Last week, I shared about how you can find your life’s purpose by going through a personal vision discovery process. If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, you can find it here. It’s a great way to start thinking about this subject.
The question I usually get after talking about personal vision is “Why? Why is it important to discover your personal vision?”
I’m going to answer this question with two more questions:
- Do you feel fulfilled in your life right now?
- Are people inspired by you consistently?
If you are like me, the answer to that question is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer. It’s more complex. There are some areas where I feel fulfilled and other areas where I don’t. At times I think I inspire or motivate others but there are also moments where I fall short.
So this is the reason it’s important. Your personal vision gives you insight into why: why you don’t consistently feel fulfilled and why you don’t consistently inspire others.
Before I explain more, let me share my personal vision statement:
To equip leaders to become the best versions of themselves.
My purpose in this world is to help people maximize their potential. To help provide them with the tools and resources they need to accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Let’s get back to those questions.
Question #1: Do I feel fulfilled in life right now?
Simon Sinek remarks, “Happiness comes from what we do. Fulfillment comes from why we do it.” Your “why” is your personal vision. When you understand your personal vision, you now have the goal or destination of your life. The next step is to create avenues in both your personal and professional life to live out your personal vision.
I have found this to be true in my own life. The seasons of life where I am helping others maximize their potential are the seasons where I feel the most fulfilled. And the moments where I don’t feel fulfilled are the ones where the busyness of life gets in the way and I don’t prioritize my personal vision.
The more opportunities you have to live out your personal vision the more fulfilled you will be.
Question #2: Do I inspire others consistently?
The reason we struggle to inspire or motivate others is because we are not inspired. You have to inspire yourself before you can inspire others.
Your personal vision serves as the fuel for inspiration.
Your goal each day is to live out your personal vision by competing against yourself (not others). Work to become the best version of yourself (not someone else) with the resources that you have been given.
When you compete against yourself, it gives you the platform to take the next step which is inspiring others.
How do you inspire others? You share your personal vision with them and invite them to join you on the journey. This is basically Leadership 101. You inspire and influence others so that they can become the best version of themselves. As Simon Sinek says, “The goal is not simply for you to cross the finish line, but to see how many people you can inspire to run with you.”
- How can you live out your personal vision? What are some avenues or areas in your life that will help you accomplish your personal vision?
- Who do you need to invite to join you on the journey? Who can you invest in and help them become the best version of themselves?