Not only is it important to realise that there is a difference between the two – vision is about the ‘what’ and strategy is about the ‘how’. We must also recognise that there is an order and a priority when it comes to vision and strategy. In a great article, from someone who knows what he is talking about, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson books) outlines his experience and finishes with some helpful recommendations:
Here’s what I recommend:
- Get alone with just a journal and a pen. If you can get a way to a solitary place, so much the better.
- Make sure you won’t be interrupted. Turn off your cell phone, e-mail, television, etc.
- Close your eyes and pray. Ask God for inspiration and guidance. What you ultimately want is alignment between His plan and your vision. But don’t make this harder than it needs to be. God usually speaks through our desires. If that’s a new thought, then read John Eldredge’s book, Desire: The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers.
- Write down your current reality—all the things that you don’t like. Be brutally honest. It’s difficult to change unless you find your current reality unacceptable.
- Now write down what you would like to see happen. Write it down in detail. If you can, use all five senses. Write it in the present tense, as though it has already happened. This will make it more believable to you.
- Share your vision with the people who have a stake in the outcome.
- Commit to reading your vision daily. This is critically important. “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The more you can “see” this, the more likely it will come to pass.
Remember: Don’t get hung up on how you will accomplish your vision. Just believe God and watch it come to pass.