“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A Barker
On a really practical level, “vision” can be defined as the ability to see. Just like our eyes have vision that allows us to see and then react accordingly to our surroundings, vision in business operates the same way.
Like bricks being laid on top of one another to create a house, each decision we make is building on one another to create a future reality. A vision acts as a blueprint to build.
A team of people can rally around a defined vision and can also help leaders make big decisions. Vision provides clarity and confidence to move forward both individually and corporately.
To have lasting and purposeful impact, the decisions we make must be made with a vision in mind. Whether we know it or not, we all make decisions based on a vision we have for the future. We have a sense of what we want to accomplish or the impact we want to make, but without taking time to define the vision, we can feel confused and find it difficult to link what we are doing on the micro-level with how it changes things on a larger scale.
So what’s the first step to defining vision? The very first step is simply realizing it’s powerful worth and then choosing to devote the time and energy needed to define it with clarity and communicate it with confidence.
YOUR vision is important and you have what it takes not just to “make it” but to thrive and make a lasting difference in the world around you!
words by lindsay – project manager