Thomas Edison – “ If we did everything we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
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As popular saying goes ‘a boat is safest when it is docked at the harbor’. This may in fact be true, but choosing safety is denying its purpose. Boats are created to sail on water for a myriad of reasons, of which I am sure you are aware. Thinking about this saying reminds of something in reference to people. ALLAH meticulously created each one of us with a specific purpose in mind. This purpose is identified and fueled by dreams and visions, yet most of us fail to fulfill the purpose. Why? Undoubtedly it is because we ‘harbor’ the visions and dreams in our hearts in an effort to protect them, instead of speaking them into the universe and then acting on them.
Just like the boat that is created for innumerous purposes, the visions and dreams you see about yourself are meant to help you fulfill your ultimate purpose – worshipping ALLAH (God). According to the sacred text I follow, the Holy Qur’an, in Surah 51:56 ‘I created…humankind only that they might worship Me.’ Worshipping our Creator is directly related to living out our fullest potential and that is what the visions of the heart details.
A piece of advice from biblical text says “write the vision and make it plain…” Habakkuk 2:2. In the world of business this is an exercise known as charting goals. Random polling on goal setting by a Professor at Virginia Tech revealed that only 1% of those polled said they write and review their vision/dreams regularly and all of this 1% are among the elite and most successful business persons of their generations and (at least) millionaires. Without going too far off point, I will say that I personally do not believe that success is ONLY manifested in high dollar bottom line, but I do believe that financial security is a big part of SUCCESS. According to the poll, writing your vision in the form of a goal that can be visually pursued and charted is the way to success. So I encourage you to do that today. Take a clean sheet of paper and write the vision you have been daydreaming about. Take baby steps if you need to. For now write it in general terms, but when you go back to that piece of paper tomorrow, correct something about the vision that is somewhat vague and determine to turn it into a crystal clear point. For instance, if today write “I am going to start a business”, tomorrow change that by either adding a specific date you intend to ‘launch’ your business or by including what type of business activity you will start. The next day focus on another element, i.e. the how-to part of it – online, popup, etc., and do something like this every day. As you do this the motivation will build itself in compelling you to take some action in building your business or actualizing your legacy-building activity and move towards fulfilling your purpose, God willing.