Vision – without it, leadership is dead. Without it, movements don’t exist. You can’t bridge the gaps of trust erosion without vision.
Three things that I would like you to do to work on vision as you go into 2018:
One, you need sacred space. You need sacred space to work on your vision. We’re sitting out here right now by my fire pit. This is where I train all of my Pathfinder Coaching students. It’s where I do my own story development work, where I come to work through the trauma of combat, whatever it is I need to do. I counsel transitioning veterans out here. This is my sacred space by this river. This is where I go to to tap into the muse, that higher power that helps me do my work and create my vision.
The second thing I’d like you to do is think deeply about what you’re building. What is it that you’re building that’s going to make a difference in the world? Bo Eason has a quote that I absolutely love, and I use it all the time. He says, “This is what I’m building. Help me build it.” I used that with Steven Pressfield, bestselling author. I’ve used that with Chris Crowe, who wrote the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ screenplay, who previewed my book for me, the second edition of Game Changers. Steven Pressfield wrote my forward. Why? Because I said to him, “Steve, this is what I’m building. I wanna change the game in how we fight violent extremism. Help me build it.” You know what happened? “Scott, I’ll help you,” and he wrote the forward.
The final piece I’d like you to think about – who are the champions who can help you achieve that vision? Who are the people with resources, money, authority, knowledge, access to other influencers,etc., who can be part of this? Who could locate themselves as the heroes in this journey and help you, as the guide, build that. List those people out. You’ll be surprised the number of people who will help come to your aid and achieve that vision.
What’s your sacred space? What are you building? Tag your champions who can come to your aid and swing the big stick to help achieve your vision.
If you do those three things, you’re off to the right start for mindset, and a perfect start for the new year.
I’ll see you on the Rooftop….