It’s 2019–how many people have asked you what your New Year’s resolutions are?
As someone whose public life revolves around personal growth and development for myself and others, I’ve already been asked about my resolutions many times. People are always surprised by my response:
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t get me wrong. I think taking time to reflect on the past year and charting your course for the year to come is important. I do it for myself, and I do it with my team at Inspirational
Endeavors, LLC. We’ve spent the past few months putting this into practice: evaluating where we are, what’s worked, was hasn’t, and constructing our vision for the future. I’m so excited to share every new tool and plan that we’ve devised to help you change the game, but first things first:
Throw out your “resolutions” so you can achieve your wildest dreams.
Change doesn’t begin with resolve–it begins with vision. Resolutions are reactions; vision is the genesis of all creation. Every Game Changer knows three things about vision:
1. Creating a vision is what we are supposed to do, what we are built to do, as evidenced by the possession of our extraordinary mental faculty–IMAGINATION.
2. If we don’t like how things are currently, there’s no need to accept the status quo or operate as though this life is a set of boundaries we have to work within. We don’t have to make nasty situations palatable–we can create a new vision/situation instead.
3. Vision gives us a destination and purpose. It helps us set our intentions, keeps us focused, and gives us something to look forward to. Vision is the beginning, middle, and end to every journey worth taking.
The neurological ability to visualize what we have not yet achieved is one of our greatest gifts.
Regardless of our backgrounds or how we are currently occupied, regardless of what we see in our lives or in the world around us, we can create something different in our minds. We don’t have to allow what we currently can see around us to be the end. If we want to create something, we can.
Have you ever asked yourself why you have this ability, the ability to hold something in your mind? That’s miraculous, in and of itself!
We can even “try on” different visions to see which ones fit before we decide to create them. We can enjoy those visions now, before we’ve achieved them. Our brains are so powerful that we can actually feel what it will be like once we’ve made those visions reality. Utilizing the power of imagination, we can create the experience of reaching our goals, having the future versions of ourselves and the lives we want now. We can comprehend and experience our current situations as temporary and focus instead on what we want, what we would enjoy, our goals. It gives us something to strive for and although it only exists in our minds at first, we know what we want to experience. We have the ability to choose what we are going to focus on, and vision marks the destination of what we want to strive for, be, and do, which we can leverage into action and accomplishment.
Imagine setting your compass for this year and the rest of your life–that’s the power of vision. Vision is your true north, it’s you mapping out where you want to go in life.
A lot of people take the importance of vision for granted. Society puts down dreamers, which I just find ignorant. If we weren’t supposed to dream, why do we have this mental faculty of imagination? Most people accept the status quo–whatever happens, happens. They don’t create their lives, but Game Changers do. Imagine not being able to produce a vision. Every day would be a reaction. We would have nothing to live for, nothing to focus on, no ability to create. We must be grateful for this gift, and we must show our gratitude by using it.
Game Changers know that vision is the difference between existing and living.
We are creative beings, God-like when we exercise our gift of vision to produce a result. If you can believe it, you can achieve it, truly–if you can hold your vision long enough, understand it, feel it, you’re able to bring it forward. Holding vision is FAITH, and when you strive towards making your vision a reality, that’s faith in action. That’s truly honoring yourself and the universe/your creator. Execution of your vision is a form of worship.
Think of someone you know who always seems intentional, always focused, always working on a thing, always happy, always producing results. That person has already discovered the importance of vision, and they are in hot pursuit of theirs. Without vision, we drift. A lot of people feel like they have no purpose here on earth, they don’t know what to do, they don’t even know how to find what to do. Without vision, people perish. Vision gives us a destination, it affects how we maneuver and gives us a sense of purpose and meaning.
So, forget about your resolutions–what is your VISION?
VISUALIZE YOUR GREATNESS. Imagine who you want to be in the next ten to fifteen years–what job you want to have, what you want to achieve, what you want your relationships to be like. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want your obituary to say? That’s your vision–where does pursuing that take you over the next twelve months?