Without vision it’s honestly hard to accomplish anything in your life. You must have vision to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
vi•sion – (viZHən)
- the faculty or state of being able to see
- an experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition
- a plan to execute for a specific purpose
Let’s talk about the third definition for a minute; a plan to execute for a specific purpose. To have a vision you’ve got to have a specific purpose, or a mission statement. Before any business or hobby is started you have to sit down and define your vision otherwise you’ll be spinning your wheels. A good business always has a very specific vision and mission statement.
To me having a vision keeps me on top of my game. I can use it as a guideline to keep me in check and to make sure I’m accomplishing what I set out to do for that day. I’ve tried to start a project many times before without a vision and inevitably it failed every time.
The whole idea of vision is very important to me in my line of work. I work in the IT field for my 9-5 job and in my off hours I design websites and write/record music. Whenever I design a website for someone it’s imperative that I’ve captured their vision before I do anything else. If they don’t have one, I’ll sit down with them and help them write it out on paper. It’s not good enough to have a vision in your head, you must get it down on paper. After doing that I’ll take it to the computer and lay out the plan. Once we agree on the vision, we can move forward with the project. Otherwise, I would be wasting my time trying to please the customer since I would be relying on my vision instead of theirs.
Overall I think having a vision is probably one of the most important things in life when it comes to being successful. You basically just can’t be successful if you don’t have a vision. Any millionaire/billionaire will tell you that their day starts of with a to-do list, which is like a vision for that day. Always take time every day to map out what your plan is, otherwise, you’ll be like that ship without a captain with nowhere to go.
Let’s end with a couple of very powerful quotes about vision:
“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”
― Helen Keller
“Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn vision into reality. Great leaders create more leaders, not followers. Great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own.”
― Roy T. Bennett