”Seven reasons why great leaders keep the vision alive.”

On December 21, 1620, the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Full of vision after a three-month crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, they established a town followed by a town council in year two.

In the third year the council wanted to build a road five miles out into the wilderness for westward expansion. However, the townspeople voted it down as a waste of funds. Once able to see across an ocean, twenty-four months later they could not see five miles down the road.

When you are satisfied with where you are, your vision has died and forward momentum is lost. When you are more energized by managing the present than you are envisioning the future, you have lost your right to lead.

Here are seven reasons why great leaders keep the vision alive:

1. Vision keeps you and your team focused beyond the daily routine and on the dream. It gives significance to every task, every day.

2. A compelling vision removes uncertainty, constant doubt and hesitation about the future.

3. Clarity about the vision speeds decision-making, decisiveness and forward momentum.

4. Vision keeps you determined, but flexible. Able to handle the bumps and delays, while keeping your eyes on the target.

5. Vision infuses your work with energy, enthusiasm and courage. You may get tired outwardly–but never weary inwardly.

6. Vision helps all team members see their connection to the “big picture.” Silo building stops and teamwork becomes the order of the day.

7. Vision keeps you growing when the going gets tough, resources are limited, and some of your most loyal team members walk away.

Remember when you and your team could see across oceans? But, now you struggle to see five miles down the road.

Your future, and the future of those who you lead, depend on your continuing passion for the dream, even if it’s sometimes just five miles down the road.

”The vision is for a future time…if it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3 NLT