vision and goals: meet derrick
posted: February 3, 2014
The above video encapsulates Derrick’s experience of setting a vision and achieving his goals. It is autobiographical, told by Derrick and produced by Derrick in his art form, film. But while Derrick’s story is profoundly his own, we’ll all recognize something of ourselves and for ourselves in it when it comes to taking responsibility and action in shaping our own lives.
I am living the vision I set down in print eight years ago—Derrick Belcham
The power of creating a clear 10-year vision for your life is that it will absolutely impact the path you are on right now.
Does that seem daunting to you? You’re not alone. The good news is that we are all capable of creating a powerful vision for our lives.
Paint a picture (in your mind or using any creative outlet that works for you) of where you want to be in 10 years. What do you want to achieve? What impact do you want to have? Who surrounds you? How do you want to feel?
Articulating this vision should feel exciting, emotional, and maybe even a little scary. What often stops us from writing down our vision is a simple little word: how. How will I get there? How do I achieve that?
Here’s the thing: you don’t need to know how you are going to get to your end goal. That’s right. You don’t need to know.
The beauty of creating a vision of your life 10 years from today is that you have time. You may not have the answers to “how” in this current moment, but you will have ample opportunities to discover that.
Think about yourself 10 years ago; remember where you were in your life, what you knew and where you were going. How much have you learned in that time? How much have you grown, matured, and developed? Now add another 10 years onto your life from today, and start to imagine how much more you are going to grow and learn. The possibilities are simply endless.
When Derrick left a job he loved in Vancouver he didn’t have any contacts in the filmmaking industry, but he did have a clear vision of himself living in New York City and telling stories with a camera. Although he didn’t know the exact path he would take to live that vision, he also didn’t provide himself with any alternatives other than continually striving toward it. By always keeping his end goal in mind, he was able to use every opportunity as growth instead of setback. In creating this video and sharing his path, Derrick is clearly living the vision he set out to achieve. His company, A Story Told Well, is a credit to his success, and a launching pad to achieve many more goals.
When you boldly declare a future for yourself (and mean it!), you too will start to notice and take opportunities you might not have recognized before.
So take some time, figure out what is truly important for you in the future and then declare it to yourself and to the world. Keep constant focus on that vision, and you will start heading for it. Don’t get attached to what you think the path is, see the value in twists and turns, just keep checking in with that end goal.
If you are just beginning your own journey, Derrick’s advice is straightforward: “Start immediately. Don’t consult anyone about the plausibility of the notion, don’t allow for any self-doubt. Just start doing the thing that you want to be doing far down the road, and eventually you will forget that there was ever an alternative.”
Liis Sober knows what it’s like to go all-in on an audacious vision of her future and redesign her life. Read her story.