This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and one of my favorite passages concerning goals and vision comes from Andy Stanley, who said…

“Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose, and those are the ones with vision.

Without a clear vision, the odds are that you’ll come to the end of your life and wonder.

You’ll wonder what you could have done, what you should have done, and like so many, you may wonder if your life really mattered at all.

Vision gives significance to the otherwise meaningless details of our lives.

After all, much of what we do doesn’t appear to matter much when evaluated apart from some larger context or purpose.

Vision is the difference between filling bags with dirt and building a dike in order to save a town.

There’s nothing glamorous or fulfilling about filling bags with dirt, but saving a city… well, that’s another thing altogether.

Building a dike gives meaning to the chore of filling bags with dirt, and so it is with vision.

Too many times, the routines of life begin to feel like shoveling dirt.

But take those same routines, take those same responsibilities, and view them through the lens of vision, and everything looks different.

Vision brings your world into focus, and vision brings order to chaos, and a clear vision enables you to see everything differently.”