You don’t need a Vision for life (but it can be very helpful!)

Written by Arno Jansen
Let’s untangle the mystery surrounding a key element in your journey of self-discovery and success: Vision.
In particular, what is or isn’t a vision. And more importantly: do you really need one?
Of course, the answer is: It depends…. so let’s dive right in, shall we?
Close your eyes for a moment and picture a starry night. There it is, shining brightly in the vast expanse—the North Star. (well, only if you image being on the Northern hemisphere of course).
Now, think of your vision in the same way. It’s not a destination; it’s about having a constant guide, a beacon that illuminates your path.
Your vision is the why behind your journey. Why are you doing what you do? What impact do you want to make? Unlike a destination, a vision is more about the journey itself. It gives you a sense of direction. It’s the essence of your aspirations, the core of your dreams. It’s that magnetic force that keeps you moving forward, even when the road gets bumpy.
Even if you don’t have a crystal clear vision for yourself, having any sense of direction, helps you better understand what to say no to.
Now, let’s address a burning question: Do you really need a vision? The answer is, of course, a nuanced dance between yes and no.
Yes, having a vision can be your compass when you’re lost in the fog of uncertainty. When you feel stuck, any direction helps you get moving away from the stuckness you’re in. It does not have to be anything grandiose, even deciding to learn a new skill, or explore a new technique in your work or hobby, can boost your mood and motivation.
It’s like a guiding light, showing you the way when you’re unsure. Some people are wired with a desire to achieve something big; they have an inner vision, but putting it into words can clarify it for themselves and those around them. Articulating your thoughts, ideas and indeed, your vision, adds clarity.
However, a grandiose vision is not a prerequisite for a happy life. There is a profound truth in the phrase: “it’s about the journey, not the destination”. Today is the only reality we have. If you find joy in today, look forward to tomorrow, and have plans to savor, a lofty vision might not be essential for you.
In essence, a vision is a powerful tool, but it’s not a mandatory accessory for a fulfilling life. Whether you’re sketching a detailed map or enjoying the spontaneity of the present, the key is to find the balance that resonates with your unique rhythm.
Like any great symphony, your journey needs harmony. Your vision can set the tone for that harmony. Don’t let the pursuit of external benchmarks drown out the hum of your internal drive though.
It’s about finding that balance—a symphony that resonates with your passion and purpose.
As you march forward, keep asking yourself: Is my vision in harmony with my authentic self? If not, it might be time to tweak the notes, adjust the tempo, and create a melody that truly sings to your soul. Show up as yourself as much as you can.
In the grand ballroom of life, your vision is your dance partner. Let it lead, and follow in rhythmic harmony. The journey isn’t about reaching a destination; it’s about finding ways to savor the steps, the twirls, and the leaps.
So, please remember, that a vision is not the same as a goal. You may never quite reach the summit of your aspirations, its the dance itself where the real magic happens.

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