Who do you want to be?

Who do you want to be?

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else

~ Yogi Berra

I had the privilege last week to sit on a panel at a Career Development Day event at ND.  I loved seeing all of the people who attended because they were all potential visionaries.  I told them that it’s not about what you want to be (job title), but who you want to be.

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Time is a constant



“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

~ Earl Nightingale

Dreams are visions.  The only difference in my mind is that a vision is something you actually plan to have happen – regardless of the time it will take.  Dreams on the other hand are more akin to wishes.  We dream of a brighter and better future.  We dream of owning a home, having our own business, or finding the perfect mate.

A vision means that we are willing to invest in our dreams and make them come true. 

I just attended a great session with the Skylight Leadership team on John Maxwell’s “Put Your Dream to the Test.”  I loved it – Rhonda and Jessica were awesome.  And I can see how it fits with vision setting – because the tests for your dream lead you to decide – are you going to invest in your dreams or are you just fantasizing? 

One of the best questions they asked was, “What are you doing today that makes tomorrow what you want it to be?”

Don’t worry.

You can be a dreamer AND a visionary.  The thing is, you can’t only dream though – you have to cast your dream as a vision for all to see. 

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World! 


Size does matter



My 9 year old found the family bathroom at our regional airport “user friendly.” 

What I liked was that the designer understood the customer.  As a dad of three, I have experience with trying to help a little one use a grown-up facility.  Being a man, I always worried they’d fall in.

When you share your vision, you have to understand your audience. 

It’s not a one-size-fits all. 

Your vision is “what it is” but you can make it seem too large, or too small. 

That’s why your message shouldn’t be written in stone.  It doesn’t need to be memorized – by you or your apostles.  The message can change – the vision doesn’t. 

When you share your vision, your face should light up, your pulse quicken, and your eyes glisten.

Don’t change your vision – but do find ways to communicate how others can fit into your dream.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World

Who You Going to Call?



“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
~ William Durant

“We can’t live in the past if we plan on changing the future”
~ Me

If not ghosts, hauntings for sure. I’m haunted. I know others who are haunted by things that have happened to them. Some are haunted by what they’ve done. It doesn’t matter your age, gender, or upbringing. We can all live with ghosts relentlessly chasing us.

No wonder a poor memory can be a blessing. Ever wonder why geniuses are absent-minded?

Granted, learning from our past is a good thing – otherwise we will definitely repeat past mistakes. But, when we allow our past to keep us from moving forward, from achieving our dreams, from being successful – we have to use our own “proton pack” and remove those ghosts.

There are many techniques – including writing the cause of the haunting on a piece of paper and then ceremoniously burning it. Pick one that works for you. Tell yourself to “get over it” and get back to your here and now. Better yet, focus on the future.

You don’t need Fr. Merrin or the Ghost Busters…but you do need to get rid of those ghosts and stop wasting energy on things that won’t help you reach your vision.

Remember, your Vision will Change the World – but many people will try to stop you, including ghosts from your past.

Predicting the Future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it
~ Alan Kay (renowned computer scientist)

In a recent online post, the writer had this to say about the above quote: “Aside from masterful technologists like Mr. Kay, few among us have the capacity to actually create the future.”

I found this utterly depressing and totally wrong. The idea that only a few masterful technologists can invent the future is myopic and pessimistic.

As a visionary you can and if successful WILL invent the future. Mankind has been inventing our future since Adam ate the apple. It’s one of our blessings and curses – that we of all creatures can invent our futures. The question has always been, What type of future will we create? It’s up to us. It’s up to you.

What is the future you plan on inventing?

Many think a leader’s job is figure out the road the organization is on and the impending changes so we can react accordingly. But a true leader does more than predict the future, she shapes it. A true leader designs the future and then makes it a reality.

None of the worlds’ successful visionaries were satisfied to leverage the inevitable! Instead they dreamed of the most unlikely futures and made them reality. Pick your favorite visionary (if you haven’t found one yet – go out and research a little), and see what the future looked like before she started spreading her vision.

You can invent the future – and your vision is the first step in making it a reality!

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World!