Have you ever been on a run where you didn’t know where you were going? You knew you were going to run 5 km but you had no idea which route you were going to take. So you started of your journey, you started your run, and it seemed like the most difficult thing you had ever done. On every corner you were ready to give up, you were wondering how long it was going to take you to finally hit that 5 km mark. You might even have had all the new technology, like the running app on your phone that tracks where you are and the pace you are running at. But no matter how much technology you had on you, the run stayed a hard task because you didn’t know where you were going, you didn’t know when you were going to cross that finish line.
Now, I want you to imagine going on that same run, taking the same route, a second time and a third time and a fourth. Each time the run gets a little bit easier, not because the run is actually easier or because your body is getting used to running, but because this time you know exactly where you are going. You know exactly what to expect and you have a perfect picture of the difficulties that lie ahead. You don’t have to be scared anymore that there might be a hill ahead where you need to save energy for. Because of your clear vision of where you are going, you can focus on the things that matter and stop worrying about the details.
In the same way that it is easier to run when you know where you’re going, it is crucial to have a clear vision for your life. Taking the right action towards living a fulfilled life is a lot easier when you have really thought about where you want to go. When you have set clear goals and expectations for yourself, it is easier to reach them. Of course it is impossible to foresee all circumstances and obstacles the future will bring, but at least with a vision you are not running around without a clue of what your next step should be. If you don’t know what you’re looking for you will never find it.
Going back to the running analogy, if given the choice, would you rather run by yourself or have another person running with you? Personally, I like running with other people. When you are running with others you have the chance to motivate each other and learn from each other. Sometimes you have a great day and you push them to do better, and other days they can do the same for you. Through the combined effort, the run seems easier and more fun. You don’t have to go through the hard parts alone and you can share the victories with others. You might not be running as fast with others compared to when you go on a run by yourself, but you enjoy the journey way more.
Similarly, you don’t have to go through life alone. Surround yourself with heart-centered, like-minded people and share your vision with them, share in the journey. Let the people around you help you get to where you want to go and be supportive of them along their way. You can find great value in the relationships you build.