Too many people today struggle to say no. We’re a society of well-intentioned people who say yes to everything and that’s a key reason why burnout is rife.
People are so busy doing everything that they’re achieving nothing.
Busy serving others and others needs but not busy serving their own vision - if they’ve even taken the time out to articulate what their vision is. Which, if we’re being honest is rare and half of the problem because people don’t have an inspiring bigger picture for what their life is mounting to.
Vision is critical.
Vision is seeing with your heart, seeing far beyond your current experience of life. If you’re only seeing what’s in front of you, you have sight not vision. Vision is seeing life and the world better than it is now and understanding your unique role in that coming to pass.
Vision unlocks passion and brings purpose to daily living. Without it we can wander around aimlessly, doing a whole myriad of things that are unlikely to have a lasting impact on the world – no matter how important they may seem at the time.
Vision is your criteria for prioritisation in your life. Without it your priorities lack direction which can be a fast track to imbalance and unfulfillment.
If you want to truly be successful you need to set your life priorities according to your vision.
Yes and no are the most powerful words you’ll ever say.
Why? Because you can tell the life you will have in the future by the decisions you’re making today. In that sense, in reality the future really is now.
We’ve all heard it before - ‘we are the sum of what we do daily’. But have we really stopped to think about what we’re doing daily? Is it amounting to a meaningful and fulfilling life? Is it allowing you to have lasting maximum impact on the world utilising the unique purpose, passions and you have within you? I hope so.
The word ‘limitation’ gets such a bad wrap.
Limits aren’t inherently bad, it’s just that over time we’ve attached a lot of negatives to them. But what if I was to tell you that limitations are key to your personal success?
If you don’t have vision there aren’t any real restraints in your life. You lose yourself to being busy and your days are amounting to a less meaningful life that you have the potential to live. But when you have vision you have clarity. Priorities. Effective limitations. You can say no with dignity because you’re aligned with your greater vision and can see what’s beneficial and what’s not. You’re playing the long game.
I’m constantly working with new life coaching clients on this very topic. Bringing their vision to the forefront is my own personal vision coming to fruition. Helping others live fulfilling and meaningful lives driven by purpose is what I do. And you know what? I’m confident in my yes’s and no’s now because my own vision has provided me with a criteria for limitations. These limitations allow me to be effective and intentional in living my vision for my life and creating a better world. No more losing days and weeks to being ‘busy’ for me.
How about you?
P.s. This blog has been inspired by the teachings of Dr Myles Munroe, particularly his book ‘The principles of power and vision’, an incredibly powerful read.
P.p.s. If you want to learn more about Life Coaching and different ways you can work with me to develop you life vision then check out these coaching options!
Author: Steph Edmunds
Certified Professional Life Coach
Steph Edmunds is SESC's incredibly passionate, well experienced Certified Professional Life Coach based in Launceston, Tasmania - coaching clients across Australia and the world. You can contact Steph directly to make coaching inquiries, sign-up for a dose of Monthly Motivation direct to your inbox or Follow SESC on Facebook or Instagram.