• Does vision create perseverance?

    April 17, 2017

    This past Friday,  someone whom is sort of my mentor, Ben Richard said something that helped slap my focus back on track:   “If you have vision in your life, you can go through the pain.“

    Ben’s discussion on the concept of vision in one’s life is not necessarily the same vision that I am discussing in this blog.  His is more spiritual.

    However, to me … having vision or not having vision is often the reason why we battle through pain and achieve or we don’t.

    Like everyone, I have had many goals and dreams over the years which I did not-achieve; or worse, when I got close to achieving the end, just near the summit at the most painful part, I stopped climbing because I conned myself into believing that I was close enough.  Each time — I didn’t have strong enough vision.

    Then I think about the things I have achieved…and how important my strong vision was to each of them.

    A great example – I swam the English channel.

    What makes my swim interesting is that I was able to achieve with less than 4 months of focused swim training and no cold water training at all.  All my swims were done in the warm Mediterranean.

    I succeeded because I had clear vision of what I wanted to achieve.

    More importantly, I wanted to achieve to the point I never ever considered “what if I fail.”  My vision was so clear that it helped me endure the cold and pain.

    In business it is exactly the same.

    When I worked for my previous company, I didn’t have vision of where it was that I was going or how I was going to use my job to get there.

    One day, I woke up and quit a job that paid me nearly half a million dollars a year.  There are other factors involved in my quitting, but the key reason was because I didn’t have vision of where I was going.

    (a month or so after I quit, I went back to that company….then 6 months later ended up being pushed out because I had become a super bitch —  but a big part of my failure was because I had no vision)

    Vision gives us perseverance.

    However, maybe the concept of  “perseverance” is a topic that is so over discussed that people have just become numbed to it?

    Now a days…When things become inconveniently, painful or too time consuming our goals become less important.

    A simple example – Are you really giving it a 100% to achieve the goals you have set?

    Think about it — Do you have a vision with each goal?

    If you don’t, you might as well stop (more likely, than not half-halfheartedly) doing  whatever it is that you are doing, and figure out where exactly you want to go.

    Even though Ben was focused on the spiritual vision, I think his comment is the secret to having real sincere perseverance which allows …

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