The Eight-Steps of True Visioning
|March 27, 2013||Posted by Assegid under Updates, Vision||
Yesterday, March 26 2013, I had a wonderful opportunity to share the eight-steps of visioning. I opened the speech by making a point. If we must divide the world right now into three, we will find three categories of people: Visionless, Visionaries, and people in between. I have been in these three categories and I know how it feels to be in each category.
I was merciful (because I was there :-)) to call people without vision visionless. Otherwise, Helen Keller called them ‘Pathetic’. She said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision”. You will be surprised to know the full meaning of pathetic: sad, pitiful, fearful, and unloveable. Who in his/her right mind would like to fall in this category, and most importantly, stay there for a very long period of time!? These are horrible words…
In my brief speech, I shared with my audience about how it was difficult for me when I made a shift from being pathetic to pseudo-visionary, and finally into the visionaries camp. As a guy from the eastern part of Ethiopia, I used to chew Khat as the majority of the youth in Harar do until this day. Every afternoon, we chew Khat, which is a green leaf considered in the US as an illegal drug. Of course, it is not as powerful as other amphetamine drugs. But when you chew chat, you enter into a state of euphoria. While you are in that state of elation, you fantasize things that are crazy and unrealistic.
The challenge for me was that when I made the shift from this state of fantasizing into visioning, initially, I didn’t know whether what I was imagining was a fantasy or a true vision. It took me a couple of years to differentiate the difference between the two.
Fortunately, I came to realize the difference when I actualized my first youth-hood vision. That successful first experience of transition led me to achieve more visions. For the past more than a decade, I have been sharing my experiences, talking about the importance of vision, and I even wrote about it in my book, and have been mentoring leaders about it.
Based on the experiences I have acquired, I shared with my audience the most important fundamental eight-steps of visioning to visualize and actualize our lifetime vision. The first four stages are in the Visualization Phase, while the last four are in the Actualization Phase. These steps are very important to make the shift from being visionless or pseudo-visionary into true visionary. If you have been wondering why you are far away from achieving your vision or distracted or stuck somewhere or lost your initial enthusiasm about your vision, well, this is the time to use these eight-steps and revisit your journey. You might have missed a couple of important steps along the way.
In my own life and as I work with others, I found out that some of us are visualizers while some of us are doers. True visionaries balance the two. You cannot just dream a mega vision and expect it to fruition without passing through certain steps that are critical for the fruitfulness of your vision. On the other hand, you cannot just go out and engage yourself with myriad of activities without first properly impregnate yourself with your vision.
In the end, I inspired the audience to revisit the steps they have taken thus far, and figure out if in case they have missed one or two fundamental steps that delayed the realization of their vision. I also pointed out the importance of reinforcing those missed/undermined steps so that they may pursue their lifetime vision with a renewed passion and finally actualize their mega vision, which in turn benefit people around them and ultimately the rest of the world.
Here is the excerpt video:
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Assegid Habtewold (Advocate for Your Greatness™)
Coach, Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker
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