We live in a world of instant gratification. So much of our lives is within reach, just minutes a way, or delivered by tomorrow. Ask any question and a small device will answer it instantly. Take a photo and share it with the world in seconds. Ask for a car and it shows up in minutes. Shopping online and you’ll get asked, “want it by tomorrow?” Now, this isn’t really a bad thing, until we look at ourselves. What we expect in service and commerce, we shouldn’t demand of ourselves in personal growth. We sabotage our own dreams and goals with the same concept of instant gratification. I want it NOW!
We overestimate what we can do in a month and underestimate what we can do in a decade.
We want results and we want them now. This is why we jump on 30 day challenges, week long cleanses, online dating sites, MLM business schemes, and more. We want the promised dream as fast as we can get it. Well this time around, I challenge you to continue far beyond the challenge. Not 30 days, not 90 days, but for the next 730 days. That’s right, over the next two years I want you to commit to whatever goals you may have. Where do you see yourself in 2020. If you want to be successful in any area of life you need to have 2020 Vision. This is the vision of who and where you see yourself by the year 2020. Focus on those things, not then but now. Vision is being able to see those accomplishments in the present. Having the ability to see them, feel them, and step in those moments as you achieve them is real 2020 vision. This is a long term commitment. This is patience. The bigger the aspiration ⏤ The greater the patience.
It’s often said that we overestimate what we can do in a month and underestimate what we can do in a decade. When we pursue things with unrealistic timeframes, whether it be health, personal, or even business oriented, we are setting ourselves up for failure. These types of goals can cause a number of different psychological effects. We lose sight of the real purpose behind our ambitions and focus more on what can be done in the said timeframe. Like losing weight ⏤ It becomes less about longterm health benefits and more about “how much” that can be lost in “x” number of days. Or business ventures that have initial or partial failure are immediately chalked up as one. No time is spent learning from the mistakes, evaluating the process, or allowing time to even be a factor. Time, our greatest commodity. You’ll hear often how you shouldn’t waste it, how you should spend it, but what about lending it. What if you took all the goals, and challenges you’ve done and just lent them some time. Imagine if you took that same drive, that same passion that you have in the first 30 days and extended it out to say 300, or even 365, or better yet, 730!
2020 Vision is about taking the pressure and angst that we put on ourselves to accomplish these massive goals and ambitions, and shifting it to the daily tasks associated with them. To place the pressure on the micro and alleviating it from the macro. The pressure should be placed on the daily planning, execution, and progress towards whatever it is you desire. The only envision of the end state, is seeing it in it’s completed state. Visualizing everything the way you want to see it, with no deadline on when you should. This will actually make you more productive and be far more beneficial in the long run. What this will also do, is bring value and gratitude to your present day. You should be grateful that you even have the ability to envision your future, go after your dreams, and make bold positive changes in your life. It should bring you a sincere level of gratitude. When we chase these short lived changes, we lose sight of what we have right in front of us. We must change the way we envision the Macro to see the gratitude in the Micro…. Vision for the future lets us see the now.