True Leaders Visualize Success
Unless someone in leadership is able to visualize he cannot succeed. First, he must have a vision of what he wants to accomplish and why. He then must also see himself successful in his endeavors, because unless one can visualize success, he can never achieve it. Unfortunately, far too many potential leaders tend to pooh – pooh the concept and practice of visualization. I say this is unfortunate, because after more than thirty years of intimate involvement in multiple capacities in all areas of leadership, leadership training, and decision making, I have come to realize how essential it is for one to truly visualize his goals. This means not only identifying them, but having a vision of how things will be when those goals are achieved, and fully committing to those visions. Zig Ziglar stated that this way, “If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive.”
1. True visualization involves far more than empty rhetoric, and lip service. It means that a leader must actually see things in a specific manner. Many of us remember when President Kennedy, during his Inaugural Address spoke of seeing things as they ought to be, and it is precisely that type of positive, intimate, motivating vision that propels potentially great leaders to true greatness. One of the most essential tasks that successful leaders must accomplish is to motivate others to follow a vision. This can only be done when the leader sees his vision, tastes it, and focuses on success, and what precisely that means to him, and what it looks like. The greatest leaders then communicate this on a humanistic appealing manner, so that others begin to adopt that vision as their own. Only in that way, will the vision be meaningful to others, and only when this occurs, will everyone work together, because the goal and objective is so authentic and meaningful.
2. Success is a difficult concept to define, because it has a different meaning, and represents far different things to different people. It is even more challenging to understand success, because many people have different concepts at various stages of their lives regarding what success represents. However, the constant is that in order to achieve success, one must know in advance what it means and represents, and that must be important enough to continuously motivate and encourage us to strive for our best efforts and accomplishments.
Everyone says they want success, but few ever identify and visualize what it means to them. As important as this is to us as individuals, unless a leader uses this concept, there is little chance to achieve leadership greatness.