VISION: HOW DOES IT DEFER FROM MISSION?
Vision is not mission; they are different. Most people confuse the two. After I released my video on “7 Keys to Help You Achieve Your Dream”, I received lot of request to distinguish between the two. It is the purpose of this article then to serve that course.
What is Mission?
A mission is a broad general statement about what you wish to accomplish. The mission is essentially a philosophical statement that under-girds the heart of your actions. A written mission statement defines the purpose and justification for your personal, corporate existence. A mission statement deals with general concept of what you want to accomplish. It states your philosophy, your beliefs and then it justifies your existence.
A vision is opposite to that: A case in point: McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) all provide fast food. They all have the same mission. They have one mission, but they do not all see it that way; people are attracted to vision not mission.
What is a Vision then?
Dr. Myles Munroe defines It as the capacity to see beyond your Eyes. It is a conceptual manifestation of purpose in pictures. It is a glimpse of the future in Technicolor. It is a product of a clear sense of purpose and a deep inspiration. It is detailed, customized, distinctive, unique and reasonable. Every word is power packed.
1. Vision is detailed.
It is a conceptual view of the future in detail that a leader can visit the future, explore its varied components and return to the present and communicate that future in fine description.
2. It is customized.
It is specific to the individual and is the leader’s response to a need in his or her environment. The vision is a fit for the leader and separates him or her from other leaders.
3. It is Unique.
True vision is a tailor-made revelation of a future that becomes his source of inspiration. Vision is a divine assignment that provides a unique view of the world in a preferred future state.
4. It is distinctive.
The unique and customized nature of true vision distinguishes it from other vision and places the leader in preferred position
6.It is reasonable.
Although it may be a lofty conceptual view of the future that stretches the imagination and breaks the boundaries of experience and familiar, it is always possible
7. It is what makes a leader a leader and engenders confidence, trust, dedication, and commitment from others. Without it, there is no leadership, only management.