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How to Have Vision and Passion In Our Lives

Updated on December 13, 2014

Have Vision - Climb to the Mountaintop

 Red River, New Mexico
Red River, New Mexico | Source

Many people will live their lives without fulfilling their dreams. None of us want to be one of those people. I once heard a successful speaker say that many will never make it to their mountaintop because deep within they’re afraid to succeed. In some respects, I believe this to be true because along with success comes responsibility.

Without passion and clear vision of how to ‘conquer our mountain’, we stumble along, focusing too much on how others are moving ahead or looking down and focusing on the uneven terrain. We think it must be easier on the other side of the mountain if only we could figure out an easy way to get there. For those who arrive to their mountaintop, the view is incredible, exhilarating and there is a sense of wonder and joy that life can be so full and rewarding.

It reminds me of a time many years ago when I was vacationing with my family in Red River, New Mexico. We were staying in a friends cabin next to a large hill. I decided that I wanted to climb the hill to see what was at the top. The area was beautiful and there were trees everywhere. I had to make my own path and watch carefully where I was going, because I knew I also had to come back down! There were a couple of times I felt like going back, but I knew if I did, I would always wonder what the view was like at the top.

I finally made it and I’ll never forget the feeling of pure joy and happiness. It was not what I expected! I could have never imagined the beauty of the grass covered, open field. It was surrounded by these beautiful, rather ethereal looking aspen trees. I was skipping around the top, throwing my arms up, laughing and rolling around on the grass. I had made it! I felt like I was in a magical, fairy land, but I knew it was very real. This experience has been a source of inspiration for me numerous times in my life.

3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice
3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice
This is an easy book to read, full of practical, inspiring tips on how to go for the gold and see our dreams realized.

Our dreams are not out of reach when we have the intense passion, drive and vision to see them fulfilled. Passion is the fuel. It is that feeling that makes our heart race when we think about our dream; or reflect on our reality, if we are already living our dream. Passion begins with vision. Without vision, we simply won’t move forward because we don’t know where we’re going. “Vision is a picture of the future that gives passion to the present." Les Parrott (author of 3 Seconds, The Power of Thinking Twice).

Everyone Has a Purpose

Our lives create ripples that affect the world.
Our lives create ripples that affect the world. | Source

How to Discover our Vision

It’s not as difficult as one may think. We come into this world equipped with inherent qualities and characteristics unique to each person. We will face challenges and witness events or hear news that affects us deeply. Discovering our vision is taking opportunity to look at what we can do well or wish to do well. Ask yourself a few questions and write down or record your answers.

  • What are some of your life experiences (good and bad)?
  • What kind of books do you read?
  • What do you watch on television?
  • What news stories capture your interest?
  • Are there particular statistics that impress you or sadden you?
  • Do you feel you are called to a profession?
  • What are your hobbies?

Dreams DO Matter

“Stop telling yourself that dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.”

Julie Cameron

(author of The Artist’s Way)

Spending time answering these questions can help us more easily define what it is that we want or need to accomplish in our lifetimes. Experiencing a tragedy may inspire us to make sure others won’t suffer in the same way. A childhood spent playing outdoors and hiking could help fuel passion for environmental awareness and advocacy. Reading fantasy books can inspire the artist within to emerge as it did with John Howe, an illustrator and conceptual artist for The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings movies. News stories stir our passion for what we feel is important in our world.

Just Do It

The first Nike shoe - Nike Moon shoe
The first Nike shoe - Nike Moon shoe | Source

The founder of Nike shoes was an avid runner and wanted to find or create a shoe that would allow runners a lighter shoe to cushion the body while running. He was eating waffles and imagined the sole of a shoe in a similar pattern. He had vision and ‘ran’ with it to build one of the most successful footwear companies worldwide.

Many feel different callings throughout their lives. Firefighters, teachers, doctors, musicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, mothers, presidents, on and on. Is there a burning desire within to enter a certain profession? Take the necessary steps to make it happen.

