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With the start of a new decade upon us, it only seems fitting to reflect back on what the previous decades of our lives have brought us and what we hope the decade upcoming will bring. For us, the 80s were the decade of adolescence, the 90s the decade of coming of age, the 2000s brought college, marriage, and the start of entrepreneurial endeavors, finally 2010 until present brought us the growth of our family, financial freedom, and a drive to expand our teaching and mentoring. While we don't know everything that this next decade will bring, we couldn't have a more eager anticipation for what's in store. The challenge that many people have is that they don't work to clearly define what they want their future to look like and even if they do, they rarely develop systems in their life to help them create that future.
Having a clear vision for what we want in life is a critical component to attaining a true feeling of fulfillment. Everybody ends up somewhere in life, very few people end up somewhere on purpose. It's a clear vision, combined with the courage to follow through, that DRAMATICALLY increases our chances of coming to the end of our lives feeling deeply satisfied and believing that our lives counted. So it is important to begin with the end in mind by identifying what we want, building systems (a daily plan of action) to attain what we want, and finally to have the courage to follow through with those commitments on a daily basis.
So how do we build the courage to follow through? We make our vision EMOTIONAL. There is no such thing as an emotionless vision. The clearer the vision the stronger the emotions will be that are associated with that vision. When the emotions are strong the daily mundane activities become more important. No longer are we looking at daily tasks as a chore that we need to get done, instead we now see them as stepping stones to something greater...they become a means to a greater end. This keeps us focused and blocks out potential distractions. It's when we don't have a solid direction that we are heading in, and the daily habits built in to help us maintain that course, that it becomes easy to drift from one pleasure to the next.
Here is one VERY BIG warning that you must heed though if you are serious about establishing a vision for your life and following through on what it takes to accomplish it: The world is very hard on vision. Ultimate is often threatening to those who have opted for immediate. This is because vision is ALWAYS about change. It's important to understand that when we commit to a greater cause, that cause is almost assuredly going to require discipline and sacrifice. We all need to realize that if it was going to be easy it would already have been done. But once the vision is clear we don't need discernment, we need the courage to follow through.
We hope that you have the desire to swing for the fences this decade. We hope that 10 years from now you can look back on the 2020s and say that they were the time in your life where you established your legacy. The world deserves to see your light. The world deserves to see what only you can create. Now go and make it happen.
Brandon & Amanda