"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:13
The importance of vision has been talked about for a long, long time, as evidenced from the quote above. And I'm not going to quote the oft-quoted statistics about the importance of having written goals, or of creating a compelling vision for your life.
What I am going to talk about today is the way that creating a vision allows you to try on different things. The beauty of creating a vision for your life is the opportunity to really think through what I believe is one of the most important questions that someone can ask themselves:
When I'm at the end of my life, who do I want to have been?
Note that I don't ask it as: "who do I want to be?" The reason is pretty simple - it's often in taking the long view of our lives that we can truly see what is important and what isn't.
For example, for the answer to "who do I want to be?", the concept of being a millionaire jet-setter might sound like it'd be a good deal more fun than what I'm doing right now. But looking back at my life from the future, it becomes a little easier to see that that's not exactly what I'd like my life to be about.
Similarly, while today I might not exactly feel like living a life of service to my fellow man, that seems a bit more important when taking the long view. (I'll post more on this in the coming weeks)
So, I ask today: what do you want your life do be when you look back on it from the end? What do you stand for? And what is your vision for who is around you, how you feel about yourself, and what you have accomplished?