We all have certain dreams and aspirations for the future. Our dreams are sometimes very personal to us and sometimes they correlate with the aims of the organization we work for. Nonetheless, the goals and objectives that we want to achieve are the fuel of our daily work life. There has been a lot of discussion over time on how to use these goals and objectives as strong motivators, and one solution that pops every time is visioning. Visioning is the process of creating a vision or an intense mental image of your goals and objectives.
Visioning has been recommended by many self-help books and podcasts for self-motivation and improvement. It is credited to have an evident positive effect on an individual’s goal-oriented performance. The famous YouTuber and the first woman of color to host a late-night show, Lily Singh has always advocated for the power of visioning and vision boards. She popularized the idea of vision boards – to conduct visioning on a physical board with colorful images and powerful wordings.
The New York Times bestseller book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne also focuses on the power of visioning – the process of believing that your dreams are coming true and you have achieved your goals. Visioning can also be practiced through a vision statement. A vision statement is a short and concise statement which includes your objectives and goals. This vision statement is used to escape the web of distraction and procrastination and move towards reaching the set objectives.
One major understanding of visioning comes from the fact that it is not just a momentary experience but a pathway to follow. One has to keep their vision in mind while working and adjust their behavior accordingly. Visioning has also led people to choose rather innovative and creative ways to complete their respective tasks. A vision, in general, covers all the aspects that an individual expects to be fulfilled in the future and thus visioning gives birth to unconventional ways of achieving the desired state of success.
Although visioning has been a personal activity, it can still be added in the organizational functioning. Every organization also has a set of objectives and goals; these can be used to form a vision and to motivate the employees and workers within an organization. At the executive and management level, visioning should be used before any decision-making in order to make sure that the decisions made are in lieu of the long-term commitments of the organization. Such importance of visioning leads many organizations to conduct workshops on the same. Many corporate and leadership coaches study an organization and aid in formulating an accurate and realistic vision for the organization.
The coaches also train the members of the organization to believe in that vision and function accordingly. Visioning entails the ‘successful image’ of the organization and this is a major source of extrinsic motivation. Companies use strategic visioning to direct their actions and policies. Many business leaders in the past, such as Steve Jobs and Ratan Tata were called visionaries as they included the power of visioning in their business and actualized their visions.