I shared my vision with Black Enterprise , but I want to share how to refine your own vision. I actually learned my method from the Bible:

Habakkuk 2: ” And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Reading this verse motivates the runner, it doesn’t slow them down. Running is all psychological, getting your breathing in sync with your mind. Somewhere in the running, doing, and being, remind yourself what is central, important and fundamental. I know I will have problems, so before I start I empower myself with what I need to overcome, so that not even I can stop me from doing it.

You need something you produced on your best day to inspire you when you run on your worst. Reduce your vision down to one sentence and then eventually to one word. The vision you have shouldn’t come out of the air, it should have a genealogy rooted in your life’s experiences. It needs to have a condition, a context. When you state this vision, tell that story that makes it a passion.

You will need that passion because somewhere between having a vision and fulfilling your vision is that hateful middle and the only way to get beyond that point is your story. I should be able to tell what your vision is by looking at your life story. Look at your vision and what you are trying to accomplish and ask yourself how what you are trying to do relates to YOU.

Celebrate the connection, embrace it, because it will empower you to get there. Somewhere in the middle of the run when you get distracted, fired, or depressed you can look at the vision board and remember! You know the genealogy of your vision, of your dream, you are connected to the roots. Go back to the root and remind yourself why this is important to you. So you don’t need other people to come into your life to inspire you. You can sit in your own house tell your own story and get inspired.

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