Having a vision and living in the present moment

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

For a period of time, I wondered how it was possible to have both a vision (or a goal or an objective) and still live in the present moment.  It took me a while to understand that the vision’s purpose served to align my efforts in a certain direction, not to get scattered all over the place.  Once I understood what my vision was, I realized that I had to put it aside and concentrate my thoughts and daily actions on the task at hand, to be able to achieve a first step in the direction of my vision.  I found that constantly holding my vision in my mind and comparing where I was and where I wanted to go did not help me because the project I had in mind appeared way too big for what I could achieve at that very moment.  The importance of dissecting the vision into a series of smaller steps, each of which could be reached within a reasonable time laps thus started to impose itself to my mind.  The main challenge I faced when I started a new project where I had very little prior experience was to understand what these steps were.  In any case, there is no doubt in my mind that having a life’s vision is motivating and that progressing towards that vision step by step while concentrating on and enjoying the process, thus the current moment, is key for a happy, fulfilling life. 

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