Just call me your fairy godmother

I want a wand.

I had the delightful experience of getting to speak to three different audiences recently. While we weren’t always talking about the human value proposition, the consistent message was about the need to be bold in our thinking to push us to new places. What I’ve found when I’m leading both groups and individuals, along with the “what could be” path, many are often stymied by one of the following:

  1. Fear – someone in the room might judge me.
  2. Fear – what if I fail.

I make it a point in each session to try and take the fear out of the room. I frequently use the statement: “Ok, I want you to pretend I’m your fairy godmother. Poof! I can now make ALL your dreams and wishes come true. There are no boundaries in the world you want to build. What do you see?”

I really want a wand when I do that. I think it might help the effect. Back to you and your wishes. 

What I’ve learned by asking that question is almost everyone stumbles on the answer. It’s rare for me to have someone who has a clear vision of the possible, unfettered future. On the other hand, I have yet to work for a company that hasn’t had a crystal clear vision.

With a little digging on the interwebs, here are a few found:

COLD STONE CREAMERY: The ultimate ice cream experience.
DISNEY: To make people happy.
LIFE IS GOOD: Spreading the power of optimism.
STARBUCKS: To inspire and nurture the human spirit — one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
NIKE: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. *If you have a body, you are an athlete.
MICROSOFT: Empower people through great software anytime, anyplace, and on any device.

Think for a moment that you work for one of these companies. Knowing the vision, how would it change how you approach your work each day? 

I was reminded of this idea again over the weekend while watching Hidden Figures. The vision of the NASA team was to put a man on the moon. Early in the movie Kevin Costner’s character, Al Harrison, talks about how he can see his vision. He conceptualized that vision, even though at that point the rocket ships were blowing up at every turn. There’s a famous story of the late President Kennedy asking a janitor what he did when visiting NASA back in the 60’s. “I’m putting a man on the moon,” the janitor answers. Now THAT is a vision. With all the obstacles in their way but with a common, clear vision, we all know what happened at the end of that story.

So I come back to the people that hesitate and question when I ask them about their vision. Shouldn’t you have one?

Imagine how your everyday activities might shift just slightly if your vision of the future was clear.

I know, it’s a hard question to answer. And it’s not only hard because of all that fear holding you back. Stay tuned, because I have some ideas on how you can start crafting your own vision.

My vision?

I want people to be able to articulate their awesome; their bold, unique, authentic and compelling awesome.

I just might need a wand to make it happen.

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