“Be true to yourself! Dream your own dreams, achieve your own goals. Make the journey your own unique adventure.”
When was the last time you envisioned, imagined or dreamed of something amazing? A clear vision is the starting point to attaining anything. Vision is the act or power of seeing. It is also the act or power of imagination. Vision is a necessary sense required to keep moving forward. Moving forward should always be the goal.
We imagine many things throughout our lifetime. When we are little we use our imagination almost every day. Unfortunately, as we grow older, many of us stop imagining. You may see the decline as normal. It is anything but normal. The power to see and imagine are God given senses that He expects us to use every day. Sadly when we fail to use our sense of vision and imagination our ability to see grows dim. And over time we forget how to use the muscles of vision and imagination.
As children many of us had big dreams. We had lofty, yet very attainable, goals. We believed and imagined we could do and be almost anything.
When was the last time you dreamt of something big?
Have you found yourself comfortable yet uncomfortable lately?
Could it be the case that you have spent your entire life doing what was safe? Have you taken the safe, practical, easy path only to be left with the nagging feeling that there is more to life? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it is time… It is time to envision again, dream again. It is time to use BIG imagination.
Will you take the challenge with me? This week sit for five minutes each day and simply imagine. Close your eyes and imagine possibilities. Imagine bigger, better, fuller, happier life. Imagine living life on purpose…with purpose!
Vision coupled with imagination… is moving forward.
– Maya Angelou
If you read my last post you may be pondering. How to deal with the question, what should I do now? You have come to accept that where you are is where you are supposed to be. You have also come to the realization that where you are is not where you want to be.
“Now what?” you ask. That is a good question. Let me first say that realization is a great first step. Awareness is so critical for all aspects of life. Here is what to do next. Keep It Moving…Forward. I can feel the cyber response, but what if I am not moving at all? Or, I don’t know which direction to go.
The good news is that you are not alone. We have all been there at some point, or many points, in our lives. I will share a little of what my coach once told me. I was facing major life changing decisions. At the time, I desired to be in a position where I could flow out of purpose. I was afraid to move forward, afraid to stand still and afraid to make a mistake. I was so full of fear that I was paralyzed. “Can I share something with you?” she asked. “Yes,” I replied. She began by saying; everybody is muddling their way through. We are all grasping, trial and error, a little of this and a little of that. She finished by sharing with me how important it is to know that no one person has it all figured out.
It is the trial that builds our tenacity muscles and it is the error that develops and grows our wisdom. Each time we are courageous enough to try we get stronger. We become less apprehensive about taking on a new challenge. And likewise, every time we fail we learn something powerful and profitable for our future.
You see, success is not defined by how many times you try or how many times you fail. Success is defined simply by the fact that you tried and you either succeeded or you failed. No matter the outcome you are a winner. You are a winner because you gain from every experience. Success will involve some failures… Just make sure you are failing forward.
On your pursuit for purpose, passion and fulfillment you will have many opportunities to stop. You will also have many opportunities to keep moving forward. I would like to encourage you to by-pass all of the ‘stop’ opportunities. Pursue every opportunity to keep moving forward.