Pushing Hard on This One
We need some fresh thinking about vision.
Drifting away from your mission!
Losing your vision!
Really . . .
Does that really happen to you?
Do you forgot your mission?
Does your vision leak away?
Do find yourself depleted of personal mission and vision?
If so - I don't get that.
Now I can understand if you tell me you get tired... and frustrated.... and disappointed... even angry, confused and disillusioned . . .
But that is because you are passionate about your vision/mission, you are committed to it, you are willing to pay the price, offer the cost, make the sacrifice... and be confronted by the counteless obstalces working against you... and have to deal with falling short of what you desire.
I understand that. That makes complete sense. That happens to me. Often.
And I'll make some mistakes and go in some wrong directions that I think are vision/mission related, only to find out they were a detour.
But drifting and leaking...
If that happens easily or often, then I suspect the problem is that your vision and mission is not YOUR vision and mission. It is the vision and mission of some one else. And you've been pulled in to THEIR vision and mission. You've been handed THEIR mission. You've been recruited by a Vision-Caster who needs you to help them get to where they want to go.
And you are not that enthusiastic about it.
Not that committed to it.
Maybe you are there for the paycheck.
If so - then now I understand drifting and leakage.
In fact, I just don't understand it - I EXPECT IT!
Here are two applications.
If you regularly deal with drifting and leakage when it comes to personal vision/mission - almost certainly, you don't have YOUR own... you are caught up in the wake of someone elses vision.
So- what are you going to do? I can guarantee this, you will keep drifting and leaking, as long as it is not YOUR vision and mission.
If you have signed on for someone else's mission/vision and it is not your OWN, and you haven't internalized it - what are you going to do about this?
Please do something!
Leaders - you have a lot of followers who have drifting/leaking problems. I guarantee it. And the standard answer you read in the typical leadership literature is:
"keep casting vision, about every 30 days, because by then it has leaked out and your followers need re-filled."
Stuff and Nonsense. Leaders, the problem is you think your followers exist for the sake of YOUR vision. You've pulled them in to your thing. You expect them to be charged about your project. You are using them for your own personal agenda. You will spend the rest of your life having to recharge them.
BUT . . .
What if they don't exist for your sake! What if you exist for the sake of RELEASING their dreams and visions and empowering them for their missions in life.
What if you need a complete reordering of why you exist as a leader and a reconfiguring of your leadership to empower and raise up as many others as possible, and help them discover the dreams God has for them . . . and help them begin to live wisely and well in the pursuit of those God-given visions.
What if that is what leadership is all about?
Can I borrow and butcher an old familiar ideas.
Give a man a fish and you feed him today.
OR . . . Teach her to fish and she eats for a lifetime.
Cast your vision to a follower of Christ and they will do your thing, half-heartedly for a bit, and then you'll have to psych them up again.
OR . . . help them discover the vision that God has placed inside them, empower them, cheer them on, resource them with what they need and they will serve the purposes of God in joy and gladness for the rest of their lives.
So - what are you going to do?
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International