The most common mistake people make and continue to make when they dream and create a vision is by putting themselves in the front.
When I talk to people on what is their vision and dream almost everyone answers ‘I want to be a CEO’ or ‘I want to be rich’ or few better ones like ‘I want to be happy’. Such dreams are infact difficult to achieve as the dreamers have to fight their way out all alone.
Think of a situation where, You start a football team and gather the team together. The first inspirational speech you give is ‘Friends, we need to win the match. It is important as I dream of becoming the greatest football icon and I will achieve this once I win this match.’ I am sure, no one will even think of winning the match as there is nothing for them in it. It is all about you. Unfortunately, most of our visions and dreams are exactly like this which makes us behave in a similar manner.
“ Reword your vision and make it inclusive “
This might sound funny to you, because no one ever speaks that way. All the speeches we hear are something like ‘Friends, we need to win this match as our win will take us to level of greatness.’ It is highly probable that your teammates will play very hard and try to win the match as they see something for themselves in it. This vision is about a team and not individual, but an individual will achieve greatness as well.
Now just find the difference in your vision and this situation of football match. While we dream and create a vision, we almost all the time think about ourselves “Me” first. If you have to share this dream with others, it would be like the first statement of the football match. It would not excite anyone to help you achieve your dreams, as they do not see any benefit for themselves in it.
Now let us make some vision statements and analyze their effectiveness.
“I would create thousands of jobs”.
“I would make my company the happiest company”
“I would educate thousands of under privileged children”.
If we analyze the first vision statement, the thought is to create a company of thousands of people or be highly influential in creating so many jobs. This clearly means that if I have to create so many jobs I must be the leader to make this happen. Here, we create a vision by making it suddenly meaningful for thousands of people who will be benefited by this job creation, while I achieve my vision of being the head/ creator/ CEO of such a company. Such visions, have great power of motivation where you get direct and indirect support of several people around you with an intention to be part of your vision, unlike when you just think about yourself.
Second statement can result in creating a great company with productive people as the vision clearly states that I want to make my team happy. Their happiness in turn will help me become an achiever and happy as well.
The third statement again is a vision of being a person of social standing who can have influence and power to educate thousands of children.
Therefore creating inclusive vision helps you achieve your dreams faster, better and in a more noble way than any other form because it now becomes a vision of so many more who will join you in making it come true for you.
There are several examples of inclusive dreams which motivated and galvanized people who all worked under the leadership of the visionary and achieved what they desired.
Think about it and reword your vision and make it inclusive.
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