Six qualities of a worthwhile vision for the New Year.
Well Christmas is behind us, a new year is ahead of us. Now is the time to reflect over the next few days on all we have dreamed and accomplished in 2015 and to plan for all that we dream to accomplish in 2016.
A few years back, I was looking for a word that defined courage and determination and motivation and resolve all in one. I found the word “insuperable”. It means: something not easily overcome, over whelmed or passed by. As I reflect on the obstacles, challenges, failures and mistakes of 2015, I realize I am still charging forward because my long range vision is still in tact and still worth fighting for. I believe if the vision that drives us is insuperable, we will face significant odds with great determination.
Here are my six qualities of an Insuperable Vision.
I hear people describe what motivates them in several ways. Their ideas are often foggy at best. At worst their ideas are ambiguous and difficult to comprehend. If we want to be driven to accomplish great things in the new year, we must paint a very clear and describable picture of what true success will look like.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Where will I be standing the moment all my goals come to completion in there fullest?
- Who would I be surrounded by? How will I feel emotionally?
- What sights and sounds would I expect to be inundated by in that 30 second window of realization?
- Paint that mental picture clearly in your mind. Feel it? Hear it? See it? WRITE IT DOWN!
Your vision should not be merely a “candy store wish list” of things you want just because they would be cool to have or do. An inspired vision is one that not only demands the best of you to come alive, but demands the best you have to offer to be expressed. An inspired vision will draw out your strengths, your gifts, your talents, passions, your joy and your purpose. An inspired vision comes from above, “in spirited” as a Heavenly expression of what you were initially made for.
My mentor John Maxwell says, “If you can do it alone, the dream isn’t big enough.” How boring would it be to go through life doing only what comes easy? If we are going to be driven by a vision, shouldn’t it be a vision that drives others to greatness as well? Shouldn’t we appeal to the greater good of many to help accomplish this vision? Shouldn’t we also look to add value to and bless as many people as possible? Allow your vision to explode within you and expand your realm and your impact.
“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less.” John Maxwell. Those with clear vision are leaders. They challenge the status quo. Leaders with vision influence people they have never met and people they will not likely meet before they pass on from this life. Think of those names we often repeat when we speak of civil rights, the founding of America, the creation of “iThings”. We will not likely meet the people on whom our vision has the greatest impact. But if we develop and live to complete a Vivid, Inspired, Significant vision, we will have incredible influence for generations to come.
I am convinced that living for self alone is the epitome of selfish living. I was not made to spend 70-100 years on this mud-ball collecting things that moths and rust will destroy. I was left here to Roar! And so were you! We were given significant power to rid the world of suffering and hopelessness. How selfish must we be to seek after only what is good and pleasing for us. Challenge your own vision to be a vision that INFLUENCES OTHERS for the greater good of mankind. Bring out the best in people. Drive them to be more, do more, have more so they can influence more and repeat the process until it becomes a legacy.
Yes, I truly believe that a great vision will compel me to face obstacles, to charge on against adversity, to endure great failure and heartache. I believe this because I have seen it. First, as a parent passionate about their child’s well being. Also as a Fire Fighter risking my life to safe another. Finally as a leader making sacrificial decisions that cost me immeasurably because it was the right thing for the organization. But nobility here does not refer to me as the vision holder, it refers to others as the beneficiaries.
I believe a great vision, an insuperable vision will be a picture of what God wants to do in and through you that will reach large numbers of people and influence them to do even greater good for those around them.
As you imagine the feeling of thousands of leaders doing what they are best in the world at, following a plan that was once whispered in your head, documented in your journal, spoken to your loved ones, then proclaimed for all the world to hear — how does that feel?
J Loren Norris is a Conference Speaker and Certified John Maxwell Team Leadership Coach. Loren is the creator of the Insuperable Vision Workshop, 2 Hour Course designed to help other create and craft their own personal Insuperable Vision. This workshop is hosted live in the Dallas Ft Worth area annually and is also available as a home study course on audio CD. Loren will be hosting a live preview of this workshop on January 6th at Christian Business Nurturing. This event is free and open to any who would like to attend.