The word “vision” has many meanings. Here is how we define a well-crafted vision, whether it is for who you intend to be as a leader, what you envision for your team, your organization, your family, or the legacy you intend to leave behind. An effective vision is:
Visual: It is something you can actually “see” (a word-picture, metaphor, graphic representation, vision board, mind map, sketch, visualization or similar)
Energizing: When you think of it and/or “see it,” it fills you with positive energy and expectation
Focusing: It becomes a natural “filter” for prioritizing your resources (energy, time, money, etc.)
Inspiring: When you can “see it” so clearly and with positive expectation, you more naturally describe it to your stakeholders with clarity and passion
Aligning: When your stakeholders “see it,” too, they are more empowered to help you achieve it
Aspirational: It is focused on the “what it looks like” and “why it is meaningful”
Empowering: This allows you to temporarily turn down the “how do we get there” editor, which often gets in the way of even arriving at a clear vision
Engaging: Reducing the “noise” on the “how” invites broader possibilities, resources, and opportunities to “show up” than we might ever have imagined on our own
Synergizing: This is our fancy word for the "synchronicity" that occurs when we engage all of the above.
That is why we LOVE this quote. It has been attributed to both Wolfgang von Goethe and William Hutchison Murray:
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues forth from the decision, raising in one's favor
all manner of unforseen incidents, meetings and material assistance
which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."