Leap Challenge Day 7: See the Future

 

Visionary Leadership

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.  – Yogi Berra

Now it’s time to do the hard work of clarifying your dream. You need a clear picture of what success looks like for three reasons:

1. Tenacity. When you go after something big, there’s bound to be resistance, distraction, and even opposition. A clear vision of your destination gives you something to cling to when life gets tough.

2. Belief. Actually writing out—in detail—what your accomplished dream is like begins to build your belief that it’s actually possible. It’s a crucial step in transforming your dream from an etherial notion to a rock-solid reality.

3. Success Criteria. If nothing else, a clearly articulated vision of the future lets you know—beyond a shadow of a doubt—when you have actually accomplished your dream.

Leap Task #7: In your Leap Journal, describe in detail the moment in the future when your dream is realized.

Fast forward to the day your dream comes true—describe what it’s like once it’s all over and you’ve been wildly successful. Record the details. Who is with you? What do you see, hear, and feel? How have you been changed?

Be sure to use the present tense as you write, as if it’s already happened and you’re experiencing the moment of success right now. Have fun, be creative, and let yourself go.

What unexpected details popped up during this exercise?

9 thoughts on “Leap Challenge Day 7: See the Future”

  1. This was really hard for me, and I know I didn’t do a very good job. Maybe it’s because my dream is just a general concept right now, or maybe I’m just not very good and thinking like that. Not sure. I do know that God is leading me down this path, but He just hasn’t revealed to me much beyond the next couple of steps. He hasn’t shown me what realizing this dream will look like yet. Maybe that’s why I didn’t do very good with writing it out. The exercise was still worthwhile because it at least gets me thinking about the culmination of my dream and maybe more open to the bigness that God has planned for it.

    1. Way to go, Kari. I definitely think this is a worthwhile struggle—one I would consciously  keep “open” in order to be ready when God wants to reveal more.

      Looking back on the times in my life when God has led me step by step—versus giving me a vision—it was usually because I wasn’t ready to see where he was taking me. Sounds like you’re open to growing into whatever God has planned.

      He definitely has a knack for exceeding expectations.

      1. As I thought more about this, I realized that I think God is teaching me to enjoy the present by not showing me too much into the future. You see, not to long ago my focus was always in the future to the point of failing to live in and enjoy the present. Somehow, I think this is tied into what we’ve been talking about. I’m definitely open to growing where He has planned, and I’m okay with not knowing what that is until I’m there. Thanks for the discussion. I don’t get much of this these days.

  2. I whipped this out in no time.  Just started writing and kept going, dialogue and all.   Won’t recreate it all here, but the last lines are:

    “I am elated.  Floating on air.  Satisfied.  Terrified.  All of it in a good way.  I’ve done it, accomplished an amazing goal.  Now on to the next one – being a published author!  I have doubted myself in the past, but I know now that I can do it.  And I will.”

    The unexpected part for me was the feeling I got now, writing it out.  I WAS elated.  My heart was pounding.  I couldn’t type fast enough.  It was exhilarating.  I think I am ready to really pursue this goal.  Seven years ago it had the opposite effect, freezing me in my tracks.  The time is now.  I am ready for it.  I am in charge of it.  Bring it on! 

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