I recently attended a leadership conference where the speaker was discussing the importance of clarity versus integrity. He said people value integrity but follow clarity. He went on to say that people with clarity have the greatest power of influence.
We have seen this play out in the United Sates political system. We have had political leaders known for their optimism, poise, integrity and for running clean campaigns. In contrast, we have had political leaders run less than honorable campaigns replete with dishonest business transactions. These actions, along with their vision, have provided constituents with the information needed to decide whether to align with certain candidates.
Having a clear vision is just as important in our personal life. My girlfriend and I always joke about starting with a plan. In fact, we need to have a clear vision first, and the plan will follow. Many times, we get frustrated when things in our life aren’t moving as fast or going as we had hoped. I suggest you look at your situation and ask yourself: have I established clarity in my vision or expectation?
If not, follow the steps below to help you establish a clear vision:
1) Create a clear picture in your mind of something you want for yourself. Don’t focus on the how, but the what.
2) Affirm your vision by speaking it aloud.
3) Ask God to establish your steps and thank Him in advance for answering your prayer.
4) Now sit back, pray, and watch God do what only He can do.
Through our words, God can make dreams come true. Our words have power and are a driving force in making our vision a reality. Speaking and sharing our vision with others causes people and situations to start coming together. This in turn allows our vision to manifest.
Finally, we must hold onto our vision and trust that God will see it through. James 1:6-8 says “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
In Proverbs 16:9 (AMP) tells us that “a man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.” God will send the right people who can influence our vision, open doors for us and create paths that were never visible to us before.