When running day to day operations of your business, it’s easy to get lost in the maze of daily challenges. While focusing on daily tasks is necessary for the long set-up of the business, it does not leave much time to focus on the long term.
I know you are already asking, when will I get time to think long term when I don’t have time to manage the day to day operations.
Often entrepreneurs will always say that they will focus on legacy issues when the business gets to the maturity stage, “I will jump the bridge when I get there” approach.
The only way to leave a legacy is to think right now about how and where you want to leave your mark. Start with the end in mind.
What you choose to work on today is largely a function of what your goals are.
Buckminster Fuller suggested, “The farther out you are willing to look, the easier it is to answer the question, ‘What should I work on this afternoon?’”
Truly, if you are working towards a goal of what needs accomplished by Friday afternoon, your time will be spent much differently than if working towards a quarterly, annual or even longer-range objective.
Exceptional visionaries know that focusing on the long-term, through the lens of what could be, their efforts tend towards business and people objectives of true, lasting importance rather than being pulled into the sly temptation of urgent fires or short-term production.
Incremental improvement alone is no longer enough to be a market leader in today’s ever changing landscape.
Once you make decisions based on “survival mode” instead of long term vision, you will always find yourself on survival mode, you will make survival mode decisions, you will take any client just to survive, even if that client takes you away from your vision.
In your desire to please everyone just for the sake of survival, it is very easy to end up being invisible or mediocre. If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there.
In the face of the storm, never lose sight of your vision. Be led by your vision.
Don’t be led by politics of the stomach, be led by politics of your vision. Sell the vision you have.
The legacy vision is the central pillar that holds everything together in the business.
Chinua Achebe once said: “If the center doesn’t hold, things fall apart.”
If your vision is not not central to everything you do, things will constantly fall apart. Your legacy vision is the glue that holds everything together.
Remarkable visions and genuine insights are always met with resistance.
When you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths, whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it’s over.
If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued.
The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it’s unlikely to be worth the journey.
Don’t ever forget your vision, let is be the first thing that wakes you up in the morning and get’s you out of bed. Let is be why you are doing what you are doing.
Keep your vision burning everyday.