"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJ)
Vision is empowering to the leader who has it. The leader with vision believes not only that what he envisions can be done, but that it must be done.
First, the leader must be willing to stretch and grow himself to the size of the vision. Through faith in God and His Word, we get the right vision or dream. For it to become a reality it takes hard work, sacrifice and the right partners.
If a vision is from God it is bigger than you. And if it’s bigger than you, you are going to need God and people. Why would God ever give you a vision that doesn’t need Him?
Second, the leader must seek and find winners and potential winners to add to the team.
"Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch." (Acts 11:25-26)
- Winners are less sensitive to disapproval and rejection—they brush it off.
- Winners think bottom line.
- Winners focus on the task at hand.
- Winners are not superstitious—they say, “That’s life.”
- Winners refuse to equate failure with self-worth.
- Winners don’t restrict thinking to established, rigid patterns.
- Winners see the big picture.
- Winners welcome challenge with optimism.
- Winners don’t waste time in unproductive thought.
Once the winners are added to the team, they join others as the major influencers in the organization. Winning teams always play to win. They may lose occasionally but they always win in the end. They have learned how to turn a single victory into a series of victories. There is a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose.
God told Moses: “Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15).
2012 is our time to go forward; it’s a season of advancement for the church. General George S Patton’s motto was: We always advance; we never dig in.
Lastly, it is very important for the leader to mentor these winners. They should be exposed to great books (past and present), great places, great events and great people. They should find great ideas in you, the leader. They should be given opportunities that will cause them to stretch and grow, and even fail once in a while. Sometimes we can learn more from a failure than we can from a win.
Effective Mentors Must Be:
- Successful in their area of expertise.
- Secure in who they are.
- Generous and able to see potential in others (Proverbs 20:5; 11:24-25).
- Willing to take a risk on people (Eg. Barnabas took a risk on Paul when no one else would—Acts 9:26-27).
Emerging Leaders and Long Term Winners Must:
- Have a passion for personal growth and maturity.
- Be willing to work hard and sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
- Step out in faith taking the necessary opportunities and risks.
- Be faithful with that which is another man’s (Luke 16:12).
"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2).
Reproduction is the principle of life. A Church or organization with only one leader soon disappears.
We are Victory Family—Home of Champions
It’s My Time to be a Winner on a Winning Team
2012 is Our Time to Win Big!
Victory is a multi-generational, multicultural, multinational, multifaceted, worldwide apostolic movement!
Dr. George Hill