How to Move from Vision to Action

Your vision for social change is big and bold and beautiful.

It isn’t rational or logical, it’s emotional.  It’s a picture of the future that lights a fire in your heart and inspires you to move forward.

How do you get from that big vision to practical action?

My coaching method involves two core elements to move clients from vision to concrete action quickly:

  1. An initial consultation to move you from vision to next steps in as little as an hour
  2. Weekly check-in calls to keep you on track

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How does the consultation work?

How can you move from vision to next steps so quickly?
Here’s a description of what the consultation entails:

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1: Clarifying Your Vision

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 3.26.02 PMIf you are a social change visionary, you have a picture of a more just, equitable, sustainable, and compassionate future that you want to create.  Your vision is your personal motivation to go out and change the world.  It is also a north star that guides you in the later steps of the process.

Your vision is the picture of the future that stokes an enduring fire in your heart.

Because your vision is so critical to the rest of the process, clarifying that vision is the first step of the coaching process.  Through focusing questions, thought exercises, and practical experiments I will help you clarify your vision for social change.

2: Mapping a Path from Your Vision to Now

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 3.26.08 PMThe next step is to design a path that links your vision to now.  This roadmap is a series of causally-linked outcomes called a theory of change.

Your roadmap will not be set it stone.  It will change as your implement it.  Its purpose is to show you that your vision is possible.

To create the roadmap we’ll start with your vision and work backwards, moving through a series of causally outcomes until we get to the present.  That first outcome – the one right after now – becomes the first goal you’ll take action to achieve.

If this sounds confusing, don’t worry.  I’ll guide you through it.  Believe it or not, you probably already know all the elements of your theory of change.  You just need someone to draw out and curate your insights into a concrete roadmap.

3: Acting, Reflecting, Repeating

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 3.26.13 PMNow you have a goal to work towards, so you can make a plan of action to achieve it.  But it won’t be a complex or longterm plan.

In the ten years that I’ve been working with change-makers, I’ve learned that making longterm plans is often a waste of time.  There is a lot we still don’t know.

For this reason, I take a page from Lean Startup strategy and focus on identifying short-term actions that maximize learning.

We’ll identify actions you’ll take within the next week.  Then, in our first check-in call, we’ll reflect on the results of those actions.  Did you get the result you wanted and expected?  If yes, how can we build on it?  If no, how can we use the feedback information you gained to act more effectively next time?

And then you act again.

This is the process for changing the world.  It starts with a big inspiring vision and ends with ongoing action to make that vision a reality.

One client’s story

But don’t take my word for it.  Read how my client Crystal achieved concrete results in her social change project:

Crystal Liston, a disabilities activist, envisions a future in which all candidates for public office spend a day with a disability.  After an hour-long vision-roadmap-action consultation and 2 hours of communication advising, she began reaching out to candidates.  She received her first positive response from a Congressional candidate within 13 days of our first consultation.

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Crystal reviews the results of the vision-roadmap-action consultation for her project, Disabled for a Day.

Read more about Crystal’s vision and how she’s achieving it.

Are you ready to begin?

Go ahead and email me at contact AT maryjoyce DOT com.

You can also learn more about my coaching method here.

I look forward to hearing from you!