How many people have a vision or purpose? Do most know they can have a purpose? Only about 5% of people has a vision or a purpose. If you were to ask them, you’d get a lot of blank stares. If you were to have asked me even 5 years ago what my vision or purpose was, I would be amongst the 5% who had no clue what my purpose was. It’s taken me that long to finally understand – who I really am and what my purpose is. My vision is to change the world, through music. It’s the reason I started playing guitar 5 years ago. I’ll admit that at time I picked up my guitar, I didn’t know what my purpose was.
Do you have a life plan? I don’t mean a life insurance plan; I mean a plan of what you want to accomplish in life. What is your goal in life? To achieve success and then retire? I’d hazard a guess that’s most likely your goal. My question would be: Who are you, really? Do you think you are only a physical body with a limited life span? If so, that’s probably why you’re only setting goals for as long as you think your body will last. However, your body is not who you are – you are, in fact, a spiritual being in temporary possession of a physical body. It took me a few years to realize this as well. What helped me? Reading through a trilogy called ‘Conversations With God’ by Neale Donald Walsch. It opened my eyes to who I really am and how the world really works. Through the understanding of being an infinite, spiritual being, one can write their life plan of setting goals for not only the next 5-50 years but for the next 100, 500 and even eternity. What you do today will affect your family, community and even the world long after the physical body has turned to dust.
When beginning your life plan, the question must be asked: How big of a game do you want to play? Do you want to a week-to-week game plan like most people, or do you want a 500-year game plan? The depth and breadth of your goals will play a huge part in what you set out to accomplish in your life. Ask yourself these questions: Why are you living? What’s the point? Are you living just to survive? If so, isn’t that a losing battle?
If you want fire and passion in your life, you need to discover a purpose. A vision or purpose is your why; it is the why behind your goals that will affect your daily choice of activities. It’s said that a people without a vision will perish. This is true for any individual, company, and nation. Anything without a purpose will slowly die either emotionally, financially or physically. With retirement as a goal, many will have forgotten their vision or purpose beyond retirement and perish, having no ‘why’ for living. There is a secret to finding your ‘why’: it’s waiting for you to show up 🙂
As the goals are being set, do not compare your goals with the goals of others, for doing so will only detract from your own journey and deprive you of the joy you could experience along the way. Identify goals you would like to accomplish over your lifetime and beyond.
Set goals for the next: 1-5 years, 5-10 years, 10-20 years, 20-50 years, 50 years, 100 years and 500 years. Remember: what you do with your life affects the world and people you leave behind for many years to come. How big of a game do you want to play? Be mindful that you do not simply become goal oriented, as this will lead to burn out. Burning out is caused by losing sight or not determining the motivating ‘why’ behind the goals. A life without vision or purpose can feel like a full life, but is it a fulfilled life?
What does all of this have to do with fear? I’m willing to be vulnerable and tell you about my fear. In a session with my life coach, it was suggested to practice in public. Whether it be in Fish Creek park or along Stephen Ave downtown. I feel fear – of the unknown, of playing in front of complete strangers. What if I mess up? Will they think less of me because I’m not playing perfectly? Will they enjoy just me practicing? I have to wonder: How did my idols manage to overcome their fears? What were their fears? Were theirs the same as mine? I have yet to discover those answers, as this journey is mine and mine alone to take. Life is a journey, not a destination and I’m glad to know there will be someone in my life who will believe in me and my dreams/vision. Say ‘Hi’ if you see me practicing someplace or even playing 🙂
I’ll end with the following quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson