5 Things To Help You Be a Better Visionary
We refer to some people as visionaries. We hear about them in the news almost every day. They’re the CEO of major corporations and entrepreneurs pushing out the next best thing. Where do you suppose their visions come from? Visionaries need not see designs or study blueprints, they perceive in their mind how things should be.
Visionaries think only about the vision not success or failure. They envision it and make it happen. Unlike most, a visionary knows that failure is part of the process. It’s not whether you will fail, failing can be an opportunity for another vision.
What does it take to be a visionary? Are they a genius or are they touched in the head? Aristotle said, “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” It doesn't take a genius or a mad hatter to be a visionary. Being a visionary starts by detaching yourself from how things will happen. Don’t try to over analyze your visions. Can anyone be a visionary? Perhaps. Have you ever tried to be one? Are you okay with failing as much as you succeed?
What do visionaries have in common? Most people are followers. Followers live and work by instructions. Instructions keep us pointed in a specific direction. A visionary is not someone that follows instructions. They're more willing to go against the status quo if it will bring their vision to fruition. Visionaries don’t mind starting small and building momentum. They’re okay with getting knocked down, picking themselves up and going again and again. Any visionary or someone that considers becoming one will first need to meet these common denominators.
Whether you’re a visionary in practice or not, I will share with you five things I believe will help you be a better visionary.
1. Philosophy (know your core values)
I’m a firm believer that everyone should know their philosophy. What does it mean to know your philosophy? It means you have a good idea about what you believe in and what you hold in high regard. Knowing your philosophy will strengthen your self-confidence. Self-confidence comes from many sources, but nothing builds self-confidence like knowing your core values. Your core values influence your judgement and impact the decisions you make or the visions you have.
2. Self-awareness (know yourself)
Self-awareness means you know something more about yourself than just how you feel after you run too many miles or consumed too many cookies. It means you understand yourself; you know who you are, you have explored your character, and have given thought about your personality. People with self-awareness know how they will react so they can respond instead. If someone challenges your vision it’s a good idea to keep your feelings in check and stay out of your own way.
3. Mindfulness (keep your mind on one thought)
Being mindful means you’re living in the moment and you are part of every experience. You see your thoughts and experience them without judgement. Once you learn to be more mindful, your visions will become clearer than ever. The simplest form of mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts on a moment-to-moment bases. Being mindful will help you see your visions clearly and keep you focused on the experiences around you.
4. Communicator (listen)
A visionary will often have some communication skills. They have to communicate their vision to others to make them happen. The best communicators are also good listeners. You may already be a good communicator and listener, that’s great, you’re ahead of the pack. Chances are most of you are good at either communicating or listening. It can be hard for some to express visions in ways that everyone can understand. If this happens try using a vision board. Break your vision into small pieces and write them on post-it notes. Then stick them on a white board or wall so everyone can see how your vision will flow and where it will lead them. Now keep both ears open. As you go through the vision board, if you’re expressing your vision to a team they will be eager to share their own ideas about the vision. Tap into your mindfulness to allow you to be more receptive to new ideas and experiences.
5. Positive Attitude (it’s contagious)
Nothing carries more strength with it than a positive attitude. Even a visionary can fall short of this strength. The simplest way to maintain a positive attitude is to keep a smile on your face at all times. It’s hard not to be positive when you’re smiling. Find positive in every circumstance and individual. A positive attitude is contagious, so as you practice building this strength the people around you will certainly notice.
Visionaries are no doubt remarkable people, so if you are one or thinking about becoming one, here’s my advice, remain receptive to new ideas, gather experience, scrutinize your actions, and seek regular feedback. This will help you to discover your strengths and weaknesses
No one has true vision capability. A vision is a perception or hypothesis. When you visualize something, you imagine it a certain way. Once you have your vision hold on to it believe in it with every atom of your being.