Who is ready to get a little bit better? If so, say YES!! I’m always ready to get a little bit better and I’m always ready to serve YOU. It has been almost two years since I started doing these videos and blogs. I had a moment the other day; I was seeing all these different people in their element, doing their thing. You’ve got Gary V, he cusses a lot and that’s not really my thing. And there is Jen Sincero, she wrote the book, You’re A Badass at Making Money… and other Badass books… and she has her sass and that’s not really my thing. And then there are these intellectuals who are like Benjamin Hardy… break it down, research stats, spreadsheets… but not my thing to create. I love data, but I am not a creator of that kind of stuff. That’s not my thing. You know what my thing is?
I LOVE PEOPLE. I love you guys. And I actually care.
I was on a call last week and had a mastermind coming to the end of a season. There were clients that had been with me for close to five years; tears were flowing readily and none of it was superficial. Some of them, who have been clients, are now friends for life. My friends for life. If they needed me, I would show up. If I needed them, they would show up for me. I don’t have any doubt about that. Even, I mean jumping on a plane and going across the country.
That’s my thing, I LOVE PEOPLE.
And that is why I do videos and blogs. I want to see people’s lives changed and transformed. That’s completely off-script BUT you should know that YOU MATTER. Which leads me right into a good conversation – What drives you?
We all want to have vision: something that is pulling up, perhaps not even driving us, into the future. We know the power of vision, but sometimes (even oftentimes), we’re struggling with getting that vision. So the question I want to tackle today is…
How Do I Get Vision For My Life?
My answer is going to be a little bit different than you anticipate. I’m going to give you a few questions to ask yourself, to help you mine out what your vision is for the future and for yourself. Inserting a personal belief here, but I believe that when God created you, He filled you with power and potential. Literally, you were born on this planet with a purpose, a destiny, and a vision all bottled up on the inside of you. And so I don’t believe you have to make a vision or create a vision… And so you don’t have to make something out of nothing or make something up. Sometimes, you just have to discover it. Here are some questions and processes to help you do that.
I was actually reading a book by a guy named Miles Monroe and I read a statement that really shook me. How do you discover vision for your life? My answer – You already have it. It’s already in you. And here;s the quote: It’s as close to you as your most persistent thoughts and your deepest desires, deep inside of you. You already know your vision. There are some thoughts that have kept coming back to you that you forget about for a while and then it comes back and you forget it and some thought or conversation stirs it back up and no matter what they keep coming back up. THAT might be your vision. Don’t run from it; notice it, observe it, lean into it. Here’s another little frame, there are some ideas, some places, some dreams that have remained consistent with you for most of your life.
I am going to frame some questions for you because there are these things that have been consistent that have not gone away and they keep coming back to you. For those of you that are faith people, listen, God has got a vision for your life and you can’t run from it. God’s vision is going to keep coming back. It is going to be a persistent thought. You cannot escape this thought or idea, it is going to Keep Coming Back To YOU. As you think about that; isn’t it liberating, freeing that you don’t have to go out and waste hundreds of thousands of dollars going to college to find your vision? You don’t have to pay somebody thousands of dollars to help you find your vision (that’s saying something considering I am a coach). Your vision is in you.
And you can find it if you would just take some time to step back and ponder some questions.
What are YOUR most persistent thoughts? What are you always thinking about? I just transitioned, not that long ago, from a pastoral role of 25 plus years into an elder position. I transitioned into coaching full-time and that transition has taken about three years. While I was transitioning from one position to another, I knew that this was the vision, the path for my life… because it became an overwhelmingly persistent thought of how do I serve my clients, how do I add more value, how do I create more streams of revenue. It became persistent. And when it started to become a more persistent thought than the thoughts of doing what I had done as a pastor, I was thinking to myself I need to pay attention to that. And it wasn’t quick thinking, it was over a process.
SO ask yourself, What are MY most persistent thoughts?
And persistent might not mean persistent this week. It might be persistent over the last 10 or 20 years.
What are some of your deepest desires? I know these are some loaded questions. Don’t filter, don’t say what you think. Don’t say what other people want you to say, what are some of your deepest desires? What do YOU want? And be honest about that. Stop playing small and doing what you think other people want you to do or what you think you’re supposed to do. And go deeper… what have you wanted to create, what have you wanted to experience, what are the gifts that you have wanted to give to other people?
Maybe you’ve been in a career for years, maybe even decades and you’re good at the career but you have a passion that has been stifled for the same amount of years. Maybe music is your passion, maybe there is a sport of some kind, maybe it is serving other people… it could be anything. Maybe you have been doing spreadsheets for years and you just can’t take it anymore.
I just had a conversation with a friend yesterday, who is a musician, who is pursuing a career in music… and I was able to encourage her with the story of another client who came to me as a young guy. He was in his early twenties and working for a company doing social media and he was great at it. we are talking high level stuff, contracts, etc and HE was sooo good at it BUT his passion is music. And so over the course of the first six months of coaching he decided to pursue his deepest desire and move to Nashville. And I am not going to share his name, but he knows who I am talking about, I don’t talk about clients or people unless I have their permission explicitly. BUT he is going to be on the same stage as Billy Joel. He is on the same level as Billy Joel and he never would have gotten there if he didn’t listen to that deepest desire on the inside of him. That would have never propelled him into the vision for his life, inspiring, isn’t it?
Some of you need to step into somethings that you haven’t stepped into, yet. The last thing I would say: what are the ideas, plans and dreams that have remained consistent ideas (this is similar to the first question but those words can trigger you) over time? What do you keep dreaming about? What do you keep coming back to pla? What do you go back to in your journal that continues to permeate throughout your writing?
If you can take the time, you know I am a big proponent of journaling, give yourself some space because your vision is already in you. All you have to do is discover and uncover it. You don’t have to go out and find your vision.
I hope this encourages you, you were born with a destiny and a purpose. There is vision just waiting for you to fulfill it. People are counting on you to step into that vision, don’t hold back anymore. This is where you should go out there and give your greatness to the world because somebody needs what is on the inside of YOU. They need YOU to fulfill your Vision. Love you guys, have a great week!!