As a visionary, you are inspired by limitless possibilities. You want to tap into what is possible and help others to see it so that your ideas can bring change for the greater good. You are enthusiastic, philanthropic, curious, optimistic, and courageous. You love opportunities to connect others with your dreams of a brighter future, and you know they are possible.
As a leader, you love to take in new ideas and encourage those around you to seek a higher purpose in the work you are doing. You inspire others to unleash new possibilities. You encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas so that you can process them into a grand vision with innovative solutions, working to ensure that everyone’s needs are addressed. You have a strong ability to visualize your ideas in your mind, which allows you to explain them very clearly to others so that everyone can be on the same page, and this is very valuable in forming common goals in your team.
You crave the freedom to shape your ideas without molds, and you feel your best when you can let your mind run wild through a field of endless possibility. You spend a lot of time in your own head going over possibilities, but you are very skilled at showing others what you are seeing and connecting them to the vision in your mind as well.
As a visionary, you believe in grand possibilities because you can see them very clearly in your mind, even if others cannot. You believe that the world is full of opportunity and chances to learn and grow, and you do not want to miss out on any of it. You are courageous, boldly moving into uncharted territory and bringing forth ideas that may not have been expressed or envisioning new concepts that have never before been possible.
You fear being doubted by others, being stuck in a reality that cannot live up to your dreams, and negativity. Fear is a healthy emotion that alerts us when it is time to get prepared. Fear alerts us to the fact that something needs assessing. When you live in the space of fear it can become paralyzing and confusing. The feelings of anxiety and overwhelm can present themselves as guarded and tense. The opportunity is to embrace the fear as your friend. Shift the shallow breath to a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this fear justified?” If so, “What do you need to prepare for?” It is also an opportunity to shift your story. Are you telling the story of action vs endless dreaming, optimistic vs unrealistic, or free-thinking vs defiant?
So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. Feedback is often not your friend because it can make you feel misunderstood. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.
When the visionary is not serving you to be your best, you can get stuck in an endless dream cycle, constantly thinking of what could be rather than bringing your ideas down to earth and making them happen. You can get stuck continuing to build upon an idea until it becomes too grand to be realistic. This can frustrate those around you who want to work toward your shared goals and turn ideas into a concrete reality.
Because you do not want to miss out on any possibilities, you love to jump from vision to vision, creating grand ideas in many different arenas. While this ability to take information from many different sources can help you, it can also be a hindrance if you find yourself unable to commit to one plan and see it through to the end. Teammembers may see your desire to think of many different plans as an inability to commit to one project, and may be frustrated by a lack of progress toward a shared goal.
Life is not always easy for the visionary. It can be hard to allow yourself to stop improving upon your ideas, making you hesitate to take action to make them happen, as sometimes you cannot shake the feeling that something could be better. Because you prefer to see the world through rose-tinted glasses, it can be difficult for you to engage in the mundane or negative aspects of life. It is hard to come down to earth when your dreams are so beautiful, and it can be exhausting to be met with harsh realities when you can envision idyllic futures.
Visionaries make good leaders, writers, artists, social workers, teachers, filmmakers, and consultants.
Martin Luther King Jr.