Constraints in personal behavior and attitude are often the gulfs the novice envisioner must confront. Certain learned behavior patterns suppress creativity and serve as action inhibitors by blocking creative thought processes with conscious or subconscious boundaries. Use these informal exercises to help you break down the boundaries that may be keeping you from understanding the envisionment process.
EXERCISE 1 -- Write about a vision of an ideal future relating to a project you are working on or problems you are trying to overcome Assess the limitations (perceived and actual) that you feel are barriers to the success of your vision. What are the values, goals, and shortcomings? What are you willing to do to go beyond the limitations?
EXERCISE 2 -- Learn envisioning from the masters. Listen or read the following speeches: Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" or President Kennedy's Inaugural. How do these speeches communicate a vision that is clear, compelling, shared, focused, challenging, empowering and optimistic?
EXERCISE 3 -- Visions that translate into pictures are easier to communicate. Create an opening scene for a movie about your ideal future vision. Describe the setting (look, feel, and sound). Imagine yourself walking into this ideal world and describe how people are behaving and what was happening around them.
EXERCISE 4 -- Visions that work are combined with strategic planning. Firmly fix into words what your vision will do for the organization (e.g., who will it help, how does it work) Assess the tools and resources you need to construct your ideal future. How long will it take for your vision to take effect? What are other things that may happen? In other words, take a long view into your vision and assess strategic advantages or disadvantages once it is enacted.