The Six Stages of a Vision

January 20, 2010 - Mac Lake - Leadership, Vision
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Now that we’re three weeks into the new year vision architects are busy assembling the pieces they need to build their God-given dream.  Plans are unfolding, resources being gathered, teams mobilized and undoubtedly somewhere in the near future roadblocks will be hit.  That’s why it’s important for the leader to understand the stages of a vision.  When you understand the different phases of vision then you’re able to respond with wisdom and maturity when you encounter challenges.  A vision typically goes through six stages.

  • Imagination Stage- This is the fun stage where you get to think outside the box and dream about possibilities.  Typically you’re focused on solving a problem that is close to your heart and praying through ways God wants to use you to make a difference.
  • Preparation Stage - This is the hard work of putting together the timelines, budget, priorities and goals of the vision.   Vision is seeing tomorrows possibilities today, but it’s not enough just to see it, you have to  design a blueprint in order to minimize frustrations along the way. 
  • Execution Stage - This is where the vision train gets to leave the station.  Teams are deployed and people move into action to make things happen.  Day by day you get to see the framework of the vision being put together. 
  • Frustration Stage - Rarely does a vision come together as planned.  Teams will miss deadlines, circumstances will change, resources become scarce and people will criticize or complain.  Every vision will face a challenge and this will prove the commitment of the leader and the team to the vision.
  • Rejuvenation Stage -If  handled the right way the frustration stage causes the leader and team to think deeper and  push forward with innovative ideas, fresh perspective and new determination. 
  • Celebration Stage - When the team crosses the finish line and the vision becomes reality it’s time for celebration.  Don’t forget to recognize and reward all those who contributed to making it all possible.  And mostly pause to thank God for using you to accomplish His will.

Which stage is your vision in right now?  What’s your next step?

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11 responses to The Six Stages of a Vision

  1. Great post. Highly encouraging. So easy to allow frustrations to cause me to think I am on wrong track, when deep down I’m not. No wonder I archive 99% of your posts.

  2. Great stuff – concise and so right-on! Passed it on to our leadership team. (found this post thru twitter!)

  3. Hey Mike,
    Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

  4. great stuff. i would love to share our story with you if you would be interested. we are prepping to launch a church in a very ridiculous place……would love some insights :)

  5. The whole arena of “vision” is both complicated and yet simple. Thanks for your thoughts.

  6. solomon Amartey April 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    i need note please

  7. Dear Ps. Mac , i am really Blessed when you are in Chennai, India h Dr.John Maxwell, EQUIPE , I million leaders mandate ,

    Thank you once again, happy to see you online resources i am learning a lot all this stuff is wonderful , i am traveling more in Asia , i was teaching on Leadership Indonesia , now i am in Malaysia ,

    I hope some days you will visit India for a greater Leadership Impact Institution

    in His Service

    Ps.Prakash Daniel

  8. Kingdom greetings Man of GOD. What helpful insights I have read, the LORD bless you Sir. As I was reading the 6 Stages of a Vision, it was so relevant to what is happening in our ministry currently, and was greatly encouraged by leadership insights shared. Keep doing what the LORD has commanded you for the Kingdom. Thank you.

    Calvary Regards
    Pastor Neo Rathebe, South Africa

  9. Thank you glad you found it helpful

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