Executing Big Visions

The tension created by visionary ideas is very large. The gap between current reality and aspirations is so wide that it soon leads to incapacity or hasty, uncoordinated activity.

Big visions must be broken down. We need to dissipate the tension into manageable chunks. This creates an objective that seems achievable and therefore drives us forward. It also creates a milestone with which to measure progress towards the larger goal.

It’s like planning to win the war, but understanding there will be multiple battles for key strategic successes. We do not win a war in a day. We also don’t win it by fighting the war every day. We win it by planning and executing battles that aim to secure key strategic objectives.

When we understand the chuck that requires immediate attention, the odds of our success increase.

Work back from what you want to ultimately achieve. Break it down to the granular level. Execute the grains quickly and consistently. Before you know it, the war is over.

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