I ran across this quote as I was reading Ravi Ravindra's translation Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. It made me re-evaluate my goals regarding fitness, career, and attitude. What are my goals (or visions) in regards to these aspects of my life? Are these goals supported by action?
This quote reconfirmed the fact that you need to have BOTH vision and action to succeed.
This is why I ask my clients for a specific goal when beginning any fitness program. Clients say: "I want to lose weight." I ask "How much? Where on your body do you feel you need to lose weight?" Clients say "I want to relieve stress." I ask "What do you see yourself doing with your time once you are free of stress? What improvements would you like to see in your work and home life?" It is important to have a clear vision of what you want, your ideal body or attitude.
It is only after that goal is set that you can create a plan of action. Then you actually have to DO IT! You have to dive in without hesitation, without procrastination. There will always be an excuse not to go for that run. You are tired, it is cold outside, it is hot outside, you just ate, you didn't eat enough... The list goes on. If you don't execute and take action, your vision is just a dream. It is not a reality.
And how can action without vision become a nightmare? Have you ever been running on a treadmill and thought "Why am I doing this? I don't want to be here." Hard work for no good reason does not feel good. It is a nightmare. But what if you had an answer? "I am running because I want to fit into that size 4 pair of jeans I use to love." You imagine yourself walking down the street looking awesome in those jeans. That feels good. That makes the sweat and the hard work bearable, and maybe even enjoyable. And if it feels good, you are more likely to keep doing it.
So define your goals, set a plan of action, and then execute.
Vision + Action = Success