“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” – Helen Keller

This posting is all about having a vision to be successful. Where might we start? Let’s start here: We’re put on this earth to succeed. However you define the term, there’s no doubt we have an inbuilt, hard-wired desire to succeed. To make a difference, to make things better, to leave knowing our unique contribution altered the status quo—and for the better.

How we make those changes, the extent of them, and their impact will vary enormously; that goes without saying. But each of us is striving to improve the world around us. Some will make a huge impact, such as Jesus, Mohammed, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and John F. Kennedy. Others will likewise make a significant impact but in a very narrow field, such as Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Galileo, Jenner, and Leonardo da Vinci.

What about you? What will your contribution be? No matter how small that change, I would argue that the starting point for all is to have a clear vision or goal. One that inspires you to cut through the tangle of life, to clear a path that allows you to walk flint-faced toward making it happen.

As business coaches in Bristol and Bath, we know who are more likely to succeed. Not because we’re clever, wise, or insightful but because we can spot someone with a clear sense of purpose and vision.

The challenge for today is to start that visioning process. Ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I want to achieve in my life?” Think about it—what do you want written on your gravestone? For me, it’s “His chief delight was in doing good.” So what is your life’s purpose? When you arrive at your chosen destination, will you recognise it as the place of your dreams? Be bold, be strong, and then make it happen.

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