Once your team has created a shared vision, the next step is to assess your current situation.
It’s important to have an honest and open discussion about what supports achieving your vision and what impedes you – what’s working and what’s not. This step anchors your vision and clarifies the gap so you can determine the best strategies, goals and action steps.
But be forewarned. It’s not as much fun as creating the vision. When you hold the picture of what you want and also take a serious look at your current reality, tension is generated.
If you’re not intentional, it can be the undoing of your vision. In an effort to reduce the tension, sometimes people let go of their vision saying, “It’s not what I really wanted after all” or “It’s not practical” or “It’s too hard.”
There is another option. You can decide to experience the tension and use it to reach your vision. In his book, The Path of Least Resistance, Robert Frtiz calls this “creative tension,” because the tension helps create the future you desire.
It is a law of nature that tension seeks resolution.
When you accept the tension as inevitable and are willing to live with it … and
when you continue to hold an honest picture of your current situation … and
when you keep your vision front and center …
current reality will begin to shift in favor of your vision.
Use tension to your advantage rather than expending energy avoiding.
Have you ever gone fishing? Consider the difference between the fish that got eaten and “one that got away.” When hooked on a line, the fish that gets eaten pulls against the tension of the line until he is worn out. Then he is easily reeled in. The smart fish swims toward the pole, keeping the tension loose until he finds a way to get off the hook.
The point is that it’s important to recognize your current reality but not be overcome by the tension. Use the tension to your advantage. Don’t let go of your vision.