Point of a vision

Point of a vision is the future

Point of a vision—the future

“Visions are waste of time. What’s the point of a vision posted on a wall?”
“They should know what I want. I’ve said it at the company meeting… yes it was 5 months ago.”
“I’ve got a good vision…but no one else buys into it…well, they might not know about it.”
“My vision is to be successful. That’s it. What else is there?”
Okay now.  These are actual sentences spoken by real people. You may know someone like this. Heck, you might be one.
Why do these people discount visions?

One big reason is that it is risky to dream big. It’s a pain to over communicate. It takes discipline and intention to drive home change.
Visions also take us out of our comfort zone. Visions push us, inspire us, drive us to do more.

If you are a leader take note.

  • Visions of the future form the foundation to sustained achievement, alignment and effective execution.
  • Visions are:  1) vivid, 2) positive and inspiring, 3) realistically high, 4) focused and clear, and 5) they are your picture of the future.
  • Visions are constantly communicated and embedded into the very fabric of a vibrant organization.

What is your vision? Do you have one?Is your vision written, communicated often? If not, why not?

Best vision quotes ever. These drive home the point of a vision.

1. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

2. “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

3. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

4. “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau

5. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey

6. “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” – Carl Jung

7. “The empires of the future are empires of the mind.” – Winston Churchill

8. “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

9. “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

10. “Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: ‘Who do we intend to be?’ Not ‘What are we going to do?’ but ‘Who do we intend to be?’ – Max DePree

11. “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

12. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay

13.”Where there is no vision the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18

14. “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

15. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

16. “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” – Robert Fritz

17. “Create your future from your future, not your past.” – Werner Erhard

18. “To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” – Seneca

19. “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler

20. “To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.: – Anatole France

Do you believe visions are necessary to execute effectively to achieve goals?

Why? Why not?

What would you say is the point of a vision?

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