Some days ago, a close friend called to seek my opinion about an issue bothering him. He narrated how he went to minister in a spiritual gathering and how God moved miraculously through him.
Afterwards, the leader of the spiritual gathering called him and requested he come work for him so he could let God use him more.
We all know how we react when it comes to the things of God, and how convincing the leader would sound because who wouldn’t want to work for God?
Especially, for the fact that we easily count every act related to God as God’s work. He outlined all the benefits that await him if he makes the decision and agrees to work for God through the spiritual house. So, I asked him the following questions:
- What is the vision of the leader?
- What is your vision?
- Do you have the same vision?
- Do you share the same vision?
By the time he pondered on these questions, he was no longer confused and he got his answer.
Sometimes, we make the mistake of running with someone else’s vision; done that too! A lot has joined a business or organisation that has a vision that solely belongs to the founder. The founder created the organisation with his (her) vision, hence, things are done according to his vision(on his terms). When in this situation, we then begin to wonder why things are not working the way we want them to. You have your answer!!!
Having your own personal vision is as important as staying alive. A founder is doing well because he is working with his dreams, he has a mental image of what he wants his organisation to be at some point in the future. I am by no means saying that you should not work with/for an organisation, that would be wrong of me, you may be there as a volunteer (as my friend concluded), an intern or a full time worker.
This will enable you gather lots of experience, aspirations, skills and focus that you may need for your vision in 2022. Most times, someone else’s vision is a stepping stone for yours.
Sometimes, you may share someone else’s vision. This is why we have couples who work together and partners who work in the same organisation. However, research corroborates that in most cases, Running or taking someone else’s vision results to the following:
- Monotonous decision making/result
- Do it my way mentality
- No room for personal opinion/ limited personal opinion
- Lack of sense of purpose and direction
- Emptiness, constant thought that something is missing which leads to confusion
- Minimal or no energy and force to achieve desired results
- Lack of common interest
You should stop the mistake of running someone else’s vision, as you calculate the short term achievements and benefits that you think await you. Map out your vision in 2022, you run with it better when it is yours. I hope this motivates you to work with a vision in 2022.