Today, we will begin, as we often do with a definition. The word today is. It is a word we hear daily, often tossed around in the things we read, as well as our organizations. But, not everyone understands this word in the same fashion. And, it is hard to keep a team moving forward if we are not all using the same, or similar definitions, of what we are trying to achieve.
What does “vision” mean?
There are a myriad of definitions, but we will stick with the ones germane to our discussion.
Vision is seeing something or projecting something that we hope for or anticipate for the future. And, although we live in the here and now, today by being present, most of us see something beyond today’s nightfall. If we do not, especially if we are in a business enterprise, then each day would be much the same, with no next in mind. All tasks would have the same importance, and eventually, the same low priority. Or, alternatively, we would be on high-alert, because everything is vitally important.
Getting things done, getting anything done, would all soon be bereft of importance if we continually function in either of these extreme states all the time. For instance, our morning grooming routine would either become totally unimportant, or be the most important thing we think we need to get done for the day. Prepping for our presentations would mean nothing, or we would forsake everything else in life, including our loved ones, for the sake of getting it done. We would be bored stiff or absolutely exhausted when we finally reached the “end” of each day’s journey.
How we get through each day comes from our sense, and need for prioritization. Choosing what is important and what is not. What things have an important impact on today, and what is important for the future.
The future lies in the vision. Vision lies in tomorrow, next week, next year, the next decade…
What are we preparing ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and the people we interact with and lead to do?
Where are we going?
Why are we going?
What is the hallmark of the agenda we all all working toward?
How will we know when we get there?
How are we going to get there?
Along with our vision, we need a plan.