“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
As I discussed in a previous post, we saw how discovering who we are is foundational to knowing our destiny. Destiny is already in our DNA. Answering the self-awareness questions are the beginning of answering the vision questions. A personal vision is about vocation and character.
What is your vocation? Vocation is not always your job. Vocation is the Latin term for “calling.” What is your calling? When you know who you are, then you know your vocation. So answer these questions:
1- If you could do one thing every day, what would it be?
2- What do others say you are good at?
It is at the intersection of these two questions that most people find their true calling. This place is where you experience great pleasure and where others benefit from what you do.
If today was your last day on earth, are you doing what you want to do?
Character is forged in the unseen choices. It is in those moments when you decide to have integrity, serve others, give yourself away, help people, stay with your spouse, embrace your children or love GOD that your character is shaped. Your future is created each day by the choices you make. When you face situations that tempt you to compromise your character, remember two thoughts:
1- The decision is not just for this moment, but your future.
2- This compromise is not who you are.
Choose character because any other choice will lead you far from where your heart longs to go.
Vocation and character are the two prongs of your vision. Both matter. Character matters because no one wants to live a life of wealth while cheating others. Vocation matters because no one wants to be kind while wishing all the time they could be doing something else.
It’s a Set Up
A side result of living a visionary life is that you leave behind a legacy that powerfully impacts others. The bookends of self-awareness (knowing where you are) and vision (knowing where you are going) is a set-up for success.