Business, or no business, Jack Welch is speaking of great leaders all together. Earlier this afternoon, I was spending time the way any 7 1/2 month pregnant lady would, resting. The fatigue has me up to eyeballs in frustration, but it's better to accept the situation than pout, so instead I had a cup of coffee, and a great conversation with my mother.
She shared with me something she believe's is missing, and is keeping us held back from much greatness. Vision. A lack, more like is what keeps our "brilliant", "innovative", and essentially our "life changing" ideas, goals, and ultimately our heart's truest desires hidden from prosperity. A lack of vision allows you to never truly blossom to the potential that you are otherwise, most definitely capable of.
Maybe you don't know what I mean. Let me give you an more illustrated example.
Let's say you're brainstorming a product, how you'll afford a mission's trip, how you'll turn your child into the world's most achieved scholar, or even how you can bring peace to a messy relationship, the main thing is you have a desire to change. Change the world. Change a life. Change yourself. Change something, right? Many people know the Steve Jobs "Secret to Life" quote:
If you want change, you must strive for it. You must begin to meditate on all the various ways that you create that change. It isn't going to happen without some action. Action, as we know, causes reaction. But, dear friends, do NOT confuse productivity with activity. Just because you are doing something, doesn't mean you're doing the right thing. Just because you feel like you're accomplishing something, doesn't mean you're getting anywhere. In fact, many people simply spin their circles until they're burnt out, and ready to give up.
So, my advice is write out your vision! Write out the end results of where you hope to be by a certain time. Not only hope it, declare it! Live on that hope, have faith it will come to fruition. For faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. So even, if you can't see your whole vision, start with what you do know. Write every step in between that you believe will help you get there. Write out every pitfall that could happen if you should choose certain doors. Really, take a step back, and evaluate what your journey will look like, and what you need to do to prepare. Your journey won't be 100% exactly how you imagine. No one knows how their life will turn out, but you can be reassured you'll be closer to getting where you want by trying, than by choosing to live with complacency aka laziness. And overall will be so much easier if you spare yourself certain blockades, strongholds, and failures by preparing as much as you can.
Look to other people who have gone down similar paths, and see what their advice is. Set up lists of ways to stay inspired when you'll be drained and won't want to push forward. Create a group of people who will encourage, if not help you as well, along the way. Some who read this will probably say I sound like I'm saying "Create a Business Plan for you LIFE!"...which isn't the goal here. I don't want you to make a map of your life without consulting your creator. I'm simply impressing the fact that you are capable of making a difference, and it won't happen unless you get to work.
One of the best ways to share your true passion's with someone, is to be honest. Honestly, open your heart, and share your message. Share you convictions, your struggles, your inspiration for wanting to pursue such a difficult road. Share why it's going to make you feel so enriched, thrilled, or just ALIVE once completed. Anyone willing to listen, will be worth the time to share.
We barely have enough time to fulfill God's plan for us, why should we waste any time on dead end pursuits?
To each their own, but with strong conviction, I'll leave you with these two verses to meditate on. They may redirect your "vision".
I'd love to hear about what you'd like to change in the world!