by Andy Stanley
Visioneering: Fulfilling God’s Purpose Through Intentional Living
Multnomah Publishers, Inc 1999. p 7-12, 17-18, 125-127, 141-142.
A new word.
An old concept.
A familiar process.
Where definitions fall short, a story often
So let’s begin with a story.
On December 17, 1903, at 10:53 A.M., Orville Wright secured his place in history by executing
the first powered and sustained flight from level ground.
For twelve gravity-defying seconds he flew 120
feet along the dunes of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
In the field of aviation, this historic event represents a beginning.
But for Orville and Wilbur
Wright, it was the end of a long and tedious journey.
A journey initiated by a dream common to every
The desire to fly.
But what most children abandon to the domain of fantasy, Orville and Wilbur
Wright seized upon as potential reality.
They believed they could fly.
More than that, they believed they
Wilbur described the birth of their vision this way:
Our personal interest in it [aviation] dates from our childhood days.
Late in the autumn of 1878,
our father came into the house one evening with some object concealed in his hands, and before
we could see what it was, he tossed it into the air.
Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected, it flew across the room till it struck the
ceiling, where it fluttered awhile, and finally sank to the floor.
It was a little toy, known to
scientists as a “hélicoptère,” but which we, with sublime disregard for science, at once dubbed a
It was a light frame of cork and bamboo, covered with paper, which formed two screws,
driven in opposite directions by rubber bands under torsion.
A toy so delicate lasted only a short
time in the hands of small boys, but its memory was abiding.
This childhood experience sparked in the boys an insatiable desire to
The only thing they lacked was a means.
So they immediately went to work removing the obstacles
that stood between them and their dream.
The began building their own hélicoptères.
In doing so they stumbled
upon the principles of physics that would pave the way for their first successful manned flight.
they began to engineer their vision. They took the necessary steps to insure that what they believed could
be, would be.
This process captures the essence of visioneering.
Visioneering is the course one follows to make dreams a reality.
the process whereby ideas and convictions take on substance.
As the story of the Wright brothers
illustrates, visioneering is the engineering of a vision.
If I were to boil it down to a formula, it would look
something like this:
Visioneering = Inspiration + Conviction + Action + Determination + Completion