I'm So Ambitious
I’m going to make it short and sweet today because I’m sure we all have better things to do on this last day on the bank holiday weekend than listening to me rant. However, I felt it important to share this passing thought before the break is over, to get people focused in the next coming weeks.
I want to talk about having vision. Not just having the ability to see, which is a basic God-given sense for many of us. I’m talking about the ability to imagine for the future, which unfortunately so few of us possess.
vision. the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.
synonyms: imagination, creativity, innovation, perception, foresight, insight, awareness, cleverness.
It probably sounds obvious right? You need vision to succeed in life. But if I was to actually ask you what your vision is for the next 1, 2 or 5 years would you be able to answer me? Not just mumble some vague idea you have for yourself but be able to tell me in a clear sentence or two what you want to achieve in this lifetime. It’s surprising how many people struggle with that question, myself included.
I wish someone had told me the importance of having vision from a younger age. I often think about how that would have affected where I am today. I wouldn’t change anything of my journey in becoming the woman I am now but looking back, I can see that I spent too much time acting without clear vision. Having a rough idea of what I wanted my life to be like seemed good enough to get me a step further but in reality it doesn't cut it. I was just wasting time, hoping that what I wanted in life would somehow semi-fall into place. But...
Having semi-vision can only lead to semi success, at best!
As teenagers and young adults, a certain amount of experimentation is important so we can learn for ourselves what we like and what we don’t like, what we stand for and what we don’t. But doing so aimlessly, without any clear direction for our futures, can carve out paths that we didn’t actually plan on travelling down. I have worked with so many people in the last 5 years who have fallen into careers that they later realise give them no real satisfaction. They just “fell” into it. Or those who have created businesses without any clear vision of what they wanted it to be - just having a go, winging it, with no real focus.
Successful people have vision and tailor all their actions towards that end goal. People talk about the power of speaking things into existence and it really works because by saying what you want out loud or on paper, gives you a higher chance of making decisions that lead you towards those targets. Personally, I feel lost, unmotivated, flat without any clear vision for myself. It’s like I’m taking steps in the dark and as a result, everything is so slow to progress because I’m only guessing and hoping.
Knowing and working on my vision feels like turning on the light - it's that ah-ha moment.
So to cut a long story short, while you take a well-deserved break (and I hope you have had a wonderful Easter and taken time to recoup) don’t forget about having that end-vision. Keep checking with yourself that you are making moves towards the things you want to accomplish in life and you are being as creative and innovative in your approach to making your vision a reality. Always store that at the forefront of your mind because it will guide every career, relationship and personal decision you make over the coming weeks, months, years.
Recreate the Look
For some inspiration on vision, check out FutureGirlCorp’s method for masterminding a vision statement, that can be used for your career or for personal development.
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