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The Battle Within: Heart vs. Head in Unleashing Your Vision and Passion.

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Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

"Where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?" This intriguing question from Willy Wonka in the classic film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" isn't just a whimsical pondering. It's a profound inquiry that resonates deeply with anyone seeking to understand the origins of their vision and passion. To explore this theme, one needs to delve into the essence of what drives us as individuals and leaders.

Personal Journey:

My fascination with this question stems from a lifelong journey of self-discovery and leadership. Understanding where our vision and passion originate is crucial for personal and professional sustainable growth. Like many, I once questioned my leadership capabilities, yet I've realized that leadership isn't just a title; it's an action, an influence that we all possess, whether we're guiding others or steering our own course.

The Quest for Vision:

The ancient Hebrew proverb, "Where there is no vision, the people perish," underscores the vital need for a clear and compelling vision in our lives. My youthful dream was to soar among the stars as an astronaut, a vision that propelled me through rigorous academic and physical preparation during my teenage years. However, an unexpected revelation during a pre-college physical exam — substandard color vision — abruptly halted my journey, leaving my dreams and vision adrift.

Rediscovering Passion:

The following years were a testament to the wandering that ensues when one's vision blurs. I had failed academically, failed in leadership, and failed in marriage. It wasn't until I began working with young people, shaping minds and futures in the classroom, that a new vision and passion ignited within me. This wasn't a swift revelation but a gradual awakening to the profound impact I could have on the next generation. My commitment to nurturing growth in others became the cornerstone of my existence, shaping every decision and interaction.

What started as a passion for educating youth has blossomed into a broader vision encompassing adults' growth and development. I've learned that passion isn't static; it evolves and expands, adapting to new insights and experiences. It's a journey, not a destination.

When you understand your vision, it is time to begin to set your goals. As Mark Cole said in the blog post, "Ensure Your Best Year Ever:"

If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? Clarity on what you’re pursuing keeps you focused in the difficult times.


As we stand on the brink of a new year, it's an opportune moment to reflect and realign with our inner vision and passion. The question isn't just "Where is vision? Where is passion bred, in the heart or in the head?" It's about understanding that sustainable vision and passion are bred when the heart and head work harmoniously. I invite you to embark on this introspective journey, to create space in your mind for this vision, and to feel it deeply in your heart. Your path awaits, and the world awaits the impact of your unique vision and passion.

Look inside yourself, find your vision, and let it guide you in all that you do! -- John Maxwell

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