The key to a good and happy life is the cultivation of a high-quality mental state based around virtues and rational.
Victor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that he developed after surviving Nazi concentration camps in the 1940s, said, “For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself”.
Different people define purpose, goals, and vision in different ways, one way to think of them.
- Purpose: the thing that you are trying to accomplish in this world.
- Vision: the path in which you plan to get there.
- Goals: the specific steps you need to take to realize your vision.
To expand on these ideas:
Purpose: The reason for which something is done, created, or for which something exists.
If your purpose is not clear, it can be easy to become distracted by nonessential tasks. We all get pulled into whatever is happening in our surroundings. Whether it be from the relationships we have with people, our perception of essential tasks related to our lifestyle, or responsibilities imposed on us by the society in which we live. Rather than doing what you need to do to realize your vision and achieve your goals, you get caught up in the mess and randomness of life.
The WHO defines Health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Our purpose at Nirvana Strength is to redefine what it means to be an optimal human by reshaping the discussion around health, wellness, and fitness to empower health optimization through growth and sustainability.
VISION: The bigger picture
What do you want to be known for? Does having a vision makes you better able to change your life, or does being able to change your life make having a vision possible?
Your vision becomes your “why” and gives you a framework in which to evaluate your goals. Your vision will come from turning your purpose into action. Your purpose usually stays fairly constant, but your vision may evolve over time. A vision defines the optimal desired future state; it tells of what you would like to achieve over a longer time. Vision can be your personal “why” or the organization’s internal purpose of existence.
What is your current vision for how you plan to accomplish your purpose?
Our Vision at Nirvana Strength is to create a culture and environment that supports active physical, mental and social growth in a holistic way that encourages lifelong behavioral change.
GOALS: Individual experiences and accomplishments
Your goals should always support your vision, and your vision should always support your purpose. Use your goals to prioritize tasks based on whether they will get you closer to your goals.
Everything that we do at Nirvana Strength will continue to progress and become better. What are some of your goals related to the following areas?
What matters to you and what do you need and want from each of these areas? Though your vision and purpose may change over time as you gain greater insight into who you are as a human. Continue to base your decisions and goals from the vision and purpose you laid out. You will develop in all the areas above and become closer to the life and human you want to become.
Those that just let life pass by are typically those without a vision or goals. Don’t just survive life, thrive, and find your Nirvana.
Written by Ian MacLeod
Co-Founder & Head Coach at Nirvana Strength