If someone were to present a set of Olympic medals to the top three finalists for key phrases that help propel us toward living an exceptional style of life, the finalists might very well be:
*I see! *I must! *I will!
I see is vision.
It is the ability -- or sense -- of a "way we need to go." It may be an inner emotion that says...
"We should do this... and we can do this."
It may be a burden on the heart that won't go away. Or a dream that must be realized.
You just see it.
You see the book produced, the organization formed, the children helped, the homes built, or the people energized.
This is the feeling that something *must* be done.
In this phase of living the exceptional style of life, there is a strong personal *conviction* that is inherently present at the beginning or developed over a period of time.
I see -- that's vision. I must -- that's conviction.
No surprise here: the final medallist that steps onto the winners' block is *determination.*
As the watching world expresses its appreciation...
What *could* be done Is joined by what *must* be done And they both welcome what *will* done...
Into the spotlight reserved for those who survived years and years of training for the purpose of receiving the honor they deserve.
SAID IN ANOTHER WAY...
Right Vision + Strong Conviction + Determination = Focused, Exceptional Living
And of course that spells "influence" in great big capital letters.
Think about it:
The power of living an exceptional life is the power of influence.
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT
May I encourage you to hold on to the positive, well thought through "visions" you have entertained over the years?
And to pay attention to the feelings inside of you that say, "This must be done"?
Maybe the timing is not right... for now. Maybe it shouldn't happen... just yet.
Or possibly it should! It could be the time for determination to take the stand and cause you to make the first step towards the accomplishment your vision.
Or the second. Or the third.
I don't know -- but chances are you do.
Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,
------------------------------- Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living." Permission is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be included. Email: Lee@seariches.net Link: http://www.motivation-for-daily-living.net