“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch, chairman and CEO of GE 1981-2001
In 30 Characteristics of a Good Guy, #27 states “He has a vision to lead.” When I was in college, I was greatly impacted by the book The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. I discovered the difference between a leader and a manager. A leader has vision, and a manager keeps status quo. Every organization needs both, but have you worked for a corporation? There’s so much management, it makes my head spin. Managers have overrun the leaders, and in return, everyone lives in fear and is rewarded for compliance and safety. Enough about corporations, though, what about you? Do you live in fear? Do you run your life as a leader or a manager? Are you bold or are you….comfortable? Like the manager, do you ask how and when? Or as a leader, are you constantly learning and becoming a better man by challenging your own status quo?
If you’re ready to challenge the circumstances in your life, and if you’re ready like Buzz Lightyear to go to “infinity…and beyond,” then it’s time to cast some vision. One easy way to visualize your future is to make a vision board, or a dream board. A vision board uses a collection of images to represent what you want out of your life. How to make a vision board? It’s really easy. I present to you:
An Uncrafty Guy’s Guide to Making a Vision Board
You just need a few times:
- Stack of magazines
- Tape or a glue stick
- Poster board
Now, thumb through the magazines, and when you come across a picture that represents a life goal or something you want or want to do, cut it out. Don’t immediately tape or glue it to the board. I end up cutting out a ton of images, but then I spend some time weeding them out. Go ahead and throw on the Bugatti or your dream house, but prioritize the images that represent your passion and purpose. Here’s my vision board:
Now here’s what’s crazy about my vision board. Starting in the bottom left corner, I posted some of the pictures because I was ready to step out and go through open doors. My life has been under some major construction this past year. I made this at the beginning of January, and had no idea a career change was in the cards. However, the company I was working with for almost 12 years had a layoff, and I was affected. A new door opened and I stepped right through.
I had no idea I would be starting a website in January. In fact, I didn’t write my first article until May, but something compelled me to put the images of the books and “writing paper” on the board at the middle-bottom. Now, I hope to write a book in the very near future.
I was already engaged to my beautiful wife in January, but I wanted many others to celebrate in our relationship, which is what the picture of the glasses of wine represents. When I wrote 10 Ways to Win a Girl’s Heart in May, I had no idea that hundreds of thousands would be celebrating our relationship through that article.
The top-right corner represents a movement I want to help create. I hope this website influences men to “man up” and be chivalrous, take responsibility, and respect women. As you can see, I stuck Spartacus on the board. A couple of months ago, I met actor Liam McIntyre, and didn’t realize that picture was him. Last night, I ran into him again, and this inspired me to finally write this article.
There’s been some controversy about vision boards because they are based on the law of attraction, or the belief that if you think positive thoughts then positive things will come your way. Some people claim they don’t work. In the article Throw Away Your Vision Board, the author goes on to say vision boards can even be detrimental. However, you are the leader of your life. If the one thing that separates a leader from a manager is vision, then you need a vision. It’s pretty simple. Just like target practice, you are aiming for a goal.
Casting vision isn’t some new phenomenon. In fact, you can trace the practice to the 7th century B.C. In the book of Habakkuk 2: 2-3 it says,“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” You may have to “run” for your vision, but don’t give up, and don’t get disappointed. Keep hope alive. It might not come right away, but hold onto that ancient promise that is still true today: “it will surely come.”