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 …