When laying out a plan to accomplish and attain your vision (ultimate goal) start by asking “Why” – what is the purpose for what I am trying to accomplish? Then, more importantly, you need to, not only, ask why, but put that why into action.
I find that many companies struggle to find their purpose and thus never succeed in executing their vision. There exists a gap between vision and execution of purpose!
What Comes First
Delineating and clarifying your purpose is your starting point – now you have to execute. That execution has to be translated into an action strategy, with operational steps, value proposition development, and branding initiatives.
Business leaders start with Why but fail, in many cases, to effectively execute the purpose and many don’t see it as relevant to their success – they are wrong! They see purpose as an ideal outcome that is not achievable so they default to typical business priorities. However, leaders that use purpose to clarify priorities, inspire action, and produce long and far-reaching value are the big winners.
Therefore, motivation matters. Are you deeply committed to your purpose? If so, you will have the drive to execute the vision and the why will be answered.