Aspects of Vision
At the beginning of the new year I thought I would share with you some aspects regarding your vison or the vision you have for your life, marriage, business etc.Vision is the set focus that will drive your life. It might sound scary, I must have this singular focus on which my entire life will rest on or be determined? If you look at it that way, it might seem like a daunting task. It is quite challenging to decide today on the very thing that will define your life forever. I hope to break it down in some systematic steps that will help you set your vision. It’s simply that, steps you need to take towards establishing your vision more than picking some random idea to last you for a lifetime. I hope you are a bit more relaxed and that you are looking forward towards taking the steps to establish your vision. If you already have one, that’s great! Maybe you can add or adjust it a bit or define it even more. What I’m about to share with you is my personal beliefs, you don’t have to adopt it 100%, you can use what works for you.
Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others”.
I find this to be an interesting portion of scripture. In the passage the Lord answers the prophet, revealing to us that the prophet asked Him a question. What questions are you asking (or asking God) concerning your life? Vision is an answer to your questions. What questions are you asking? Surely, we can’t just go through life without asking question? Why I am here? What is my purpose? I’m sure almost everyone has asked that question at least once in their life. Why? Because we all want to know what direction your life needs to take, for what reason and if it will be worth it. So, here are some of my aspect on vison that I want to share with you:
- Vision comes from God.
Your vison needs to come from outside of your ability, environment or thinking. It must be beyond you. I believe mine comes from God. If you don’t have one, find someone who has one and serve/support their vision until you have your own. There is nothing wrong to help someone get to their destiny, on the journey, you will discover yours. What do you love to do? Can you package that? What brings fulfilment to your life? These are some questions I want you to consider regarding your vision.
- Write it down.
Some people might say, I don’t need to write it down. I will remember, don’t worry! I believe Mark Twain said: “The dullest pencil will always remember more than the sharpest mind.” Take time to write down your vision that you have for your life. Having it in front of you will give more clarity and focus on what you want to achieve. People are visual and we think in pictures. If I say to you, pineapple. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most probably a yellow/orange fruit with a green leaf structure or pineapple slices that we buy in a tin container. Therefore, it’s important that you make a visual imprint of what your vision looks like. See it in front of you continually.
- Make it plain.
What does make it plain mean? It simply means that you must work it out. I know you understand the vision but is it possible for others to identify and clarify what you are doing? Many a time people can have an intricate and sophisticated vision that no one understands. Does your vision produce passion and excitement in others? Do people feel part of what you are doing or trying to achieve? Make sure your vision is relatable to others. Many years ago, I was involved with developing a curriculum for leaders and I gave the draft to a friend who had experience in curriculum development for an international company to get some pointers. The first thing he asked me was; “If someone, who had no idea or insight into the topic, had to pick up your curriculum, would they understand what you are trying to teach?” This made me consider whether I made this curriculum relevant for people of all walks of life. Make sure you do the same with your vision.
- Empower others to run with it.
If you are the driver of the vision, you need other people to assist you in accomplishing the vision. Do you have someone that can run with the idea, thought or vision that you have? None of us will accomplish our dream and vision on our own, unless it’s a very small one. We all need a team. You have the opportunity to hand pick the people you want to work with you that will assist you in bringing this vision to pass. Build a team! Know the purpose and part that you play in fulfilling your vision and those you need around you. So many successful sports stars today have multiple people on their team to help them succeed. The greatest companies, sports team, universities had to at some point in time share and trust other people to assist them in building that dream or vision.
Lastly but probably the most important or significant aspect of a vision is:
- Check the accuracy of the vision.
“Carry the message correctly”
Most people fail at this point. We think that because we told or showed people the vision that it will get done. My friend, you cannot expect what you don’t inspect! Dr Sam Chand says vision leaks. You can share something with your team or people thinking they will do exactly what you asked for but be disappointed if the result is not what you had in mind. Therefore, find or develop a system for you to check and confirm the accuracy of your vision.
- Get a vision. Where are you going to get one? Vision comes from God.
- Write it down. Why? Because we forget stuff.
- Make it plain. Develop it, work it out, make it easy for people to understand.
- Get a team. Get someone to run with it, know your plan, know your people and know where they fit in.
- Check for accuracy. Make sure that what you set out to do is done correctly.
I read something so powerful, Freddie Douglas said this, “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”. I want you to ask yourself; “that which I am busy building, am I building it correctly? Do I have a clear vision of where I want my life to move towards? If you need to change or adjust, do so now before its set. Follow through and trust your vision to come to fulfilment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]