December, 2013

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The Principle of PASSIONATE VISION

The Principle of PASSIONATE VISION

Colossians 1:27 For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Passionate vision necessitates enthusiasm whiuch is defined as: intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval : her energy and enthusiasm for life | few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.

• a thing that arouses such feelings : the three enthusiasms of his life were politics, religion, and books.

The etymology of the word enthusiasm shows us that the word originated in the Greek language and is a compound of two Greek words, En= in and Theos=God. So it comes from the concept of being indwelt by God. Or inspired by God.

The Need For Vision

Prov 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”

Vision is the one common quality that separates leaders from non-leaders. Leaders have a clear picture of the type of future they want to construct, and they have the skill to convey this vision to others in an enthusiastic, passionate and effective way.

People may work consistently for a wage, but they will achieve at high levels only when they are motivated by a vision that is communicated with passion and enthusiasm.

The preparation and verbalization of vision is a key requirement of leadership. This requires great enthusiasm regarding the vision.

Leaders must have the ability to visualize, to see the big picture and then to enthusiastically and passionately stimulate others to work together to make it a fact. The true leader regards leadership as a means he or she can use to bring about a outcome that is substantial and more significant than any single person could accomplish.

You take the position as the leader when you define an outcome, make a plan, and then plunge your being into making it a reality. You become a leader when you produce an electrifying enthusiastic vision for yourself and others. You are a leader when you know precisely where you want to go, why you want to get there, and what you must to do to accomplish it.

Leaders can define simply to others what it is they are laboring to realize, why they are trying to achieve it, and how they will bring it about. They need to get results and they are impatient with any kind of setbacks. They are enthused about what they are doing, and they get other people enthused as well.

Leaders have goals, plans, and strategies that they are working on every day. They are in a hurry. They have much to do and they think that they always have too little time. Perhaps the most important part of enthusiastic leader is his accuracy. The leader has clear vision, not foggy, clear principles, a clear purpose, and clear, written goals, plans, and strategies for his or her church or ministry.

Habakkuk 2:2

“…Write the vision, and make it plain on the tablets, that he who reads it may run.”

True leaders desire to lead, to be in command, to be credible, to create and make things happen. They are willing to prevail over the risks and the self-denial that is needed to make a authentic difference in their world. They are inspired and they inspire others. Their enthusiasm and passion is contagious.

Determining clear goals for yourself and for your team propels you upward in leadership. It thrusts you to the front of the line. To be a leader, you must be leading others in a specific direction toward a specific goal for the accomplishment of a specific result. The clearer you are about your vision, your principles, your purpose, and your goals, the more enthusiastic you will be and you will lead, and inspire others.

“One man with passion is equal to or better than one hundred with just a good idea.”

Action Steps:

  1. Determine a clear vision for yourself and your church or ministry. Where do you want to be in three to five years? State it clearly. Write it down. Share it with others. The clearer and more detail you are about your future vision for yourself and your ministry, the more enthusiastic and passionate you will be about it and the more you will be able to achieve.

  2. Decide what it is that you truly want to do with your life. This is the most important concept in leadership. If you had no limits of time, money, and resources, what would you be the most enthused about doing in your own life and your church or ministry? What are you passionate about? What would you be willing to do even if no body paid you to do it. Begin today to visualize how you would accomplish it, and then take some action on it today. Then get excited, enthusiastic and passionate about it.