**VISION FOR MISSION**
_If you can’t see beyond your nose, you obviously will not see far let alone travel far._
Vision is critically important to you
and your mission in life because it is a correct vision that gives credence and
the proper direction to a successful mission that is rewarding and fulfilling.
If you don’t have vision, you are blind to your destiny.
Having no vision at all or having a
wrong vision will always give rise to a wrong mission. A mission based on a
wrong vision or no vision gives no satisfaction to the soul and feels like work
which one forces himself to accomplish. It is frustrating and doomed to crash
irrespective of seeming initial success or financial and material gains made
along the way. Bernard Malamud captures this instance when he says,
“If your train’s
on the wrong track, every station you come to is the wrong station.”
It is therefore very important
to discover your vision before embarking on the crucial mission of fulfilling
your life’s destiny to avoid wastages in time, energy and other resources.
What is Vision?
Vision is a revelation
of the particular area of human endeavour you are called to serve in and
better. Vision is also a discovery of your assignment on earth, the reason why
you were created. It is like the reading of a compass pointing out the
direction of your mission on earth.
Vision is the key to
unlocking your destiny in life. Without a doubt, vision is key to your mission
in life. In fact, it is the only key to the door of an accomplished life, your
ultimate mission. The quote below by an anonymous source emphasizes the importance
of vision in a man’s life;
“There are two
great moments in life. The first is when you are born. The second is when you
discover why you were born.”
Woodrow Wilson also said this of vision
and its critical importance in the life of an individual;
“No man that
does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high
Mission on the other
hand, is the pursuit of your vision in the direction of your destiny. It is the
journey, the chase; it is your life. Your life is your ‘missionary’ journey on
How you go about fulfilling
your mission is entirely up to you. You alone will determine the feats you
achieve and the level of your success. However, it is important to incorporate
a high level of moral integrity and sound ethics in fulfilling your mission and
that of course, it is also based on your true vision.
When you are pursuing
your mission on the right vision, you will experience joy, unbounded energy
levels, and peace. You become highly creative, focused and infused with
momentum. This does not however mean that the journey will always be smooth and
without hassles on the way; but on the whole, you will be happy. The
combination of the right vision and mission is captivating despite the
inconveniences that will naturally occur along the way and there is every
possibility for a resounding success.
However, being on a
wrong mission obviously predicated on an equally wrong vision or no vision has
diametrically opposite effects and experiences to a mission on a correct
vision. Basically, it kills! Maybe not physically but definitely spiritually.
It is true spiritual death because it leads to failure and frustration as
mentioned previously, and it is also unfulfilling. Even a portion of the Bible
says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
So, if you find yourself
in the above situation, feeling unwell with your life, your best option is to
locate your true vision and pursue it rightly in the mission of your life as
required of you. Note what the saying below admonishes;
“If you discover
you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
Dakota Tribal Saying
The critical question at this time is,
how does one discover his vision? This is not an entirely easy question to
answer for another person. However, you should know that you are a spiritual
being because your true essence is spirit. You are also highly spiritual as
anyone can be. As Charles Haanel said,
“You have the
same potential ability as anyone that has ever lived or will ever live.”
You also have
direct access, anytime, to the Universal Being.
The first suggestion I will give to
anyone truly seeking answers as to the direction their life will assume is
this; ask your Maker wholeheartedly and reverently await answers in strong
faith. The answer could come to you in a variety of ways, only you can be
certain of it. This how author Cherie Carter-Scott, claims to have gotten
answers to her search for direction in life.
Secondly, keen interest combined with an
intense passion for a particular field of human endeavour is usually sufficient
to discovering one’s purpose in life. Passion is a very powerful human tool as
you’ll soon see in the Chapter ‘GET
PASSION FOR ACTION’ and can be the single determinant of your vocation.
Passion is raw energy that can be channeled into any endeavour and will
overcome any obstacle in its path when used properly. Mike Murdock says of passion
and its capability to determine destiny.
passion and zeal in you is a clue to revealing your destiny. What you love is a
clue to something you contain.”
Thirdly, your natural talent is a very crucial
factor that can also determine your vocation if you want to make it so, if you
also have the passion for it. This is a very important factor for some career
paths that necessarily require natural ability such as singing, painting, the
sports e.t.c. Passion alone may not be enough to guarantee remarkable success
without some natural ability in this case. Having the natural inclination will
save considerable time and other resources in achieving success.
It is important to note that discovering your vision
sometimes could raise doubts and confusion as to how to go about fulfilling
your mission. Cherie Carter-Scott whom I mentioned earlier received answers to
her prayers for direction in life also confesses to being sad and depressed
after receiving them. This could occur when one realizes that the task and
journey ahead of them far exceeds their natural capacity to cope. At such
times, the natural solution is to go within again and direct your concerns to
the One, the Almighty, who has given you the task and is also able to grant you
the strength and grace and all you need to thrive and succeed.
It is also important to also note that irrespective
of your present position as regards fulfilling the ultimate destiny of your
life, it is never too late to get on the right track and begin the journey to a
rewarding and fulfilled destiny. You will come to discover that fulfillment and
happiness is in the pursuit of your aspirations not actually reaching and
Earl Nightingale says,
“You are at this
moment, standing right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamond.’”
And John Mason says, “Your big opportunity is right where you are now.”
Vision and mission are
not only relevant to individuals; they also factor considerably in business.
Globally, major successful corporations have vision and mission statements. A
lot of resources go into creating them and in getting the people who work with
business having vision and mission statements, to identify with them. It is
smart business practice. James Collins in his book Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning your business into an enduringly great
company, notes that organizations with grand universal goals perform far
better than their competitors by a factor of 10.
A study of some highly successful business leaders
around the globe revealed that none of them was a classic workaholic, enslaved
by work but compelled to do it anyway. Rather they were ‘workaphiles’ i.e
people who loved the work they did. This is a clear example of people who
pursued their mission rightly based on a true vision and it subsequently
brought about success.
Charles Garfield says,
are people who are committed to a compelling mission. It is very clear that
they care deeply about what they do and their efforts, energies and enthusiasm
are traceable back to that mission.”
K. Hildebrand added,
“Successful lives are motivated by dynamic
It is therefore
critical that you truly discover your ministry, the specific area of human
calling that you were created to better and advance. It is also important that
you give it your best and your all so as to create an experience for yourself
that is worthy of the life you have been given.
Here is now the difference between a
dream and a vision. While a vision will tell you what you are supposed to do in
life to find fulfillment, a dream determines the reach of your vision in your
mission and the extent of your overall accomplishment in life.
“You are not
free until you actively pursue and have been made captive by your supreme
mission in life.”
“It’s a poor disgraceful thing not to be able to
reply, with some certain degree of certainty, to the simple questions, what
will you be? What will you do?”