This question caused me to research this particular word. Since many of you don’t have the time and/or opportunity to do research, I thought I would share some information with you. A simple definition of “vision” is the ability to have a mental picture of the future, i.e., it’s an idea of what the future can hold, but has not yet happened.

Those who are familiar with the word, “vision,” realize that it brings us flashes or glimpses of what is possible. It’s the thing inside of us that guides us. It creates a desire to grow and improve. Vision embodies our hopes and ideals, which give us a sense of purpose. For example, vision is when architects dream of new buildings and designs.

Vision is also very important in leadership, as it helps a leader prepare for the future. Having a plan for success is one of the most valuable things to try to prevent making mistakes. It keeps a leader on course during rocky times or unexpected setbacks.

The research also noted that vision shows us where we are headed. This is important in order to avert catastrophe before it happens, e.g., when a company plans for increases in staffing, production, etc. ... Vision also provides motivation and inspires us to keep on going, i.e., to be strong enough to carry us through the end; otherwise, we will/would stop short of our goals. People with vision keep the end result in mind; they are strong enough to carry themselves through to the end; otherwise, they will/would stop short of their goals.

Vision also provides focus! With all of life’s distractions, and people vying for our attention these days, it can be hard to feel a sense of accomplishment. Hence, in order to accomplish our goals, we need to not get caught up in the mundane stuff. Acting on your vision will provide you with the focus needed to accomplish your goals. Vision helps leaders work on what is important to achieve the end results.

There is a difference between vision and purpose. The difference is that purpose is an object to be reached, i.e., a target, an aim, a goal, etc. ... Vision is the ability to imagine something as if it were to be true. An example given was about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed in 2015 that the company’s original vision statement was “a computer on every desk in every home.” The vision statement didn’t address how they would do that, or how long it would take to do it – it just outlined what they wanted to do. This difference is very important to understand.

Lastly, of great importance is that people with vision are not easily controlled nor threatened. They should also never be disrespected or ridiculed, especially when their visions concern the possibility of everyone’s future well-being. They should, instead, be commended for their courage and convictions regarding their endeavors. Amen!

Pauline M Demers

Woonsocket

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