Max Martin - ASCAP Songwriter of the Year - 2013

Max Martin has received this prestigious award for the past 3 years, making it the sixth time in his career.  He wrote/co-wrote 7 of the most played songs of 2012.
Max Martin has received this prestigious award for the past 3 years, making it the sixth time in his career. He wrote/co-wrote 7 of the most played songs of 2012. | Source

How to Fuel Your Passions

Vision alone won’t accomplish dreams. Passion is the fuel to make our visions alive. Passion energizes and creates momentum. Max Martin, one of pop music’s most successful songwriters/producers quotes, “My advice to upcoming talent in this business is "work harder than everyone else." Max Martin.

Passion is the fuel, it doesn’t get the job done. It enables us to do the work required, as no great accomplishments are realized without work and a sense of responsibility.

Another of Martin’s inspiring quotes; "I didn't even know what a producer did, I spent two years day and night in that studio trying to learn what the hell was going on." Obviously, he had passion and wanted to succeed. And he continues to be passionate about his craft and extremely successful. He has received the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers) six times in his lifetime, being the first non-American to receive this prestigious award.

Teach Them Passion

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince)

Be involved. Be around people who inspire you. Find opportunities to be active in your community or travel. Traveling to new locales can excite and inspire us to move forward with our dreams and goals. Perhaps we find that our calling is working in another country.

Lastly, learn as much as we can. Our vision will be clearer and more focused with information and knowledge, learning from others. If more education is required, then by all means, find out what is necessary and take classes or get the degree that will help open the right doors. Like the famous quote, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” This is it! Enjoy it.

Never underestimate the power of passion fueled with knowledge and anticipation. It’s how dreams are made real.

Dare To Be Great - Live Your Dreams

Thank You for Reading and Please Feel Free to Leave a Comment.

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    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      You put yourhub in a different way to express your thoughts, great

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks billybuc, it's the language of life, yes? I'm so glad you found your passion again and are able to spend each day enjoying your journey through life. You certainly help others enjoy theirs also! :)

      Thanks for visiting Perspycacious (that's quite a fine user name), it's always nice to see a hubber visit and comment. I'll be coming by your profile and reading some of your hubs. I see that you also write poetry.

      I'm happy that you found this hub nicely written, thank you!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nicely constructed piece of saying it like it is with examples.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are speaking my language young lady. There was a time, about ten years ago, where I had lost my passion...but I found it again and boy oh boy am I ever glad I did. Now every single day is a joy, and isn't that a wonderful way to live life? Thanks for a great motivational article.


    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks DrBill, I missed your previous comment! I appreciate the kind words and thanks for reading! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      It took me a while, but I got there, got it. Thanks for the reminders!! ;-)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks promisem. It gets more challenging as the years go by, but it seems to be staying involved in what we love to do, activities that make us feel alive and useful. Everyone ultimately wants to feel that their lives have value, that there is something we can do or give that is uniquely ours to share on our journey. I think it's most important to stay involved and not to shut ourselves away behind a door or a computer. Join a group that interests you and invite opportunities that may not have the chance to arise without getting out and meeting others. There are groups for just about anything that may be of interest to you. You can look in your local newspaper or do an online search for local groups. Listen closely to what comes from within. Best to you, and thanks for your comment!

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      7 years ago

      I agree, very inspirational. I just wonder how to regain vision and passion once you get past 50. It gets harder every year. Any advice?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Inspirational. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Jason Benedict 

      8 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Great read Rebekah, thanks for writing it. I feel like a lot of people can get value your writing.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks Jennifer, I don't mind at all inspiring someone to go out and be great! That's exactly why I wrote it- happy that you found it and took the time to comment. Also thanks for the follow, I'll be over to take a look! Enjoy!

