“Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs” – Vaclav Havel
How can you and I possibly use this leadership quote?
Your vision is not enough! There is a lot of talk about vision, values and personal mission statements. These alone will not help you to move in a concrete way towards your goals. I encourage you to work hard to define your personal vision. Ina any case, when you have is very clear in your mind, that is not enough.
The Big Issue
There is a big issue with achieving your vision. You may think that by writing it in big letters and putting it on your wall, you will achieve it. Yes, it will help. The process you went through to define it will have revealed much about you and your ideas. But I have seen many people with a clear vision who don’t take the action necessary to fulfil it.
That way, they sit there and think of this vision and become even more frustrated than they were before they defined it! It’s no good just having a dream. You need to work on it! Nobody will achieve anything just by dreaming.
Inspirational leadership quotes and principles are just that – they give you inspiration. However, you need to find a way to start putting this dream into action, moving towards your vision. Stare at the steps and see what is at the top. Dream your dream at the start of your working day. Spend a couple of minutes staring up at your vision. But you must do more than that. Make sure you have a proper action list and that every step, every action is a step upwards towards your vision. Then, start working through your action list with sharp focus.
When you take that action, that step of progress towards your vision, however small the step, you will feel fulfilled. You will find yourself encouraged to seek out the next steps up the stairs towards your vision.
So, dream your dream, picture your vision at the top of that stairway and then make certain that your plan is broken down into action steps. Check that each action step is in the clear direction upwards towards your vision. Then, take those steps and surely you will fulfil your vision. I do believe we’ve taken a lot out of that great leadership quote.
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