My love for running began in the fourth grade. I signed up for the elementary school cross–country team and trained for a few local 5K races. The most influential part of the experience was running with my dad, who jogged by my side in each race. I can still remember his words of encouragement and little bits of advice interspersed throughout our steps and the excitement in his voice when we could see the finish line, pushing me to finish strong.
It has been a joy to now introduce my daughter to running. Like most kids, she eagerly starts in a near sprint when the race begins and then, about halfway through, she loses steam and gets discouraged. At this point, I tell her how great she’s doing, sing songs to keep her going, and most importantly, help her visualize the end—how it will feel to cross the finish line, place the medal around her neck, and guzzle the well–earned chocolate milk.
Just as this image of the finish line motivates my daughter to continue running, the images placed in our minds of what we can accomplish in the future heavily influence our actions today.
By setting vision, leaders give their teams hope and inspire great work.
Vision provides clarity for the future—it creates an image of who we want to become and what we want to achieve. Without it, we wander, lack purpose, and deliver mediocre performance. With it, we feel focused, have meaning, and produce our best work. Setting a clear vision matters.
In this video, I share three critical elements of a powerful vision, inspired by one I heard from an incredible organization last week, Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Abbey uses over a decade of talent management experience to help organizations drive business results through enhanced employee engagement. She is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to be their best. She's also a mom to two sweet girls, a wife to one good man, and a fan of running and hosting dinner parties.