In the last article, The Pursuit Of Being Alive Pt I we looked at how easy it is to feel trapped and lose our vision. You don’t have to achieve all your goals to be fulfilled and feel purpose, you just need to be moving in the right direction. In this article we will look at how to get the vision back if you have lost it, and why it is important to do this.
The first thing we’ll do is look at how tight we should hold on to the dreams we have held. For example, when I was a kid I wanted to be a rock star. Looking back, I still believe it could have happened. I made a couple of decisions which took me off that track as other paths opened up. I now have an amazing wife and two amazing kids that I would not have had I stayed the course. Would I give up what I have now for that dream of young adulthood? No. Not for a moment. How many things would we lose if we would have taken an alternate path?
The second thing we will do is look at how far away we are from achieving our (realistic) dreams. Being a rock star isn’t realistic to me any more. Truth be told, I wouldn’t want it now anyway. I am too attached to my little house in the woods and living the quiet life. I have new dreams now. What is it you want to do? How long could it be until you get there? What is the first step? Remember, it is important to be moving in the right direction and seeing steps achieved along the way. Simply working towards your vision you will bring hope and purpose.
Finally, think about what it will look like when you have achieved your goal. I wrote about this in an article a while back: Are You Setting the Right Goals? What is it you want to achieve, and why? What are the things holding you back? You may feel lost, but you’re not. You just need to gather your bearings a little.
Here are the three takeaways for today:
1 – You may live with regrets of what might have been, and you may have to live with the consequences of less than inspired decisions. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t still have purpose and value. The past does not dictate your future. The decisions you make today do.
2 – Where would you like to be in 5, 10, or 20 years from now? Or even just one year, 6 months, or 3 months? Your goals don’t have to be 10-year goals to have purpose and value. You may even choose a daily goal as part of a bigger picture.
3 – You may not know how to get to the end result right now, and life tends to bring new adventures and tangents. But what is the first step, and what is stopping you from taking it? If nothing, then step into the void. If something is stopping you, what do you need to help you take that first step?
Your goals may have changed, and some of what you once wanted to achieve may not be realistic anymore. That doesn’t mean you cannot still have value, purpose, and achieve goals you are passionate about.
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