When was the last time you had your vision checked? I don't mean an eye exam. If you wear glasses, like me, you should see your optometrist or ophthalmologist every year, especially if you strain your eyes at work (who doesn't); or if your early 30s are growing increasingly distant. That's part of an overall health strategy that should ensure your body remains fit inside and out.

Your vision is altogether different. It's not what you see with your eyes. It's what you "see" for yourself in the future. It's how you envision your life unfolding.

And it's just as important as your eyesight—if not more so. Heck, Ray Charles had a bold vision for his life—and he made it happen!

Without a vision, you're meandering through your days without direction or purpose.

Without a vision, you're more likely to be stymied by the road bumps of each day.

Without a vision, you're just living. Maybe.

I'm sure you have goals. Almost everyone does. You might want to get a raise or a promotion. You may want to buy a new car or a home. Maybe take a vacation or write a book. Or even rise to become CEO or editor in chief.

Those are great goals. But they're not a vision. A vision is much more; it's bigger than a mere achievement. Your goals, as big as they might be, can be checked off like items on a grocery list. Check. Check. Check.

Not a vision.

A vision articulates the impact you want to have on others.

And it might take a lifetime to achieve.

Now some of you might be thinking: "How arrogant! Who dares to outline such a path for themselves?"

Well, I do. And so do many, many others. After all, what's the point of being here if you don't touch others along the way?

Editing a magazine was one of my goals, but it was not my vision. Now, my vision is to inspire men and women to lead fit, healthy lives, and perhaps in some small way, alter the sad and troubling trend of obesity in our nation.

Bold? Certainly. But small visions do not affect change.

You might also be thinking that you're not capable of having a vision. It's hard enough to pay your bills, handle a relationship, maintain your career, or simply keep a job.

It's hard just to survive today. Forget about tomorrow.

Wrong answer! Having a vision is vital to your survival, to your revival. And your journey—your way out and up—just might be an inspiration to others. To people you don't even know.

Almost everyone has 20/20 eyesight. Even most of us who have always opened our eyes each morning and seen nothing but a fuzzy mess can see clearly with eyeglasses or laser surgery.

But you don't need a doctor to fix poor vision. There's no medical procedure needed to see beyond the fuzzy mess of today.

Check your own vision. Then correct it. Create it. Live it.

Roy S. Johnson
Men's Fitness
Editor In Chief



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