Get Excited About Where You’re Going (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 182)
“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”
— Khalil Gibran
We can’t always see where we are going, but that doesn’t stop us from taking the journey to get there. Creating a vision begins with envisioning where you want to be from where you are now and doing the hard work to get there. If you can see the end goal in your mind and you can stay focused on it, you are more likely to reach it.
Many people fail before they even get started simply because they cannot envision the outcome from the start. How do you think Apple, Google, Facebook and all other successful companies became successful. It is because the people who created these companies could see where they wanted to go from where they were and made every effort to get there.
Allowing ourselves to imagine our future success causes us to get excited about where we are going. This excitement turns into power that facilitates our abilities to play with creativity and new ideas. This excitement and power should not be underestimated. However, imagination isn’t just a place to play; it is the starting point for achievement. It is a magnet for making progress. Your imagination develops feelings and desires and drives you to make progress.
When our brain becomes excited at the thought of reaching our goals or even envisioning our future achievements, we become more dedicated to putting in the time and effort to make it happen. It is almost as if work itself doesn’t matter as much. You are committed to work as much as you can—even overtime—because the goal itself is so much more important.
We all have to work. Nothing happens without it. But work becomes extremely more enjoyable and meaningful when it is directed toward an end goal. Work for the sake of work is really insignificant. It is only a means to pass time and make money. Work that results in achievement causes us to put that much more effort into it. When we are excited about where we’re going, we are more likely to do whatever it takes to get there.
Small strategies and techniques like creating a vision board or developing a mission statement for your life can help to remind you of where you are going. Distractions and obstacles are inevitable. But paying attention to your goals, nurturing them in a way that causes you to work on them daily, and being committed to the journey will help sustain your mindset of growth and success.
“Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress.”
— Lisa Randall