I’m the most easily distracted person I know. For years my life was a series of random events and misguided goals. I was busy, working hard (debatably..) but I wasn’t really going anywhere. Although I can still feel like this from time to time I now live with a greater sense of focus than I ever have. How I use my time, where I spend money and even who I hang out with now filters through 12 carefully chosen words.
When it comes to churches, organisations and businesses, Having a clear vision or mission is a hot topic that gets a lot of air time. And rightly so, because leading without vision sucks. The bible teaches in Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision the people perish"
Vision is important and necessary. Without it you don’t know where you're leading people, why you’re leading people and when times get tough you want to quit.
It’s essential to have a vision for the people we lead, but what about having a vision for the way we live? We need to understand why and how we lead the way we do, but are we clear about why we get out of bed every morning?
I’m convinced having a clear personal vision or mission for your life is a game changer. I believe every person has a purpose, most of us just don’t know what ours is.
5 years ago I put pen to paper and wrote mine down.
“To help others discover who they are and what they’re living for"
It’s not pretty or clever, and it’s not the entirety of who I am and will become. But it connects with me, and keeps me motivated to do what I do.
I Believe Having a Personal Vision Keeps Us:
- Living with Focus
Having a vision creates a clear priority for the way you live your life. It helps you to be bold when you say yes and unapologetic when you say no, because you know who you are and what you’re about.
While most people are hanging out at night, I’m heading to bed. While others are sleeping in I’m up early in the morning. And I’m totally okay with that. Because being clear on why I’m here gives me focus for the way I live my life everyday.
- Feeling Fulfilled
A few years ago I was desperate for work and got a job as a chef at a kindergarten. Nothing could’ve been further from my skills or passion. I knew it wasn’t my life’s calling, but I worked hard at trying to live out my purpose while I was there. I didn’t have a leadership role and yet I learned to lead. I didn’t oversee any staff or have a team, and yet I learned to truly help people.
Having a personal vision might not change your job situation but it can change your job satisfaction. It likely won't rescue you from where you work but it can transform how you work.
- Moving Forward
Leadership is hard. What I didn’t know was that the better we get as leaders the bigger challenges we have to face.
It’s so easy to get stuck in the way we lead, but having a vision reminds us we need to keep moving forward. Good leadership is about an unending commitment to getting better at what we do and how we do it.
As it says in Phillipians 3:13-14 "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
So how do we get clear on our vision and mission in life?
Take a moment to consider these questions.
1. What are somethings you're passionate about?
2. How do you want to be remembered by others?
3. How could you make your greatest contribution to the world?
4. What’re some of your goals for the future?
5. Based on the above, What could a draft of your personal vision be?
- Dan Bolton