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. . . This is your story
You seek possibilities and solutions.
Your unique point of view is formed by your blend of the three foundational priorities of mind: Past (Certainty), Present (Probability), and Future (Possibility). The result of this blending of priorities is your thinking style and it defines the value you bring to every aspect of your life. It is what motivates you and it shapes your personality. It is also at the root of most of our differences in the way we each think.
Your thinking is oriented towards chasing after the many opportunities that lie in front of you. You become energized by these possibilities you see and your energy is infectious, often sweeping others along with you. You’re always coming up with new ideas, finding solutions and driving change with your ideas of the way things could be. You intuitively understand how people ‘tick’ and benefit from trusting your gut; it’s rarely off. You only continue to invest yourself in something as long as it holds your attention and you feel hopeful that you can get what you want from it, the result is that many things lie unfinished. Not necessarily a bad thing!
You will always be driven by Possibility often imagining the next big thing, remember, intuition is your ace card. Use this ability as your foundation and align your efforts with what you do so well.
As a Visionary, you have
- A contagious enthusiasm and openness towards others
- A willingness to tackle challenges; often delivering very novel solution
- A desire to stir things up, change things and make your ideas known
- An attraction for things that reflect your creative, spontaneous nature
- A knack for finding solutions to sticky or impossible problems
- A flair for selling yourself and your ideas
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When you recognize future opportunities before most people would, use all your creativity and drive to take advantage of them before they’re gone.
- Do follow your dreams. While some people may think you have your head in the clouds, you see something magical and there’s true wonder in that magic.
- Do think about how focusing a little more of your attention on what’s happening around you now may help you achieve every task you’ve set for yourself. Being a dreamer is great – making those dreams a reality is greater.
Focus more on organizing what’s happening in the present moment and use what happened in the past as information to help you make smarter choices.
- Don’t let people who need facts or figures stop you from achieving the greatness you know you’re capable of. The future isn’t waiting for you – it’s your playground and you know that you need to actively go after it if you’re going to succeed.
- Don’t forget to stop every now and then and take a look back. Is there anything you can learn from your past? While you might not think it as important as what’s waiting for you up ahead, you might be surprised to see patterns you’ve been repeating that could be changed to your advantage.
What you bring to the world
Stupid is as stupid does. This isn’t something you learned from books – it’s something you learned from experience. It’s these life experiences that have moulded your outlook and created your street-wise wisdom. The complexity and fluidity of life doesn’t follow a plan and can’t be summarised on the page. It has to be lived. To see the next opening before anyone else. To truly integrate the organic process that is life. This is your wisdom.
What the books say and what the rules say are left for other people in your world. Your wisdom is about taking each case as unique, about “feeling” what’s right and wrong rather than being told. It’s a flexible, liberal wisdom that you use to manage life: the wise old person who intuits the future by reflecting on a life that’s been lived, not studied. But then again, if you could add book smarts to your repertoire, you’d be a sage as well as a seer. Your street-wise wisdom gives you values that are shaped by experience. You’ve got an open-mind about how things are, something you’ve earned by traveling (both physically and mentally), and meeting and savouring the different people of your journey.
Your open-mindedness is not closed down by the rules or traditions that constrict people with other kinds of awareness. In fact, you might find yourself clashing with them. It’s like you’ve seen the light and can’t understand why others won’t. But remember to keep patience with those who don’t share your liberal wisdom and open-minded values.
The Visionary is the idea person and drives passion
We all have relationships, they’re a natural and important part of most people’s lives. Why is it that even in our most intimate and important relationships we struggle, at times, to make things work, to understand each other, to see eye-to-eye? The simple fact is that we do not think the same way. We each bring our own point of view and use that to further what is important to us in the moment, whether it be in our private life, our work or with friends.
Knowing how we think—specifically our archetype—helps us to hear with more compassion. To listen and hear beyond a person’s words. To understand where they are coming from, what they need, and where they are trying to get to in conversation with us.
Find Out How Visionaries Relate With Each Archetype
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When you both agree on a vision, they can help do the research that makes certain it’s a real possibility and not wishful thinking.
Without some present planning to keep things organized, you might be lost in coming up with new possibilities and having them shoot these down with research. They may hold you back; you may be leading them out of their comfort zone.
Working as a team, you can realize a brilliant future together and make plans for it.
You’re not naturally the planning type. They seldom ponder too far into the future, but prefer to take control over what’s happening right now. It’s going to take understanding and compromise to see your way to a common ground.
You both share an understanding of the dynamics of a Future thinking style. You both love new ideas and experiences, seeking new opportunities.
You both have strong visions, and sometimes they may conflict. While you’re willing to compromise, there are limits, and your vision will have to be met.
In an ideal world, you’d compliment each other’s thinking styles. You’d bring the vision of a possible future, they’d help research the evidence and make plans for it.
We’re not living in an ideal world, so they may grow tired of your future-based need for new and exciting adventures just as you may grow tired of their need for playing it safe and planning everything.
You both share a need for envisioning all the possible futures available to you. If you can factor in their need to have some facts to back up your decisions, things can work well.
You don’t always need those facts, though, and neither of you is a whiz at planning what to do now. When you let them down once, they will remember it forever.
If you can communicate your needs, you’ll complement each other. Your vision of the future and their planning and need for the safety of facts can lead to very fulfilled lives.
Chances are you won’t see eye-to-eye without great empathy for each other’s way of doing things. They may find you flaky and ungrounded. You’ll probably find their strict adherence to rules and constant need for information to be a drain on your exciting pace.
You share an understanding of the Future thinking style; both of you are looking for new experiences.
They get to the Future thinking style by first going through the control and organizational needs of a Present perspective. Just as you’ll have trouble dealing with their need for plans, they’ll have trouble with your need to jump from one opportunity to the next.
You both look to the future for new opportunities and can share a rich life of exploring new experiences together.
While you’re willing to go for it, you may find they’re more cautious, always wanting a little more information. You may feel frustrated by their need to gather facts.
You both share the joy of new experiences and ideas. You both hunger to seek out the best life has to offer.
They need to have some control over where they are and what they’re doing. This means organizing, structuring, planning—things you don’t naturally do and find slow down the flow. Conflicts can arise when you both want things your own way.
This could be harmonious. Connectors will understand where you’re coming from, even if they don’t agree with it.
You may find them too wishy-washy and diplomatic. Do they always have to be so understanding? Having a Future thinking style means you have fire in your belly and they’d better be able to keep up with that.
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