October 23, 2010

The "What" Drives the "How" or How to Avoid a Labyrinth

Working on the Durham Dreams' portrait of Evelyn Schmidt
 has reminded me of  the truth:
Know where you're going before you begin travel.
 It saves a lot of time.
The accomplishment of a dream depends on the clarity of the vision. Clarity converts a nebulous desire into a power packed dream; a crystalized dream becomes a magnetically compelling roadmap. 

Put Your Dream to the Test
This concept, today's thought from John Maxwell's book,"Put Your Dream to the Test", reflects the question, "Is your dream in focus?"

Clear Vision Attracts Strategy
"If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy. If you don't have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.",says Mike Hyatt of Thomas Nelson Inc. He speaks from experience and conviction as he transformed a dying division within the company in 18 months and went on to become division head and later to president and then finally CEO of the entire company.  
Clarity Demands Time
Developing clarity demands time. Focusing on our dream or aspiration is the first and most important thing we can do; the time we give to this is a prerequisite to strategy. 
Vision Illumines "How To"
Sparkling clarity of vision will illumine the path of ‘how to.” Impetuous strategizing has thwarted many dream’s appearing.  What might be born if we indulged ourselves in time to think and ponder rather than headlong hurling into plan building?

The Dream is the Engine
The dream itself (goal, desire, aspiration) is the engine and the strategy follows. The “what” drives the “how. We should be intentional about sliding our dreams into pockets of time. Whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly yearly (or any combination), time to muse and elucidate is the first priority in pursuing our dream.
Compose a Path
I liken this process to painting. To the degree I clearly “see” what the painting is to be, I am able to compose a ready path. When I am ambiguous, floundering ensues. In my most recent Durham Dreams addition, I have been reminded of this truth. I am still wrestling with the composition due to a lack of clarity. It is serving as a needed reminder. Taking time to think on the front end prevents a labyrinth of indecisiveness and waisted time in wandering. Lesson learned!
Strategic planning is worthless--unless there is first a strategic vision.--John Naisbitt (Megatrends)


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