In this past week I’ve become very aware of the fine line that we often draw between what it means to be business-minded and vision-minded. As the economy continues to plan a trip south and we find out what the reality of this means in our local worlds, I think that it can easily be open season on dreamers. Now is not the time for dreams to die. Now is not the time to sell our vision out to fear. This can feel like a tall order, I know. Business and dreams seem to clash in the air. Where is the mix between the two? What becomes our guide? Do we cash in our vision to projections of hard(er) times. Vision that is grounded continues to lead if we allow it to do so. Has the world shifted in the past several months? Yes. Do we know where this is leading? No. Do we need to be really smart right now? Yes. Do we have to forget our dreams in order to be fiscally-minded? No. Business and dreams can exist together. Yes.
I offer up some thoughts to help dreamers make it through the day, into the board room and away from the cliff:
1. Fill in blanks where you can by telling what you know.
2. Create some method to get creative ideas into action (faster than usual).
3. Re-think before you re-write you reasons for being (don’t throw the vision out with the bath water).
4. Keep stirring the dreams in the mix. Stir a little harder before watching the evening news.