By Michael Hirsch
One of my favorite leadership stories about Walt Disney was when he was a young man in school one day working on a drawing assignment. Young Walt started to draw very animated faces inside the outline of flowers. His teacher, peering over his shoulder, commented that flowers cannot be made to smile. Walt lifted up his face to the teacher and said matter of factly, “Mine do” and continued drawing. Another favorite story of mine took place 6 years after Walt Disney passed away. It was said by some that it was unfortunate that Walt was never able to see the full completion of his plans for Disney World in 1971. His wife Lillian would correct them by saying that Walt already did see it completed, in his mind.
Walt was an amazing visionary, as it is evident children around the globe all know the iconic Mickey Mouse. And I believe that you can be a visionary as well. All it will take is some thought, a crayon or smartphone and a canvas board. You are already 1/3rd of the way there!
This past Saturday, we spent time encouraging some of you to look ahead into next year and begin to paint a picture in your mind of the possibilities for your life in 2016. The late American educator, political activist and author Helen Keller, who lost both her hearing and eyesight at the age of 2 years old, went on to be famously quoted for saying, “The only thing worse than being blind, is having the ability to see, yet not have vision”. King Solomon wrote that where there is no vision, people will begin to lose hope. At Loveworks we believe that living into your full potential will bring hope to a world right now that desperateley needs it. You have the ability to see into the unknown and bring the unique solution of your gifts, talents and strengths.
Creating a personal vision board is a special activity designed for you to search your heart and dream about the life that deep down you believe you are meant to live. The purpose of this board is to serve as a daily reminder, guide and source of encouragement, to help you reach the destination you believe your life is heading. If you don’t already have a vision board you are working on for 2016, let us know and we will get you one!
How has this worked in my life? Selah and I will usually spend the last 1-2 months of the year reflecting on the current yetar. This could include our highs, lows, challenges and everything in between. his reflection provides an honest opportunity to evaluate areas in our lives that can improve or change as we strive to personally grow into our full potential as leaders.
I have found it helpful to look at different areas of my life and place them into categories. These could include:
- Spiritual (Faith)
- Marriage (Selah)
- Parental (Nya and Tinsley)
- Financial ($)
- Career ( You…Loveworks)
- Word of the year (2016 word: Intentional)
Obviously, your categories will look different than mine, but hopefully this will encourage you to search out categories that directly apply to your life.
Now dream. This is the fun part. For me, this might happen out on a training run or over a cup of coffee and enjoying a beautiful sunset or sunrise. It’s usually in these moments that I will begin to write down the inspired thoughts entering my mind and heart.
Lastly, get creative. This can happen by writing, drawing, or printing out pictures of the vision you have in your mind and heart for next year and place them on your personal vision board.
Our Loveworks team can’t wait to see your board and help you during this process.
Dream BIG and expect great things!