Vision is critical.

If used properly it is the GUIDING FORCE of your endeavors.

Just as you need a compass or sexton to circumnavigate the earth or explore some new territory, you need a vision to maintain a successful course.

If you have ever attempted to obtain outside financing for a business venture, you know that you are required to have a business plan to guide your goals, strategies, actions, participants, etc.

And yet, in spite of its paramount importance in life – most people DO NOT have a vision, CANNOT articulate their purpose and guiding force. Such a state of affairs will be unacceptable moving forward in High Performance Leadership. As Helen Keller said so eloquently:

"The only thing worse than being blind is having SIGHT and no VISION."
Helen Keller
Author

Once you have been properly assisted in developing and writing (or articulating) a VISION, it will be equally imperative to establish GOALS and ACTION PLANS.

As Vance Havner said, “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”

In other words, we can’t create ALIGNMENT and ACTION by simply issuing orders.

"Activities without goals are directionless. Goals without vision are meaningless."
Jack Zwissig
High Performance Leadership

Vision Guides Greatness

One of the best descriptions I have ever heard regarding vision came from a culture that treasured their interaction and relationship with nature.

To them, a VISION came from the word ILLUMINATION.

A VISION was like the SUN, it brought light and warmth to a person and their life.

To turn from one’s vision was akin to turning your back to the sun – to stare at a cold shadow (your past).

To embrace your vision was to be able to see what you could not see without the sun’s brightness.

As Shiv Khera said,

“Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the IMPOSSIBLE.”

"Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the IMPOSSIBLE." -Shiv Khera

Perhaps the most important aspect of VISION is that it is your starting point…your frame of reference

If we hold a pen at should height and ask you, “Is it higher or lower?”

Your response will likely be a question, “Than what?” You cant answer without a frame of reference.

If we reply, “Is it higher or lower than the floor?”  Your answer becomes easy because you can now compare the height of the pen and the floor – the pen is higher.

Your VISION, when used as your guide for frame of reference allows you to stay on course, prioritize, and feel the warmth of your PURPOSE.

Creating your NEW VISION

Some input about creating your NEW VISION.

  1. It must be SHORT, SWEET, MEMORABLE, even a little SEXY. If it is too long, you won’t remember it and won’t be able to use it.
  2. It should be a little vague which elicits further explanation in the GOALS. An example is the VISION of NASA (The United States Space Program) -“EXPLORE SPACE.” It was a broad enough vision that continues to resonate and inspire to this daily has led to Goals like landing on the moon, exploring Mars, etc.

3. It is your frame of reference and should be used as a planning tool. A U.S University had a VISION statement for basketball games that exclaimed,

“A WOW EXPERIENCE for ALL” Each week they created new exciting ways for attendees to experience a WOW!

They had their most successful season ever.

Let’s create that powerful guiding force that adds purpose and meaning to your life.

Don’t try to make it too perfect at first. I often give people a VISION to try until they create their own, personal, unique VISION. Here it is –

My vision is to be:

“Happy and Successful both Personally and Professionally.”

Please feel free to use it until you are comfortable with your own.

Remember, this is about a personal vision for the purpose of getting started in High Performance Leadership.

What do you value?
What matters to you?
What excites you?

Sometimes people have difficulty seeing a possible future for themselves.

As best you can, describe your ideal life for yourself five years from now. How will it feel?

Pick out the key words – results, experiences and shorten your future (description) to a VISION.

Share your vision with several trusted friends.

Practice using it for two weeks.

In the next blog I’ll discuss Goal setting that you can apply to your life or business.

Happy Visioning,
Jack

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