Preferred Futures

Everyone ends up somewhere in life and a few end-up somewhere on purpose. Those that end up somewhere on purpose had a vision of what could be. A vision is the preferred future.

Dreamers will dream about how things can be different. Visionaries pray for the opportunities to make a difference. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference. Dreamers think about how nice it would be for something to be done. Visionaries look for an opportunity to do something to effect change.

We all can have the work environments and the practice that we desire by seeking opportunities to make a difference.

Vision is the clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be. A vision will demand change. A vision will require people who will take risks and wander outside the artificial boundaries imposed by the world as it is.

Visions start with a concern. What is bothering you? What is the solution? What should be?

Vision provides for:

• Passion in what we do
• Motivation for what we do
• Direction for our lives
• Purpose in our lives

Successful teams have members who have the ability to cast visions for the people around them. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.

As a “Visioncaster”, you have the potential to shape the lives of the people around you. This is what could be, this is what should be, and this is what will be. Think of the precious and meaningful time that we spend with our children as we cast visions for them. What we tell our children between the hours of 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM before they go to bed has as much to do with their future success as anything else.

Visions thrive in an environment of unity and die in an environment of division, so developing alignment in your team needs to be a priority.

Developing your teams purpose statement will help to create alignment for your team. I would suggest that every team develop a unique purpose statement so your team can maintain their “point of reference”.

Maintaining a vision requires adherence to a set of core beliefs and behaviors – a small set of general guiding principles never to be compromised.

In conclusion, all of our hospital teams will end up somewhere, so why not end up there on purpose? Let’s all have that preferred vision.

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