(previously Power To Stand: A Course In Greatness)
Written by Michael Skye for the Vision
Each Visionary Mind Shift may be easy enough to grasp
at a glance, yet each is a puzzle piece in a larger
puzzle called the Vision Force Matrix. The more
you integrate this shift with the other shifts, the
more the matrix will begin to emerge. Your
understanding of the distinctions and the matrix
itself will evolve as you move through the
course. To speed that evolution, do your best to
view each word and distinction as something new, a
mystery, rather than by relating it to what you
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Positionary | Visionary
Most people who take a stand only do it once they've
built a pretty solid position to hide behind. They
make the other side out to be evil, and then it's easier
to stand. These are the old school
revolutionaries. Their hearts may often be in the right
place, but they have little power to inspire lasting
change. The new revolutionaries know that the real
power lies in being a visionary. Learn the
- One who takes a stand in the face of the powers
that be or the status quo.
Positionary - A
revolutionary who tries to make a difference from a position.
Visionary - A
revolutionary who sees the kind of vision that calls
one's self, one's team and one's adversaries to greatness.
from / defends a position
for / co-creates from a stand/vision
for me (self as position) and of others
(others as position)
for i (self as stand) and thou (others as
2. Convert 'em
Stand with 'em
3. Create with 'em
fear, hate and retaliation; results in
position-building and reaction from all sides
greatness, communication and
co-creation; results in stand-taking and
creation from all sides
for the moment if this is not fully
clear. This is just the beginning.
Related Distinctions: (links
Value System vs. Visionary Value System
Position vs. Stand
passionate about the environment. She works for
a green energy business, drives a gas-electric
hybrid and recently joined a local environmental
attends her first meeting, passionate about the local
debate about the controversy between big money
commercial real estate developers and green activists
who want to save the aquifer that they propose to
sure that she can get others in the community to see
the threat that the developers pose to the
environment, and can get them to support the
cause. She's also hopeful that the developers
themselves might rethink their plans to build atop the
first meeting, she proposes that the other activists
join her in going to visit the developers in person
and talk to them about shared values and creating a
win-win solution... and everyone laughs.
"Silly girl," someone says, "These are
capitalists! All they value is greed and
destroying the environment. Those are their only
joins in the laughter, some even roll their eyes at
her idealistic naivety. Jodi fakes a smile, not
sure what to think. But she knows she wants
these people to like her. She feels
conflicted. She really thinks that something
could be resolved by communicating with the other
makes some phone calls to the "Capitalist
Pigs" and even goes to their offices in
person. She wants to be the one to make a
difference. But as soon as the developers learn
what organization she's with, they turn cold.
They are short with her, and don't seem to take her
experience is tough for Jodi. Maybe those guys
are just cold-hearted snakes. A few years past
and before you know it, Jodi is talking like everyone
else. She's angry. She's cynical.
The other side just won't change. And the system
works against people like her.
woman who took a stand and began to see a vision for
real progress, has begun the typical devolution into a
Positionary. She sees the new bright-eyed
activists joining the organization, and laughs at
their naivety. "They just don't get
it," she thinks. She's sad. She's
cynical... but at least she's on the "right"
side. At least she cares.
one day, a young activist stands up in the middle of a
meeting, and proposes they change their
approach. There is laughter and eye
rolling. But this doesn't stop the young
woman. She is passionate, committed. She
turns and looks at the people who are laughing and
calls out to them. She's shaking, she's
vulnerable, she's so deeply committed to the cause...
that everyone can't help but listen.
can't begin to know what it's like to give your life
to this cause, and to meet with so much disappointment
and rejection. You guys are my heroes
though. You're still fighting. For years
and years, you've been the only ones willing to take a
stand for this beautiful city. You haven't
quit. You're still here.
the other side really can't be talked to. Maybe
they'll laugh at us once again, mock us, and go right
on with their plans. But I joined this
organization, because I wanted to be surrounded by
heroes, people who are unwilling to sit idly by and
let things keep going downhill. We can't afford
to grow cynical. We can't afford to believe that
the other side will never change."
nameless young woman goes on. There's something
about her raw courage and authenticity that quiets the
room, and has even the most cynical of the group
beginning to hope again. Suddenly Jodi's eyes
are tearing up. She remembers a day when she
still believed. What has happened to her?
are powerless to call themselves, their team or their
adversaries to greatness. Visionaries, on the
other hand, see the kind of vision that call
themselves, their team and even their adversaries to
even our heroes are usually models of being
positionaries, rather than visionaries. If even
our heroes can't keep standing for everyone, how can
positionary path is more comfortable, yet is a sure
path to slow death. It's a path paved by
compromise. And compromise kills the human
whether "successful" in their cause or not,
have the advantage of knowing deep inside that they
are facing, standing and walking forward. The
fulfillment they feel can't be replaced by righteous
judgments. Their power is authentic. They
live true to their values and their vision. They
can call the world around them to greatness.
you become cynical about? Your marriage? The
public school system? Politics? Life
itself? What conclusions and judgments have you
formed about the "other side" or people in
general? These conclusions and judgments are part
of your position. See how they let you off the
hook from being "the one?"
feelings would you have to risk or face in order to
believe once again? What would be worth standing
for? The more you see yourself standing for that,
the more you see what?
other visionaries and discuss how to integrate this
distinction into your life on the
can you learn to see the greatness in others?
Where can you learn to stand, when everyone else is
giving in or giving up? Where can you learn to
keep your vision alive in a cynical world? Where
can you learn to communicate a vision that no one else
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