"A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world."
—Anonymous

beautiful woman traveling on a vintage carMost of us live our day-to-day lives on automatic without giving much thought to a larger purpose or meaning for who we are or what we do. Even leaders with the greatest of intentions can fall into this trap too. So, what’s the problem?

Leadership that lacks forward thinking can quickly lead to discouragement and financial failure. Therefore, leadership without vision is actually dangerous! Think about it this way:

Imagine you are traveling in a car with your team, and each of you have your heads buried in your GPS devices. No one, not even YOU, the driver, is looking  at the road! In this scenario, it is difficult to see how you could possibly avoid an accident, right? However, when you pay attention, ignore the distractions, take in the scenery, and are present to where you are going, you will have a successful trip! It's the same with being a visionary leader.

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"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers

landscape for a old railway abandoned at the sunsetAs a leader, you undoubtedly analyze (and even over-analyze) why you and your team haven’t produced the results you are committed to producing, and as you’re surrounded by spreadsheets, charts, and other tools, you might even find yourself thinking it best to just wait out whatever is in your way. But, guess what? You have no time to wait. This is not a dress rehearsal. If you want something, now is the time to go for it. Get into action and get into action now. You can spend your time looking for the answer to the question, “Why?” and certainly there are things we can learn from this analysis. However, wallowing in "Why?" won’t change anything about the present, and won’t create anything for the future.

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You ChangeMost of us have a jar that accumulates our monetary change over time. We do this because change is a pain! It's heavy and rattles around in our pockets or purses when we try to carry it around. It's uncomfortable and difficult to manage. Yet, change is unavoidable, and the way we manage monetary change in our lives is the same way many people deal with change in general.

Our bodies change in even the smallest of ways each and every second as we age. The seasons change. Our children grow and learn (changing as they go). The world changes; admittedly not always for the good, but it is change nonetheless. So, with all of this change around us, you’d think we would be used to change by now. You would think that we had figured out how to manage it and stopped fearing the change in our lives. Yet, we still fear change… run from it… attempt to compartmentalize it in an effort to keep it at bay!

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Success StrategyHave you ever had a bad day when you allowed yourself to be less than powerful? Let’s face it, leadership can be tough. As leaders, we’ve all had days when a circumstance has us by the toes screaming to be let go. So, who do you have to be to stand tall no matter what sudden and unexpected circumstances confront you?

Tips for Refocusing and Using Your Power Wisely

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Business man pointing the text: Leaders ListenIn today’s fast-paced world we can hear a lot around us, but do we really listen to what we are hearing? If we're being honest, the answer is likely no.  Yet as a leader, when you don't fully listen you miss-out on opportunities to learn, grow, and even prosper your businesses, your team and even your family relationships and the community issues you care about most; all because you aren't tuned in and really listening to what is being said.

If we all actively listened to the people around us (if we were are present to what is flowing through our ears and into our brains, instead of thinking about other things at the same time), our world would be much, much different. Think about the hurt feelings, make-wrongs, and misunderstandings that could be avoided if we really listened to what was being said!

Why are we so disinterested in actually listening to what others have to say? Are we really so self-absorbed that what others say isn’t important to us? Of course, not! But our lack of listening does create a disconnect, where those who need you to hear them, can be left feeling as if you don’t care.

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