But a vision is more powerful than a goal. A vision is enlivening,
It’s spirit-giving, it’s the guiding force behind all great endeavors,
Vision is about shared energy, a sense of awe, a sense of possibility.
– Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Over the last several weeks I have been studying, trying to understand how vision goes much further than goals alone. I stumbled on to one explanation. Vision gives significance to the otherwise meaningless details. Most of us have heard the example of the stone mason building a cathedral. The mason knew he was not simply laying a block; no he was building a cathedral.
Watching the catastrophic flooding once again decimating Louisiana another example came to mind. While shoveling sand into sand bags, do the workers have a bigger purpose in mind? Are they merely filling a sand bag, building a dike, or do they see even beyond that worthy goal. Are they saving their parish (town)?
Filling sand bags (task)
Building a dike (goal)
Saving their town (vision)
As you work, what vision is big enough to put the proper perspective on all we do? Perspective for focusing the goals you establish and the tasks you work on?
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