Andrew Carnegie did something unusual in the steel business. Every time a new invention, discovery or innovation was introduced into the industry, he would destroy and rebuild his factories. Understand, this is a steel plant. It’s not the same as upgrading your laptop’s version of Windows. This was millions of dollars of construction every time. But after several rounds of “creative destruction,” he was the world leader in the steel industry.
Bear with me, this relates to my Visioneering project for 2013. I’ve been rereading Andy Stanley’s incredible book Visioneering; going through it at a leisurely rate, just a chapter a day. But I’m actually taking the time to stop and do the exercises at the end of each chapter, which I’ll admit, I never do (and I bet most of you don’t either).
- How do I envision my career and finances in the future? Retired, financially independent, travel around the world. I’ll also write books
- Family? God will provide me with a blessed wife; she will complete me and be my partner in life, business and ministry
- Together we will raise children that will see and live a life of unlimited possibilities; they will be champions, visionaries and world-changers
So far, so good. But most of that has to do with a personal vision. It’s all about me, my family, my career, my accomplishments. Not that that is necessarily bad, but should I be thinking bigger?
Chapter 5, “Faith, The Essential Ingredient” convicted me. In the exercises at the end of the chapter (that I usually skip over) there was this sentence: “I think it is safe to assume that most Christians are not attempting anything that requires God’s intervention.” Which caused me to stop and evaluate my existing vision.
He calls faith the essential ingredient in a vision. And the greater the vision, the greater the faith required. Looking back, here are some of the sentences that I highlighted in the first half of the chapter:
- Faith is confidence that God is who he says he is…
- It is simply an expression of confidence in the person and character of God.
- Pursuing a divine vision is really an act of worship.
Thinking small is a sign of lack of faith in God’s ability to provide. I believe that God wants us to be prosperous and blessed. I believe that God is looking for visionaries to propel the world forward. I believe that God uses people not based on their ability, but based on their willingness. So, I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt something mediocre and succeed.
So I’m creatively destroying my vision for my life and rebuilding it from scratch. And setting the dial on my vision to 11. So, here’s a new attempt at a personal vision (this is just a first draft so I reserve the right to revise it later).
I want to reach one million people in the world. What do I want to do with those people? I want to touch them in a significant way, to teach them to improve their financial, family or spiritual lives all for the glory of God. I will travel around the world to teach and train people on the principles of success, entrepreneurship, motivation and inspiration. I will be an exemplar of lifestyle evangelism, and live my life as a model for others to follow.
Taking a look at my current book sales and online followers, it becomes apparent that I have a ways to go. But that’s kind of the point. If it’s easy to reach, if it’s possible for me to accomplish on my own, then my vision is only for my glory not God’s glory. Time for me to stop trying to control everything and have some faith.
And while I’m placing everything into God’s hands, I’d also like my wife to be a mega-hottie.
Casting out a net to every mind reading this, what should I do–or begin to do–to achieve my vision of positively impacting one million people?