“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”- Seneca
Have you ever started doing something without even knowing why you are doing it or where you want to go by accomplishing it? Have you ever had the experience of doing many things but not achieving enough?
How did you feel in such situations? Exhausted? Confused? Drained? Overwhelmed? Lost? Dissatisfied?
Have you ever thought about what could be the reason for feeling exhausted, confused, drained, overwhelmed, lost, or dissatisfied despite all the activities that you have had?
The main reason is lack of a motivator called vision!
Without vision you are like the captain of a ship whose compass doesn’t function. Without vision you are like a driver who does not know where his destination is. Without vision you are like a traveller who does not know the purpose of her trip or where she is heading to.
Unfortunately, many organizations do not have a powerful vision or if they do, it is not communicated properly. Either way they do not succeed in the long term especially during tough times like economy crises.
Authentic leaders are visionary in both their personal and professional lives. They create powerful visions, communicate their visions to their people, and motivate them to act toward achieving their visions.
Having a clear picture of where we want to be or what we want to become is key in staying on track toward not only reaching the destination but also hitting the target.
In any leadership task that I take, defining a clear and motivating vision is the first thing that I do because when I see the big picture and know where I am heading to the chances of getting to the destination are much bigger.
Following are 7 reasons why having a clear and powerful vision is crucial to your success:
Vision shows you the big picture
When you have a vision you see beyond what physical eyes can see. You bring your imagination into play. A powerful vision will help you zoom out and see the big picture. When you see the big picture, you would be able to connect the dots and understand why certain things happen.
With vision, you no longer get stuck in details due to local events that happen here and there especially during tough times. You no longer count temporary setbacks as failures.
By seeing the big picture, you know that you need to face challenges and adversities in order to get closer and closer to fulfilling your vision. As a visionary leader, the unexpected storms are no longer a surprise because you see the big picture and therefore you are ever ready.
Vision helps you focus
In the absence of a clear vision, you may become distracted with short term goals. You may lose control of your leadership ship when you hit unexpected storms. Presence of a powerful vision helps you focus on the worthy and what takes you to your final destination.
When you are focused, you are not afraid of what comes in front of you because at any situation you turn the wheel of your leadership ship toward the destination with the help of you vision compass.
Vision gives you direction
When you define a clear and powerful vision, you are aware of where you are going. Your vision unfolds an invisible map on which your direction is clearly highlighted. Without vision you sail your leadership ship in the darkness and the chances for getting lost are high because you don’t have any compass to guide you. When there is no destination, there is no specific direction either.
An effective vision can move nations by motivating them to act toward achieving a united purpose. Although many may claim that they have visions for their organizations, communities, or companies, their visions may not be motivating enough to excite people for moving toward the vision.
Vision stretches you
A powerful vision is normally big enough to challenge the dreamer. It helps the leader and his followers stretch themselves and increase their capacity. The bigger the capacity, the easier it is to accommodate change without being negatively impacted. A good vision takes the leader out of his or her comfort zone to achieve what once seemed impossible to achieve.
Vision energizes you
Powerful and motivating visions are designed and painted by passionate leaders. As discussed in the previous chapter, passion turns the switch of your positive energy generator on. Therefore, your vision has the potential to energize you and keep you energized all the time. Your vision can provide the necessary fuel for your leadership journey through its link with your passion and purpose.
Vision is pre-requisite for projects
Without a great vision, great projects that produce great outcomes cannot be defined. In other words, vision is a pre-requisite for defining and prioritizing projects. If projects are not linked with the vision, they may not be successful or they may not serve the purpose in the long term.
In sum, action without vision is nightmare. Without vision we may do a lot but may achieve a little. Without vision we may give up too soon. So, it is crucial to develop a powerful yet simple and clear vision for ourselves, our organization, and our people.
By Nathan Dean