“What is your vision?”
As an adult, how have you felt when someone has asked you that directly? The question greets us suddenly and in a number of forms. But the intent is the same – and we know it. It is a query about the clarity and intent with which we are living our lives.
For most people, it is the most confronting question they could be asked. It is no more confronting than the variant we were asked as children – about when we grow up – but as adults it has added resonance.
Heart rate and blood pressure rise and the brain experiences waves of confusion. It is a question that can render the most articulate and thoughtful speechless. The question is received as an assault on our identity that elicits feelings of embarrassment, guilt and anxiety. It is a question that can pierce a carefully controlled exterior. Innocently, its four words ask us about our struggle with our own existence and the legacy we might imagine we want to leave behind.
“What do we really want for our lives?”
“Why is that a meaningful pursuit?”
Here are two reasons why the question strikes deep. A vision is an expression of our values and an interpretation of our purpose. These things are fundamental. Our vision is an integral part of making sense of the world in which we live and then acting within that framework to achieve our goals.