Use your imagination. If your vision is not clear how can anyone follow it?
It’s easy for a vision to become blurred
So, you have a great idea. However, the more time that you spend on trying to bring it to reality, the more you notice that your idea is not perfect. So, you go back to the drawing board, tweaking your business model, adding new ideas, modifying your strategies and generally trying to bring clarity to your vision.
Before you know it, your vision takes on a whole new identity, and no matter what you do, you’re just not satisfied or successful with it. Nothing seems to be working for you.
When this happens, it’s time to clarify your vision, taking out the fuzziness and really focusing on bringing about clarity. Your vision must lay the foundation for your future decision-making and such that people will follow it and act on it. If your vision stays fuzzy, you become groundless for making it happen, it will not be supported. It could even put your future at risk.
“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore the possibilities”. Tim Fargo
It can be hard not to be swayed and tempted by trends, new ventures and unbelievable opportunities, especially if you’re experiencing lacklustre sales and unfruitful marketing. However, if you can clarify your vision and do the things you need to do to keep your business on track, you’ll eventually be able to make room for new ideas and pursue them individually.
If you’ve struggled with committing to your vision or if you’re tempted to venture into something new, here are some things to consider to clarify your vision.
Before you can make real progress, you need to believe in your dream.
Values must be shared for your vision to work
If you want to improve your current reality? Your values must also be apparent in your vision, Don’t try to impose your values on others. Look forward to great outcomes when you employ and engage people with similar values they can freely share.
A clear set of values agreed and understood by stakeholders are often found in successful organisations. If you are yet to establish a set of values, take steps to identify and develop them. Integrity is revealed when your actions and choices are congruent with your vision and values. In other words, doing what you say you’re going to do.
Lack of congruence in values is a destroyer of relationships and eventually visions. It can also lead to health and well-being issues because it leads to lowering of energy levels and unwanted stress.
Don’t avoid the tough questions
What is it that you really want to do? How will you do it? How will it benefit your stakeholders? How will it benefit you? These are the core questions that should be addressed when clarifying your vision. Spend time honing in on the answers and not settling with quick responses that sound good, but don’t have value.
You’ll come to realise that it takes time, patience, thoughtfulness and great planning to really answer these questions so that your vision really makes sense. When you can’t figure out what you need to do, instead of analysing it to death or walking away, turn to trusted advisors, or step away and have a few days off.
Always trust yourself
Doubt plays a significant role in whether most people finish what they start. If you doubt your vision and doubt the process, you ultimately doubt your likelihood of success. Every business experiences setbacks and challenges. The ones that defeat them do so because of a clear vision and a can-do attitude.
Stay committed to your vision and make modifications based on what your customers are looking for and even demand. Visions can fail, not because you don’t believe in yourself or your idea, but because you rely too much on your own understanding and try to go it alone.
Correctly set your expectations
It is pretty difficult to build mutually clear expectations with others if you don’t know exactly what they are and understand them clearly. If you can’t clearly articulate them verbally or on paper, you aren’t ready to propagate your vision. Simply to say, “I’ll know it when I see it” isn’t a clear expectation.
Understand your ‘why’. Having clear expectations is good, giving others the context and intention for them will make them clearer and easier to follow. You have to be able to justify your expectations to others. It is about helping people to understand the big picture so they will understand better and commit more easily.
Balance your current situation with your medium and long-term goals. Just because you aren’t where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there soon.
Visions never materialise without actions
Talking is generally easy, taking action can be difficult. Actually putting your thoughts into action can be one of the most difficult things you have to do. You’ll have everything that every other person experiences on their journey to success, whatever that may mean to them.
Too many people don’t get things done because they don’t match their actions to their rhetoric. All too often you can become stuck in inaction, with a mixture of self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of success, perfectionism, distractions and ineffective planning that stops you from jumping into a great future.
One thing to be very critical of is your content. Content marketing could well be the most important thing you do to propagate your vision.
Monitor and review your vision
One of the disadvantages of Big Data causing information overload, and the hyper-connected world is, it can give us increasingly more things to think about, must do, read, buy or experience.
These all go onto our mental or physical to-do-list and fuel the frustrations associated with tasks getting on top of us and not being completed. Only make changes when change is going to improve a situation or introduce a better solution. If you’re changing your vision simply because you’re bored with it or impatient, you’re creating an awful habit that won’t lead to a finished result or successful reward.
If changes do not relate to enhancing your vision and aspirations, they are almost certainly taking up the Real Estate in your brain and not paying the rent.
If you don’t do things on purpose don’t expect others to
Some people become distracted by more and bigger ideas and easier routes, so they don’t execute their existing ideas on purpose. They don’t take all of the necessary actions to see their ideas come to life in the way that they wanted and dreamt about.
When a vision remains fuzzy due to distractions, lack of interest and lack of passion, it suffers and so does you and your organisation. Be very clear and intentional about how you want your organisation to perform and what you want to happen. You can then address issues that arise and take the proper steps to fix them.
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Many times in my earlier business career, I thought I knew what I wanted but in hindsight, all I had was what I now call a fuzzy vision. They were not thought through as well as they might have been as there always seemed to be bits missing.
Each person’s vision will be different and specific to their wants and needs. But those who follow ‘best practices’, have a greater probability of realising significant benefits in being able to achieve their aspirations.
Best practice strategic plans are not just about the actual document. Best practice strategic plans also deal with the process for developing the right objectives, strategies and actions to achieve a vision.
The planning process is a busy and often stressful time, culminating in the production of the planning documentation, ready for action. For many, this represents the biggest project management assignment they ever undertake, drawing on their combined skills of their family, friends, supporters, customers and advisors.