Vision always comes first. Always. If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy. If you don’t have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.” Michael Hyatt explaining how he turned his business around.
Vision is the essential first step to success – whether it’s in your professional life or your personal life. You have to be crystal clear on what you are aiming for and why you want to achieve it. You can read about building your vision for your business here.
There are 5 aspects of vision that don’t often get written or talked about and I’d like to address them in this blog because they are the difference between success and failure.
1) Vision is a lot like satin sheets.
If you don’t get hold of it and pin it down, Vision slides away into the shadows and you won’t be able to coax it out again.
You have to write down your Vision Statement. There are examples on Google Images here
Use the present tense [I have, I can, I own etc] as it makes your Vision more solid and accessible.
Don’t hold back or self-edit – write what’s on your heart to achieve. The best Visions are compelling and irresistible – to you and others whose help you might need along the way.
Read through it every day.
Pray over it and ask for guidance and wisdom.
Share it with people who are either a part of the Vision or who will support you or both.
2) Ensure you and your team are on the same page
If your are heading up a team, regularly check that everyone is 100% clear about the Vision and its benefits.
We all tend to interpret what we hear or read, differently. You can’t afford for there to be ambiguity amongst your co-workers – if there is any doubt or misunderstanding, the Vision will get muddled or lost.
As well as sharing your ideas, ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. This ensures that your co-workers feel included and also that you understand where your co-workers are coming from.
And don’t forget to celebrate every small step along the road to success! This is highly motivating – and enjoyable 🙂
3) Vision is demanding
I enjoy reading about people who’ve been successful in different fields. There is always something that to learn. And I’ve recognised that there is one thing they all have in common – can you guess what it is? 🙂 – they worked to attain their Vision.
And the thing is that none of them minded the long hours of hard slog. In fact a lot of them actually enjoyed it – because they were working towards something they were passionate about.
And that’s the key – passion.
Without blazing, unstoppable passion you’re going to falter somewhere down the line, because there will be days (not many, hopefully) when you’ll just want to curl up in a corner and cry or tear your hair out in frustration. Because. Nothing. Is. Going. Right.
Here’s a mini-test to check that you and your Vision are compatible 🙂
- Does your Vision excite you?
- Is it always at the forefront of your mind?
- Can you easily break it down into manageable steps?
- Do you feel energised at the thought of working towards it?
- Are you willing to do everything needs to be done?
If you’ve answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, find a quiet spot with no distractions and review your Vision Statement. How can you fine tune it? What’s missing? Have you watered it down in some way so that it doesn’t excite you? Is it totally your Vision or someone else’s.
If you feel stuck, get in touch (email@example.com) and we’ll arrange a Power Hour session that will help you get clear.
4) Vision needs belief
1) Belief in the Vision – that it’s the right one and that it’s doable
2) Belief in yourself – that you want to pursue it and that you can achieve it.
3) Belief that this is what God wants you to do. Pray and ask for wisdom and guidance.
5) Vision brings happiness which leads to success
Just the idea of working towards your Vision should put a smile on your face and make you skip down the street – well maybe not the skipping 🙂
Feeling happy and positive significantly improves performance. For example, we think more creatively, grasp ideas more quickly, react faster.
So, it goes without saying that if your Vision doesn’t make your heart beat faster with excitement and anticipation, then you’re not going to be working at full capacity and you need to have a rethink.
Vision is a big topic for a blog post – if you’ve got any questions, please get in touch.
Commit to reading your vision daily. This is critically important. “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).