3 Key Components to Bring Your BIG Vision to Life
Not everyone knows what a “pocketbook” is, and that is ok! I have fond memories of my grandmother instructing us to go in her pocketbook and fish out a treat or a few dollars to get something at the corner store. In her world, the pocketbook was the center of it all and its contents determined one’s ability to do and go places. It was her status symbol, her security, doubled as a defense weapon, and a fashion statement (that’s a lot of pressure for a humble little bag).
We all have our “pocketbooks”; these really important combinations of experience, training and resources that we carry with us and allow to define our journey. We all want to make a difference, change a life, SAVE a life. However, we find that our impact is limited by the contents of our “pocketbooks”. Big dreams fall hard when the money isn’t there to hold it up. PURPOSE gives way to PRACTICALITY when the hard facts of reality start to set in.
The fact is, BIG VISIONS require BIG DOLLARS. There is no getting around it. Even if you chose to personally live at the foot of poverty you still need funds to get your message, your gift, YOU, out into the world.
Is the only option to limit your passion to the size of
Absolutely not! Imagine the darkness that would be our world if past visionaries sulked away in defeat as soon as their own resources came to an end! The answer is to enlist the resources of others, and combine forces. Dump the content of your pocketbooks out and shovel them together into one impactful MOVEMENT!
Here are 3 key components to bring your BIG vision to life:
1. Authentic Service
These are your warriors. They may have nothing else to give, except their time and their hearts, but that is where their POWER resides. You cannot do it alone and need a strong team to put in the physical time. Cultivating relationships with people that share your passion and can align with your vision is the best way to ensure your movement is expanded beyond your own physical capabilities.
2. Established Influence
When you KNOW that your mission is to be a GAMECHANGER there is no running away from the fact that influence beyond yourself is necessary. That’s where your Joint Venture Partners come in. These are people that have what you need, and are willing to partner with you to make it happen. You have to know your own limitations and your own strengths because you will be bringing them both to the table when you sit down to form JV partnerships. These unique and highly valuable relationships literally EXCHANGE WEAKNESS FOR STRENGTH. What you lack, someone else has, and what you have, someone else needs. You will have to become vulnerable and creative but it is SO worth the journey.
3. Sustainable Wealth
It doesn’t matter how dedicated you are, if you do not have the cold hard cash to make it work, there are going to be problems. Let’s be honest, there are so many ways to get the funding that you need. Whether from a job, the public or your own business, you have options. My absolute favorite is Corporate Sponsorship. WHY? It is renewable, growing, versatile, and allows you to carry out your mission without a continual trade of “dollars for hours”. That is always the struggle right? How many hours can you actually devote to financing your dreams, while still having TIME left to actually PURSUE them? With sponsorship, you get about fulfilling your purpose with the security and backing of renewable dollars.
There is no excuse for a head hung in defeat. You have a mission and now you have to get about gathering the tools that you don’t already have in your pocketbook to get it done.
Do your thing!