As I was writing about learning to follow my vision last week, I realized that just as important as following a vision is how I choose to shape that vision. The shape of my vision I follow completely controls who I become. So, what factors have shaped mine?
One of my biggest characteristics is the need to make a difference and to help others. It probably shows more than I think — after all, I chose teaching as my life’s career, and I’m writing a blog trying to help people think about the choices they make in life. It’s also important to me that I not hurt other people. I know I make mistakes, and have hurt people in the past, but I never want to start out with the intent of harm or of not caring if I inflict harm.
Some of the questions I have answered as I’ve searched for my life vision are
- What legacy will I leave behind?
- What effect will I have on others and the world around me?
- Does my life have meaning and purpose?
- Am I living up to my potential?
- What does a great life really look like to me?
- Am I creating or consuming?
- When do I really feel alive?
These really helped me focus on what is important to me.
Now, I’m challenging you to ask yourself some deep questions and create your own vision — on purpose, with purpose.