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      Jennifer Suchey 

      8 years ago

      Very inspirational. Thanks for the kick in the pants. I think I'll go be great now. ;)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Hi MissJamieD, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this hub about vision and passion in our lives. Your life goal is beautiful and certainly it takes a special person to deal with women who have suffered beatings and abusive relationships. We are most happy, content and passionate when we are in a position of helping others. It's our world and it takes all of us to make it a better place now and for the future generations. Best to you!

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      8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      I really enjoyed reading this. I believe it all to be so incredibly true. We all have personal dreams that shouldn't be too difficult to reach with hard work and dedication, and vision. I hope to be living my dream very soon, volunteering at a battered woman's shelter. My life goal has always been to do something to help others, and that will probably be only the beginning of many things to come. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. This is a great hub!

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks Rob. If it inspires one, I'm pleased. One person in turn inspires another, and on and on and the ripple effect stays in motion. Peace to you ~

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      Rob Welsh 

      9 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      What a truly lovely and appropriate hub rebekah. I am sure that your effort here will inspire many. Having positive people around us, allows us to also approach our life positively.. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your positive commitment to making our world a better place... take care... PD

    • Lisas-thoughts101 profile image


      9 years ago from Northeast Texas


      I was truly inspired by this hub. I had great passion while raising my children and my youngest is 21. I have struggled a bit with my vision since the last one has been grown. I am almost finished with my MS in Counseling Psychology and also finding Hubpages has been great because I have always loved writing. This hub was something I really needed to read to remind me of the passionate person that lives within me and of the questions I need to ask myself again. You are a terrific writer. Thanks too for sharing your insights.


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      9 years ago from Scandinavia

      Excellent thanks- that was very good.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I learn many things from this you. I have good vision but "Man proposes while God Disposes". Thank you very much for writing and share with us. Rated up!


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      9 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Rebekah,

      He knew where he was heading

      Just waiting for the time to go

      She felt a deep, fierce longing

      But for what she didn't know

      In time she found her vision

      And he settled on his when

      Where there's vision and there's passion

      All that remains is to begin

      Thank you for the reminder of what fuels great adventures. =:)

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      Raymond D Choiniere 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hey Rebekah, a very interesting hub you've written. I don't think I needed to read it, but wanted to read it because you wrote it. :) I have vision and passion for things in which I do. That's why I say I didn't "need" to read it. :) Voted up! :)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Hi GL, Thanks for reading and I'm glad you found it exciting!

      Life is exciting, even with the ups and downs and turn arounds! I'm a big believer in looking within to discover who we really are and what we can accomplish. :D Thanks for your great comment, always appreciated.

      Hi alwaysexploring, Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a well written article with helpful info. Follow your dreams..I like that..Thank you..

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What an exciting Hub that for me, began with your vision of those ethereal aspen trees. I remember the feelings I had when I saw them for the very first time in New Mexico a few years back.

      There are lots of articles about discovering your passion, or purpose, but none I have read that suggest answering the simple questions you suggest here. What an easy, great way to paint a picture of yourself. Thanks!

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks Kimberly, I'm always happy to share and hopefully inspire others. I appreciate all comments and anyone who takes the time to read my hubs! :)

      Hi cclitgirl, Thanks so much. Yes, I feel very passionate about my life and what I'm able to accomplish. Without vision and a passion for life, we just sort of exist. I remember once someone said to me, we're always either living or dying. It stuck with me! Carpe Diem~~

      R.J.- Thanks for reading and for taking time to sign in and comment. I'm happy to hear you're pushing forward with your writing, and I wish you the very best! We all have gifts and talents to share with the world. Enjoy.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 

      9 years ago


      Your hub is extraordinary, I'll be looking for more. My passion and vision is like scrambled eggs. I have a great deal of interest in more areas then I have time to follow through any of them. I decided to try writing despite my dyslexia, hence I'm giving hubpages a try.


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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      Voted up, too. Beautiful hub. I hope you, too, are living out your passion and dreams. :D

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      Kimberly Lake 

      9 years ago from California

      Great hub I can tell you put a lot of Thought Into this hub. Voted up and socially shared.


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