Vision is simply the answer to the question
“what do I truly want for it’s own sake?”
~ Peter Senge
Years ago I heard Dave Ramsey teach on Entreleadership, years before the book, when he was just teaching his employees. This one thing on vision casting really stuck with me:
You must cast your vision every 21 days.
It seems repetitive and short term, but I really tested that idea out in the last year. I was at a point where I really understood my envisioned future and set it up where I would receive this email every 21 days:
I am a stay-at-home-dad of two, soon to be three under the age of two.
Deep down, I desire to help individuals and groups who are focused on providing value to the world. Each time an organization makes a trade, the world is changed. I sum up my desire like this:
Support Private Solutions to Public Problems
The more I can help organizations make trades the better the world will be.
At the same time, I am limited as all stay at home parents are. A Stay-At-Home-Dad or Mom is on call 24/7 and there are periods of time when you must throw all plans out the window to take care of children.
Connecting – Build Relationships
I will have more freedom in the future. All the children will be able to feed themselves, and fully communicate their needs. Blocks of time will be occupied with school and other activities.
One thing I can do now is build relationships.
If you cannot envision something happening in your mind, it almost certainly will not happen & if it does, it was not due to you.
~Jonathan Nation, May 1, 2012
This morning I read a post by Seth Godin that starts something like this:
[three particular jobs or industries] are largely about pattern matching. Something happens, something else happens and it’s the beginning of a trend.
The questions that popped in my head:
- Do I see trends before others?
- Do you see me as someone who can see patterns & trends early on?