Can you see where you are going? Do you know where you are? If you don’t know where you are you have little hope of getting where you want to be. Proverbs 29:18 says, Where there is no vision, the people perish. Vision, often interchanged with purpose and mission, is unique from both. Part of 4-part recipe – vision, purpose, mission, goals – vision is the broadest of all.
Crafting a vision is about seeing a picture of something you want to exist in the future. It is a target you intend reach. Vision is about a perspective of your life, not from this point forward, but actually from the end looking back. If you lived your life the way you feel called, what would that look like? What would you like people to say about you and your life when you’re laid to rest?
Recipe for Success
Vision is an overall perspective that ultimately encompasses your purpose (who you’re called to be), your mission (what your called to do), and your goals (the specific individual accomplishments that fulfill your mission and purpose). Knowing your vision helps clarify your purpose, mission, and goals, as it provides the framework for decision making. Who you are (your being) and what you do (your doing) should fit within the confines of what you want your life to amount to. Individual goals are set based on completing the mission and fulfilling the purpose.
There are specific and measurable things you can do to determine or discover your vision. Ultimately, as a Christ-follower, your vision must come from God. He is not in the habit of playing “hide-n-seek” with regard to such things. However, He will permit you to work through the process and process always takes time. You must be patient and persistent in seeking your vision. Prayer, gathering information, and evaluating your vision are parts of the process.
Keeping Your Vision Alive
Once understood, your vision will require adjustment and regular evaluation. You have a responsibility to keep your vision alive…making sure it is from God, keeping it simple and easy to remember, and building it on solid core values. It is important to share your vision with others who can and will encourage you and aid in keeping you accountable.