his life. He knew exactly what would happen to him and what purpose he’d serve long before he served it.
Having a vision for your life offers the following:
Unity – When others around you know and understand your vision for life, they can help you work toward it. Just as it took all 156,000 soldiers committing to one vision in order to take the beaches of Normandy, so to will it take numerous people in your life committing in some ways to unity in order to help you achieve your vision for life.
Purpose – Having a vision for life gives you purpose every day. Knowing where you are going and where you want to be fills your life with direction and gives each task meaning.
Drive – When a boxer trains for a big match he is focused on the vision he has for the fight. How will he perform? How will it end? Having a vision for life makes your dreams real. Once you come to the reality that you can achieve your dreams, you now must fight for them. You must persevere, otherwise they will vanish.
Passion – Creating a vision for your life is like creating a road map to your dreams. It is a practice of identifying and solidifying the things in life that are most important to you. Knowing what is important to you is key to filling your life with passion. As long as you are focusing on things that are pleasing to you in your life, you will be filled with passion every day.
If you fail to plan, you have planned to fail. Not having a vision for your life is like trying to find your way through the woods, turning right, then left, then right again in your life ultimately leading yourself nowhere. You’ll wake up one day in old age and find yourself completely lost.
For those of you who have a Life Plan in place, how has it served you thus far?