Can You Live in the Now and the Not Yet?

Having Vision Is Seeing and Living in the Now What Is Not Yet

Why do people want to follow visionaries? Because they can see what has not come to pass as if it already has. They are able to see how they want the world to be before it is that way. They are able to see the Not Yet as if it were the Now.

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God called David to be king when he was just a shepherd boy. But it took several years before he actually assumed the throne of Judah. And then he had to wait another seven years before he became king of all Israel.

There were times that David stopped believing that he would be king one day—even though God had said it would happen one day. Circumstances made him believe that what God said would never happen.

If you have a God-sized vision in you, then you can learn from what David did right and what David did wrong when he was pursuing the Not Yet in the Now.

Five Ways to Use Vision in Creating Culture

How Vision Paints a Picture That Everyone Can See

Vision is a key ingredient for creating culture at any organization. Having vision is about seeing things that others don’t see and being able to paint the picture in a way that they can see.

Creating Culture

It is imperative for a leader to know where to lead the organization. And in the process of setting that direction, many other pieces come together as a result—because it is often the intangibles that make the difference in setting the tone.

Here are five ways that you can use vision to create culture.

How Do You Get Fresh Ideas?

Three Ways to See the World from a Different Vantage Point

Everyone in the marketplace wants to come up with fresh ideas. But they aren’t necessarily willing to do what’s necessary to come with those new ideas. Forcing someone to sit in their office and come up with new ideas is like saying that the beatings will continue until morale improves. It just won’t work.

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Instead it’s important to allow people to see things from a different vantage point. And sitting in your office won’t do that for you. It’s important to be able to see the world in a new way.

Here are three ways you can provide your brain with what it needs to develop fresh ideas.

Six Keys to a Thoughtful Strategic Plan

co-written with Ben Case, Case Consulting Services Inc.

Whatever business you are in, I believe it is mandatory for every company to have a thoughtful strategic plan. When your day-to-day work becomes overwhelming, you need to have a plan that will keep you focused on where you want to go as a company over the long haul.

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A thoughtful strategic plan gives everyone a clear sense of the organization’s direction. Leadership commits to it in writing. Staff puts the plan into action.

Before I started Transformational Impact LLC, I worked with my friend Ben Case at Case Consulting Services, Inc. Ben is reputedly one of the best major gift fundraisers in the world, having helped nonprofits raise more than $4.3 billion in his 40 years of fundraising.

In 2016, Ben Case and I wrote a series on Six Keys to Thoughtful Strategic Planning. Here’s a summary of those six keys.

How to Live up to Your God-Given Potential

This One Thing Will Change the Way You See Everything

Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.

God-given potential

Here’s a simple exercise.  Answer the following questions:

  1. Do you believe that God is all powerful?
  2. Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
  3. If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?

That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.

How to Develop a Strategic Company Culture

To develop a strategic company culture, you must think through how you want it to look. Only by putting the thought in beforehand, will you be able to have it turn out the way you want it to turn out.

Strategic Company Culture

Alternatively, if you don’t put the thought in on the front end, you will not have the kind of culture you want. You will end up with a culture that just happens. And that nearly always is a recipe for disaster.

Here are three areas to think through in order to reap a strategic company culture.

How to Have Staying Power for Long-Term Goals

When you have long-term goals, you need something to prevent you from quitting. That’s why it is important to have staying power. But how do you develop it?

staying power for long-term goals

Your staying power is your ability to keep doing something for a long time despite fatigue or difficulty. In effect, it is your physical or mental stamina.

Here’s how you can develop your staying power so you can reach your long-term goals.

When You Start Something New

When you have a vision to start something new, it’s important to guard your thinking.  It’s easy to expect things to build quickly.  And it’s wonderful when they do.  But things don’t always work that way.

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It’s important to have a vision so you know where you’re headed.  Your vision will sustain you while you are doing the hard work to make it come to fruition.  But don’t let your expectations make you think that things are not moving fast enough.

Do not despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10).  Here are some things to remember when you start something new.

How to Do More Meaningful Work

Does your work have meaning to you?  Do you get up each day excited about what you get to do that day?  Or are you wishing you had more meaningful work to do?

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Just passing the time at what we do each day can be frustrating at best and deadening at worst.  But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can live each day having meaningful work to do.  And here’s how.

The Importance of Community in the Workplace

In order for you to develop a healthy brand for your company, it is important to have a sense of community in the workplace.

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Once you have developed your ministry vision and you have developed your core values, it is essential to live them out so you can build community.

Here are three thoughts to keep in mind as you knit your team together through your shared vision and values.