Yesterday was one of the milestone days in my life. I was ordained as a Pastor, joining our church staff as the person to help develop small group and other resources from our Senior Pastor, Steve Berger’s, teaching. It’s humbling and inspiring. I’m grateful and excited. It’s funny (especially if you knew me “when”) and sobering.
It also allows me to keep alive a vision I’ve had for over 25 years. In 1982, going through one of those “cast your personal vision” exercises (I can’t remember if I was listening to Denis Waitley or Ken Blanchard) I clearly received what would become my life vision - to put life-changing resources into the hands of people who need them.
Since that time, everything I’ve done has been committed to that vision. Whether in publishing (both in marketing and product development), product distribution (how can we efficiently get these resources to as many places as we can?), retail (how can we promote, merchandise, display and/or price these resources so people will find them and buy them?) or as an author (four books in print and five projects in the creative hopper) my life has been shaped by that vision.
But, it doesn’t stop there.
Recently I have also formed The Wayne Hastings Company under the same vision. Which means that while I’m working to create resources as part of the Grace Chapel staff, I’ll also have the ability to help other organizations and authors maximize their products and get them into people’s hands through many creative ways (let’s face it, as Dylan said, “the times they are a changin’” and there are so many options and opportunities to consider).
There is a lesson in all of this: Vision is a powerful tool for us. It should never be created lightly or should it be taken for granted. It’s a driving and motivating force that serves to give you a laser focus on your life’s work.
A good personal vision:
- Defines your purpose
- Keeps you focused
- Allows you to persevere when times are tough
- Gives you freedom to be creative and active within your zone
- Communicates values
- Gives you a solid benchmark