by Glenn A. Williams
This article is dedicated to some of my favourite quotes on vision and visioning. Throughout history, human ingenuity has relied on vision to think differently.
You can use them during your vision retreat to draw inspiration and encouragement, as you take the inner path to leadership.
“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is living fully and just existing.”
Gerber Michael E.
"When old dreams die, new ones come to take their place.
God pity a one-dream man."
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? No much.”
“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”
“You’ll never live a life that matters until you define what matters.
Defining what matters is the purpose of vision.”
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision that you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
Former Chairman, General Electric
“The empires of the future are empires of the mind.”
“Where there is no vision the people perish.”
“Big thinking precedes great achievement.”
“Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision.”
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
T. E. Lawrence
“To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership—not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere.”
“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”
“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
“When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.”
Charles R. Swindoll
“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.”
“In the long run men hit only what they aim at.”
Henry David Thoreau
“So many of our dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.”
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
“Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up ‘cause they’re looking for ideas.”
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
If you’d like to learn more about how to plan a vision retreat – for yourself or your team – you can find detailed instructions inside the following book: