Eight years ago I was driving home from a UNLV student retreat with a suburban full of students and my graduate assistant, Alfonso. We were on a high from a great weekend and talking about the future when Alfonso asked me a life-changing question:
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
I thought about it and said something like, "Hopefully I'll be speaking and coaching and getting paid to do it."
He pressed me. "But what will it actually look like when you're doing it?"
I thought about that for some time before speaking up and sharing this vision:
"I see myself in a cabin in the mountains somewhere, speaking to a captivated audience. I'm in a turtleneck, leaning against the fireplace, and sipping a cup of cocoa. They're all there because they're trying to figure out what to do with their lives and I'm helping them do it."
Don't ask about the turtle neck. I don't even own one. It just fit with the scene, alright?
Point is, that vision was more than a trite conversation. I've clung to it. In fact, with every decision I've made in my career since that day I've asked myself, "Is this getting me closer to or further from the cabin?"
I'm happy to say I'm closer than ever to the cabin scene (still don't own a turtleneck), because a clear, vivid vision has a tendency to pull us through challenge and difficulty.
So where are you headed? What will it actually look like when you're there? Take a snapshot of the future and describe it, then head toward it with everything you've got.
Visions have a way of manifesting.
Hi! I'm Dustin.
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