you be one of the few to stand up in the face of the
criticism and cynicism all around you?
willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the
censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society.
Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in
battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one
essential, vital quality for those who seek to change
a world that yields most painfully to change. Each
time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to
improve the lot of others, or strikes out against
injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different
centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a
current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of
oppression and resistance." -- Robert F.
RFK nailed it!
The one essential, vital quality for those of us who
seek to change the world is rare today. It is the fundamental skill taught inside the program called Visionary
All you need to
do to BE a revolutionary is TAKE A STAND FOR something.
To stand for something in the face of the unknown and
unpredictable. How do you do that?
Really? How do you live as a revolutionary?
It means far
more than "being successful" or "making a
difference." Why waste your time doing those
things when you can start a revolution?!
consider this... What if instead of causing some change,
or making some progress, we started a revolution?
A revolution in the way that human beings
interact, communicate and live. Isn't it time for
it... we may not even survive the decade unless we
revolutionize what it means to be a human being.
Many people in
today's world really try to make a difference. Yet
trying isn't good enough. There is no commitment
in simply trying or intending to make a difference.
simply NOT ENOUGH. What happens when you try to cause change or make a
difference and no one sees your vision? What do
you do when the world turns against you? When your
fellow partners give up? When your initiatives
We go from being visionaries and activists to
being positionaries and reactionaries. No,
you won't find that word, Positionary, in the
dictionary. We made it up!
There is a huge
difference between a revolutionary and a positionary.
digs in his heals or draws his line in the sand and
tries to stand for something. What he or she is
really doing is attacking and defending.
This is not a stand for, it is a fight
revolutionary, on the other hand, truly stands for
something. Life for the revolutionary is not
centered around the opposition, the conflict, the specific
win-lose outcome or the beliefs involved.
I speak now of
what I'll call a new revolutionary or a true
revolutionary. Sure, there have been many
revolutionaries in the past who were little more than
violent and rebellious reactionaries and positionaries.
But it is time
for a new breed of revolutionaries.
Revolutionaries who are also heroic visionaries.
People who are willing to live their lives from a Stand
Life for them
is about an iStand, not a mePosition.
This new breed,
these everyday revolutionaries are the ones who will
bring the real positive revolution that humanity so
badly needs right now.
They are the new heroes.
They are about
something much greater and much deeper than simply
making a difference or being "good" people.
They are revolutionaries taking a stand for a better
life and a better world--a true stand.
Over the past
several weeks, those of us at the VFA have been
distinguishing more clearly who our technology and
methods are for. And without a doubt, our
processes are most valuable to the new
revolutionaries--to those who are up to a greater
challenge in life.
To the new
revolutionaries--the heroes of the Vision Revolution,
the old solutions for communication, commitment and
action simply don't work anymore.
not an option. Trying is not an option.
Having good intentions and being "good" is not
How do you live
your life from a stand? How do you call even your
enemies to greatness? How do you have the world
see your vision? How do you stand for something in
the face of great criticism and fear?
These are the
challenges faced by the new revolutionaries. If
you have a sense that this is you...
If you are
tired of trying, tired of "looking
successful," tired of "being good"
If you are
ready for a challenge worth living for... worth
If you are
ready for real passion, deep purpose, and ultimate
If you have
a sense that you were meant for something greater...
exploring your Visionary
through to the other side!
Your life, your
family, your company, your community, your local
organizations, and the world around you are waiting.