January Powerful Word – VISION – Week 1


To clearly imagine my goals as if I’ve already achieved them.

As leaders, you know that vision is an extremely important part of successful goal-setting. Without vision, the goal simply becomes something you say you’re going to do– not something that has a highly developed sensory component that keeps you motivated, driven, clear and focused. Joel Barker once said; “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” We must take charge of our futures by creating a powerful vision of what we want and then taking action on it. This month, let’s talk about our goals and vision for 2011.

This week, we’re talking about what our goals look like in our vision. Think of your most pressing goal for 2011. What does it look like in your mind? How does that vision translate into action? How does your vision affect you? The point here is to be as specific as you can– not just about what your mind sees but how that clarity and that goal affect how you conduct yourself and see yourself. Speaker, Rosabeth Moss Kanter. said it well when she said, “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.” How can we inspire others as well as ourselves to choose goals and develop visions that help to develop our character and how we can make the world better– rather than simply helping oneself?

This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to rate your vision on a scale from 1-10, 1 being very unclear and 10 being very clear. How can you develop a vision that helps you get motivated and focused?