Visionary or just a dreamer?

“Dreamers dream about things being different. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference”
(Andy Stanley, US pastor)

I see a lot of people who start out as individual business owners with a dream of seeking freedom. And not just the freedom that comes from being in charge of their own destiny.  They also want the freedom to do things right, in the context of whatever their specialism might be.

This week I had the joy of facilitating another Create A Business You Love workshop. One of the major themes that we cover is what kind of a difference are you on the planet to make.  And how can you use your unique specialness (or genius) to bring it about.  The final exercise often sees participants coming to realise that they really can make a difference, and making a commitment to themselves to turn into a reality that better world they once envisioned.

And that is the difference between a dream and a vision –  the commitment to action to make it happen.  Until you are ready to commit to actually doing something about it, that better world will always remain a dream.  Always just out of reach.

Or worse, it will always be somebody else’s responsibility to make your dream happen.  And that probably means it won’t, because you are the only one who knows exactly what your ideal world, your vision, looks like.  Which means that the only person who can bring your vision to life is you.

I still remember the day my mentor, the lovely Nick Heap, turned to me and gently asked: “Somebody? Why not you?”

That was the moment I knew I had to take responsibility for getting more people making a great living doing work they love.  Because that’s my vision: a world where everyone has the opportunity to do work that is meaningful and enjoyable for them. That was the day I committed to my vision.

What vision are you committed to bringing about – or are you still waiting like a fairy-tale princess for someone else to make your dreams come true?


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About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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