Gaps can be a good thing. Peter Senge says: “Truly creative people use the gap between vision and current reality to generate energy for change.”
Motivation for change is often lacking without a gripping positive vision that you are committed to. The current situation is the current normal – and the usual situation is ‘comfortable’. People may not totally like the current situation, but they aren’t necessarily all that motivated to change it either.
That is until – a vision of a preferred future becomes clear and compelling to those that have become generally accepting of the current situation. When this happens, individuals or groups of people start to work toward the vision. When groups of people see a similar vision, they have a ‘shared vision’. A shared vision becomes a powerful ingredient in eliminating the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what is desired’.
Actions follow dreams. Epictetus (2nd Century A.D.) understood this when he said: “First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” We are able to accomplish much when we decide to leave the current in pursuit of the desired vision.
Focusing on the possible, preferred future is important because in doing so we are working to make a brighter future for generations to come.
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