Goals vs Visions
What’s the difference between goals and visions?
Each of those probably has lots of different words to describe them, but I think it’s important to understand what each one is.
A goal is something that’s specific. Something you’ll know when you get there. Losing ten pounds, making X amount of money per month, being in a relationship.
These are all things that you KNOW if you have them, and you KNOW if you don’t.
Visions, on the other hand, are much more hard to pin down.
You can think of goals as certain and specific places. Visions, on the other hand, are more like directions.
Of course, the right goals will support you in your visions. Losing weight can certainly be proof that you’re on the right path to a “healthy lifestyle,” which is much harder to define.
And just as important as it is to have goals, it’s even more important to have visions.
If you think of the most successful people you have ever heard of, they got where they are because they had visions they stuck to. Usually for decades.
Great inventors usually keep inventing stuff because of their visions, rather than their individual goals.
Ultra wealthy business people get there not because they have a specific goal of making a million dollars, but because they have a broad vision to keep creating things that people will gladly pay for.
Take Bill Gates for example. Before he was the richest nerd on the planet, he was an entrepreneur. When he was still a teenager, he was already finding ways to make and sell stuff.
He sold the idea of Windows to BEFORE he created it. That’s how much he believed in his Vision.
The truth of success in life is pretty simple.
Choose a vision. A powerful vision that will guide you for most of your life. Get started, and no matter what happens, never, ever give up.
Most people don’t have any kind of a vision, other than make it through the next couple weeks.
The few people that DO have visions, rarely get started, or rarely think of them as more than wishes.
But when you take your vision, and make it your overriding purpose in life, something will happen.
People will notice something “different” about you. You won’t be like the billions of other aimless souls wandering the Earth waiting to be told what to do.
You will have a true purpose in life. Something that comes through the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you look at people.
This will make you stand out in a room filled with average folks. So much that people will look at you and think, “I don’t know who that is or what they’re doing, but I’d like to help.”
This is what happens when you create a vision, and the powerful frame to wrap around it.
In the coaching and counseling worlds we say…”reframe…rethink…ACTION…PURPOSEFUL ACTION!”