“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Leadership is defined as having a vision, seeing something that no one else sees and then acting on that vision in a way that allows the collaborators to see the vision as well. A leader begins with an internal vision of how they want to see themselves and the internal dialogue then starts to define who they become. What does this have to do with me, you ask? What if you don’t want to be a leader?
If you never lead another person in your life, you must lead to yourself. Allowing your life to drift down a long river, bobbing along letting the current toss you and bump you to an unknown destination or worse yet to get caught in still spot to stagnate; is to take your life and hand it over to every other person you contact. A personal vision is a definition, a road map that has the unique ability to lead you and drive you at the same time. Distilling the image of the person you want to be into a crystal-clear model leads forward. When taking action contrary to the road map, having negative thoughts; your vision can drive you back in the direction you want to go. Living each moment as if you were the person you visualize yourself to be draws you ever onward, each reinforcement builds the drive for more.
I am a dancer because I dance, I am a writer because I write; and the more I dance, the more I write, the more I am a dancer or writer. To get there takes two simple steps, see who you want to be and live as though you were already there. The person you imagine defines the steps to get there. You see yourself as a medical doctor? What is your next step? Your vision will tell you. To be more than what you are today or a better version of who you are requires taking the leadership reins in your life and vision.