A vision is simply a mental conception of a goal—perhaps a dream that is tugging at one’s heart, or maybe an idea inspired by someone or something. Nevertheless, the image is vividly clear to the person with the vision. A vision stems from desire and hope. Hope optimistically anticipates the outcome of the vision, which builds faith. Faith consists of believing that the vision can be attained. Faith drives determination and commitment, which builds momentum. Momentum causes action. Without a plan of action, and without persistence and patience, goals may never be fulfilled. Without these things, people may as well write off their visions as mere daydreaming.
The following philosophy is simple, yet effective, in helping anyone set and accomplish goals: Write the vision, and make a clear outline with the purpose of generating action whenever it is read. The vision, at this point, is intended for a designated time; but at the end of the process, it will provide evidence—it will not fail. Though there are setbacks, persistence and patience will produce success; it will not be a waste of time.1 The various parts of this philosophy are explained in more detail as follows:
- Write the vision, and make a clear outline: People should write down their goals to create tangible evidence of what is on their minds and in their hearts. They should create a plan of action by clearly describing their mission and outlining a strategy by which to attain their goals.
- With the purpose of generating action whenever it is read: Each time the plan of action is read, it will move the person to action—it will motivate her toward the next step. Not only that, when others observe the person, it should be obvious to them that she is “walking with a purpose.” Someone who gets a glimpse of the person’s vision may open a door to a much-needed resource to help the person accomplish her goal.
- The vision, at this point, is intended for a designated time; but at the end of the process, it will provide evidence—it will not fail: A person’s vision is conceived at the moment it enters the person’s heart and mind—that is, when he visualizes it. Some things have to take place, however,before the vision will materialize. Between conception and delivery is change, development, growth, and labor. This process takes time. People must remember that their dreams will not progress to failure unless they fail to progress.
- Though there are setbacks, persistence and patience will produce success: In this generation of instant gratification, there is such a reluctance to stick with anything. Patience is “staying power.” At the heart of any success story is a spirit of patience. People should look at setbacks as opportunities for further spiritual, personal, and professional development. An old adage applies here: “Good things come to those who wait.”
1 Paraphrased from Habakkuk 2:2–3, the King James Bible.