Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V: Vision & Vitality

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
- Joel A Barker
Vision:  the state of being able to see.  To dream.  The ability to anticipate what will happen.

Without a clear vision you're wasting your time.  Businesses have reasons for existing, their mission statements.  In life we should also  have a  mission statement.  Our vision will come from what we're good at or what interests us.

Vitality: the state of being strong and active; the power giving continuance of life
You need Vitality to be able to accomplish your goal.  I like Fitzgerald's take on it because it's realistic.  In life we know what we want.  We make a plan and start out.
Then two things complicate our plans: 
1.  Life Happens
2. People get involved. 
We have a Vision.  We act on it.  Vitality gives us the energy to continue but also to modify if needed. We have more movtivation to do what we enjoy or are good at.  Vitality keeps us motivated.

There are so many things that can sap our energy: work, family, vacations, activities, kids' activities. Multi-tasking is a way of life now.   Others put demands on us.  Schedules conflict because we agree to too much.  We feel like we should keep but we find that we can't. 
One little word will help "No."  Think about what you want, where you're heading.  Think about your goals for your family.  It's okay to tell your kids no, you can't do everything.  It's okay to tell friends no.  It's okay to say no to yet one more committee at church.  You don't want to be lazy, but you don't want to be doing too much.  Multi-tasking isn't always a good thing. You're focus is off so not everything is done well.  Limiting yourself is the key.
Be yourself, not who you think others want you to be. Do what you're supposed to be doing, not what you think society or people want. 
Have your Vision.  Vitality to realize your Vision comes from knowing who you are and acting on it. This is how we succeed in our careers and in life. 

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