There are many great quotes out there about the importance of having a vision, but perhaps the most powerful one is from the Good Book: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18a) It’s vital to have vision for our lives, or we find ourselves stumbling around, trying to figure out just what we’re supposed to be doing with our lives and where we’re supposed to go, and being miserable and unfulfilled in the process. Speaking from experience, I can tell you plainly: it stinks.
It’s still early days yet in the new year, so we have time to sit and ponder or pray and seek a vision for our lives. I reached out to my friend Yanique Griffiths, the heart and mind behind The Vision Project Company, which aims to help adults, children, couples, groups and even business teams learn how to set the right vision for their lives and projects. She shares how she approaches vision setting, the importance of faith, and how she helps others pursue their purpose.
Q: How and why did you start The Vision Project Company?
VP started roughly eight or so years ago. I was the facilitator of groups (mostly women) at differing ages and stages and noticed that there were similarities in all of us as it related to engaging life intentionally. Most of us wanted to, but had some difficulty sifting through the noise and focusing on living purposefully.
Q: I noticed from the Vision Project’s Instagram page that you host Vision Sessions (groups, couples, etc). Not to give away trade secrets, but what is involved in one of these sessions?
It’s tough to fully describe in words. Honestly, it has to be experienced. People are so very different and are at varying places in their lives. The sessions take into account differing and similar life stages of individuals, couples, and groups to provide a customized experience. Fundamentally, each session helps unearth individual challenges and possible hindrances while guiding people through a process of unique self-discoveries and essence affirmations.
Q: How important is it for us to have vision, especially at the start of the year, when everyone is used to making resolutions and planning what they hope to achieve over the next 11 months?
A vision can create value, provide perspective, engender commitment and assure resolve. The wrong vision can be a virus that becomes harmful to an individual and egregious to the world. Conversely, the right vision can re-frame and reorder someone’s perspective in such a way that they are released from flawed indices of success to pursue life-altering purpose with passion and a deep sense of surety. Everyone has a vision of something. It’s important to use the times when we’re most conscious of resolutions to reshape, refine, or clean the lenses through which we see and engage the world. I guess my answer is that it’s very important. 😊
Q: You always cite Habakkuk 2:2 in your hashtags – write the vision and make it plain. How does being a Christian impact how you do your own ‘visioneering’?
My Christian faith is paramount in visioneering. Vision casting is beyond sketching a mere wish list for self-gratification. Rather, it is a discovery of God’s preferred future for others through me. As I uncover God’s intent for me, I’m more focused in my efforts to serve. As I see what God sees, I can write or draft what I see. My declaration of what I’m shown becomes a reality because God is speaking it into existence through me. He graciously invites me into divine partnership. I can remain confident and steadfast in what I’ve seen because Habukkuk reminds me, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV)
Q: What advice would you give to someone who:
a) is struggling to ‘see’ a vision for their lives (or the year)?
“Seeing” isn’t always a one-time or static thing. Embrace the struggle. We live in a culture that shies away from struggle and pain. It is the journey and the desire to “see” that is beautiful. It takes time to unpack and offload some of what we’ve learned for over 20+ or 30+ years. Sensing that God has something greater for you is where it all begins. Struggle is what sometimes causes us to pause, slow down, and listen to a God who speaks.
b) has problems following through on their vision?
Accountability is a great way to ensure that you stay the course and keep the vision alive. You have to also resist the temptation to revert to accomplishing a task simply to check them off of a to-do list. Rather, spend more time clarifying and refining your visions. This is important because you’re in a process of unloading some old goals as you’re shaping new realities.
Q: How do you teach your children, Seth and Hannah, about the importance of vision, especially at such young ages?
One of the things my husband and I are intentional about is affirming what both the children are hearing, seeing, sensing, and feeling in their spirits. We don’t take their dreams, visions, nightmares or “random words” lightly. We ask them to explain as best as they can and dialogue with each other about what that could mean. I take the time to hear about their favorite athletes and ballet dancers, favorite phrases, and pictures that they like. I print out what they’ve shared with us and have them tape it on their own vision walls.
Q: What is your vision for The Vision Project Company? Where do you see it in the next few years?
While I don’t really know where it will be or even where I want it to be in the next few years, my hope is that it evolves into more than I could have imagined. I see VP being present with people at their toughest and most uncertain hours, and celebrating with them in their most assured and greatest days.
Q: My website is called Written by Tracey, so of course I have to ask, what was the last thing you wrote?
I’m not really sure but it’s either a letter to myself in my journal or a note to my husband and children.
Q: And since I firmly believe reading puts the FUN in fundamental, what is the last thing you read?
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W Keller with Jay Papasan