Remember Your Vision

In the late Stephen R. Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People(Simon & Schuster 1989), when talking about personal management, he asks these questions:

1)  What one thing could you do (that you’re not doing now) that if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your personal life?

2)  What one thing in your business or professional life would bring similar results?

When you answer these questions in your head, what are you thinking about?  Do some things just jump out at you?  Is it difficult to identify anything specific?

I’ve been thinking a lot about vision lately.  Not just “MY” vision, but the vision of the organization I work with.  I have realized over the past number of months how easy it is to get distracted, how simple it is to forget what it is you want to do, and how quickly I can get off track and lose my target.

A great definition of vision is this statement:  “the act or power of anticipating that which WILL or MAY come to be.”

Do you remember your vision?  What do you need to NOT do so that you can continue to pursue what “will” or what “may” be?

Andy Stanley, in his book “Making Vision Stick(Zondervan 2007) reminds us, “If God has given you a picture of what could be and should be, embrace it fully and refuse to allow the busyness and urgency of life to distract you.”


•Remember your vision, whether it’s a personal view or a professional view.  Remember where that vision came from, and remember what it will accomplish if you achieve it.

•Figure out what needs to go in order for you to fulfill the vision.  Pursue this vision relentlessly!

•Don’t let distractions keep you from this.  Stay focused.  Remind yourself.  Renew your vision.  “Embrace it fully!”

Remember your Vision

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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