When a person is completely saturated and over-full with a vision, others will surely notice it. Unfortunately some people with a vision are like the open valve of a fire hydrant on a hot summer day in New York City. Their vision comes out uncontrolled, sharing the refreshing and energizing substance with whomever gets close enough, but will receive it with their own agenda. Leaders however are different, they want to make sure the vision is intentional shared with those that can help them attain it; with people that stick around.
One of my best moves is to surround myself with friends who, instead of asking, “Why?” are quick to say, “Why not?” That attitude is contagious. – Oprah Winfrey
We obtain momentum (Momentum part 1) by receiving a vision from God, momentum (Momentum part 2) is gained whenever an individual steps out to make the vision a reality, and lastly momentum is maintained when others are included in the vision and the vision is caught.
- A Leader Transmits the Vision
Nehemiah 2:17 ‘Then I said to them:”
Nehemiah approached the key influencers, and shared four ingredients of vision;
- the Purpose (vs. 17a): Whenever a God given vision is shared it always comes with a clear purpose and a picture that is bigger than self, plus one. Momentum will slow down, when the purpose becomes unclear or the vision gets as small as one individual.
- with Passion (vs. 17b): Passionate people are contagious, but especially when it is a combination of compassion and an inward drive to do something about a situation or problem personally. Why would people move, if the leader is not moved?
- with Power (vs. 18): Nehemiah shared with the people that he received permission from God and the king, which represents authority. You can never be an authority if you are not under authority.
- having a Plan (Neh. 3): In order to be successful it is crucial to have a strategy to fulfill the vision. With a plan everybody knows the hard work that needs to be done, without a plan everybody just works hard. The last will demotivate the workers eventually, and if no action is taken it will cause the momentum to slow down even to the point of coming to a final stop.
And last but not least, momentum ends were it started; with God.
- Continue to Rely on God
Nehemiah 2:20 “The God of heaven will give us success.”
The beginning of failure is the moment when the momentum leaves a trail of success, and we start relying on self. Ego will become the only thing we have eyes for, when we loose sight of God.
Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren. – Deut. 6: 9
make sure you don’t forget how you got there. – Deut. 6:12a