The Secret Engine Behind Empowered Visions

By Lisa Petrilli

You’ve created your vision for your business, career, and other aspects of your life in 2011 and can clearly see it playing out in your mind.  If asked, you could clearly articulate it to others.  You know how important this vision is to your success in all parts of your life and you’re fully committed to bringing it to life.

What could possibly get in the way?  Surprisingly, you.

You see, the secret to being fully empowered – by you – to bring your own vision for your business and your life to fruition is to be true to yourself and honor yourself at each point along the path when critical decisions must be made.

Should you pursue the client that doesn’t seem like a great fit or has a conflicting value system as a favor to someone important to you? Should you spend time on an exciting new side project that takes you away from critical initiatives?  What about the request by a local non-profit for pro bono support? 

Should you invest, divest, collaborate, negotiate, sign on the dotted line or simply take time off and spend uninterrupted time with the ones you love?


It all depends on whether, at each critical juncture on the road to your vision, doing these things honors who you are – beyond the question of whether they help you move toward your vision.

Because let’s face it, your strategies to move you down the path toward your vision are not going to play out exactly the way you’ve planned.  You’ll be faced with decisions at various points along the way and what I’m encouraging you to do is to think past whether this particular path will get you to the vision…

I want you to think about how this particular path will affect you – physically, emotionally and even spiritually – as you travel it.

I discovered in 2010 that so much of what I was doing did not – in any way – honor who I really am.  More so than not I was making choices from fear (of disappointing someone, of missing out on an opportunity or additional income…) rather than from a place of knowing what was right for me.

I now know that when I’m emotionally “out of whack” it means in some aspect of my life I’ve not been true to myself and I have to do what can be terribly scary – face that truth and then do something about it.

Taped to one wall of my office is a snippet of a blog post by my SOBCon Mastermind Team Member Steve Farber entitled, “The Extreme Leader’s Mantra” that reminds me to:

  • Do what I love
  • In the service of people
  • Who love what I do


I’ve come to realize that honoring myself and being true to myself absolutely includes all three aspects of this mantra.

Ideas and initiatives borne of love and passion bestowed upon unappreciative or uninterested teams, boards or clients lose their luster and suck the life out of me.  They become “unpowered” rather than “empowered” visions.  The same goes with working in the service of others I respect and admire but on initiatives for which I have no passion.

So even though in such cases I still might be proceeding toward my higher vision, I’ve derailed in the most significant way – by not following the path to my vision that aligns with who I really am.

Steve Woodruff and I and the #LeadershipChat Community will be talking about the importance of vision in leadership tomorrow night on Twitter at 8:00 pm Eastern Time for the first #LeadershipChat of 2011.  As you think about vision and how you use, create and articulate it as a leader, I encourage you to ask yourself if you do anything subconsciously to derail your own efforts to bring your business and personal visions to life.

If you believe you just might do so, then chances are it all goes back to not being true to yourself – to your values, needs, desires and your own personal brand of fuel.

Be true to yourself in 2011 – genuinely empower your vision – and you’ll experience new heights of success!

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Photo is the Apollo 11 Launch by NASA on The Commons.


  1. I needed that today, kicking off the new year. Thank you!
    Steve Woodruff´s last blog post ..People of The Year

  2. Love this post Lisa! It’s so refreshing to hear a professional refer to success in a light that honors self. It’s usually about the success of an initiative, and the human fallout along the way is a “normal” cost of doing business.

    Thanks for boldly standing on the edge. One of the things I truly appreciate about you! Welcome to 2011!

    William Powell´s last blog post ..The Reward of Supporting Others

    • William,

      That means a lot to me – thank you so very much. I don’t believe in that “normal” cost of doing business. I think as leaders when we show others that we honor and respect ourselves they know we’re much more likely to honor and respect our teams and colleagues as well.

      All the best to you in 2011 as well!

  3. Lisa, What a great post. Thanks for being so open about yourself as the example of being true to self. A great lesson for those of us preparing our 2011 plans and visions. Starting today, we should all; Do what we love, in the service of people, who love what we do…thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Steve – I really appreciate that! And yes, keep those 3 points from Steve Farber’s Extreme Leader’s Mantra in mind… :) All the very best to you and Happy New Year!

  4. Great post Lisa. Thanks for the introduction to Steve Farber’s blog too. Loved his mantra – it will definitle find its way onto my wall too. A great way to start 2011. Thanks for all you do!
    Sean McGinnis´s last blog post ..Have You Mastered Your Craft

    • Thank you, Sean and I’m thrilled to know that Steve’s post resonated with you. He is a wonderful leader and someone I admire in many ways. I highly recommend his books too! All the very best, L

  5. Lisa,

    A great way to start 2011! Love your points about discovering and honoring who you are.

    Thanks for another great post and please keep your insights coming in 2011. Happy New Year!


  6. So very true, Lisa. Well said, too.

    And I’m honored to be taped to your office wall :)

  7. I love this:

    * Do what I love
    * In the service of people
    * Who love what I do

    A previous mentor once told me that the formula for success is: 1.) Clear Goals, 2.) Hard Work, 3.) Unwavering Focus.

    In 2010, I came to find what I love. 2011 is about doing more of that, better. And sticking to that formula day-in and day-out.

    • Ricardo,

      I’m thrilled to hear you found what you love – and I wish you all the best of success doing what you love each and every day! Warmest wishes for 2011, Lisa

  8. Wonderful post. If I could, I would give you a big hug. Totally connected with your message and I pray that it will continue to resonate in my heart.
    Happy New Year mi amiga!

    • Thank you so much, Sylvia – and a big hug back to you. :) I pray the same and wish you great abundance in every way for 2011! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment – it is sincerely appreciated!

  9. I don’t have a whole lot to add to what you have here, and I hate to be one of those commenters that comes by and says, “Hey man..nice post.”

    But what can I say? I love this post. I have no further wisdom to add :)
    Marjorie Clayman @margieclayman´s last blog post ..Never again Again


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