This weekend we attended a child’s birthday party and one of the games was pin the tail on the donkey. The object of the game is to get as close to the correct location while being blindfolded and dizzy. I’ve never really gotten the game’s appeal until I realized that it is a genius life lesson.
Imagine trying to accomplish anything without being able to see, or having a clear direction of where you are headed. Then factor in the friends standing around you calling out “helpful” directions. What a perfect image of what life is like without goals, a purpose, or a steady support system; a ride that takes you nowhere.
Hopefully Charles Zimmerling (inventor of Pin the Tail on the Donkey) made millions from this genius idea that without vision or direction you create chaos.
I think what Mr. Zimmerling was trying to teach us was in order to combat this dizzy-directionless wandering you need to have a clear vision of what your purpose is in life. What are your goals? What are you working towards? And what steps are you taking to get there?
Take a few minutes and write down a vision for where you would like to be headed. Here are a few articles that might help guide you in producing a personal vision statement…
This post from Thousand Insights is for business vision statements but the principles are the same.
Specimen templates gives some personal vision statement examples here.
Have you already created a personal vision statement? And isn’t it great we can learn so much from childhood games.