Monday Morning Pep Talk: Your Vision is What Fuels Your Purpose
“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life…life that fails to fulfill its purpose and potential.” -Myles Monroe in Releasing Your Potential
I did a brand assessment when I first started coaching and one of the responses that came back from a client was, “…you see in [others] the potential for anything…”
It’s true. For every client and potential client, I listen to their frustration, dis-satisfaction and at times their confusion. And I also see in them all the skills, talents, experience, and passion that could be used to fuel the vision they have for their life. The challenge comes when people are unable to see a vision for themselves.
Without vision, potential and purpose get pushed to the side, while mediocrity and tolerance get put in the driver seat. We see this played out in school and work where most people are okay doing just enough to get by. And even though research shows that people will rise to the level of expectation we set for them, many people continue to lower the bar: we sacrifice vision for what’s easy and immediate.
It’s okay to be unclear about the vision, it is even okay to be unclear about ones’ purpose – what cannot be acceptable is being complacent about being unclear. One of the saddest things to me is people who choose to live by default, never making an effort to leverage their potential in order to serve the purpose they were created for.
Each of us has a unique contribution that only we can make to the world, or to the lives of others. I am fascinated by the idea that the world is waiting for us to show up and be exactly who we were created to be. Just imagine a world full of a people who were tapped into their purpose. Now, imagine how life could change if people were committed to applying their potential to that purpose. And it goes further- consider the lives of those who would benefit from everyone living out their purpose.
- Reflect: Have you sacrificed your vision for what’s easy and immediate?
- Share: What vision are you applying you purpose and potential to?