When there is no light at the end of the tunnel,
it becomes very dark.
--- Anthony Silard
One of life’s greatest dangers is to not have the faintest clue what to do next. You’ve no doubt seen movies about celebrities who lose their way and succumb to drugs, self-destructive behavior, and even suicide. They achieve their goals beyond their wildest expectations, find themselves without anything left to aim for, and enter a personal hell. Consider the trajectory of Johnny Cash’s life as depicted in the movie Walk the Line. Celebrity brings a rush of excitement to the life of a former door-to-door salesman from Arkansas, which is quickly followed by depression and an addiction to pills. What pulls him out of it? A compelling Vision to improve the lives of prisoners and to love a woman. Did the Man in Black ever finish helping prisoners and then say, “Been there, done that. Time for a new goal”? No way. Did he run out of love to give to June Carter? Never. What unattainable Vision do you have that you will never stop working toward? To be a loving and devoted parent? To be an excellent doctor on the cutting-edge of health care treatment? To help people attune to their inner energy through the most compassionate yoga instruction possible? I realize this is a hard sell. I’m asking you to buy a ticket to a destination you’ll never reach. I know it sounds counterintuitive. So why buy your ticket? Because it’s the journey—not the destination—that gives your life meaning. To step on board, ask yourself this question over the next few days: “What will I never attain, yet willingly pursue for a lifetime?” Answering this question will help you discover your deepest passion and life Vision.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).