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What stops a Vision from being birth?

Lonnie McCowan

Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

For over twenty years I have been involved in birthing visions. There are two things that I have learned that stops or keeps a vision from living or being birth.

If you are a leader of a church, company, or leading your family  and you want your vision to live  take these steps to make your vision a really. A vision being birth can sometime seem complicated.

The task of leadership is to break a complicated process of moving from where you are to where God wants you to be into clear, simple, easy, natural steps that make vision real.

1. Clear
If what you’re asking people to do is confusing, chances are they’ll move in a different direction than you intend for them to, or worse they won’t move at all. Your idea and message may seem obvious and clear to you, but it doesn’t matter how clear it is in your mind. You’ve got to figure out a way to make it clear to the people you want to take the step.

2. Simple
If you want people to take a step that will move them and the organization in a preferred direction, then it can’t be complicated. If you’ve ever put together IKEA furniture then you understand what I mean. It’s amazing how they can fit a 6×6 entertainment center in a box the size of a Rubix Cube, and for some reason there always seem to be parts left over! The best and quickest process is always a one step process.

3. Easy
Let me be clear. By no means am I saying that helping people take steps towards making vision real is easy in the sense that it is painless, peaceful or comfortable. Moving people toward a preferred future vision of reality (change), by its very nature, is difficult and painful. Rather, I’m saying that easy solutions to complex problems lead to movement.

4. Natural
If you are intentional in forming the culture of the organization, then you will be creating an environment that tells people where they should naturally move toward and how they should behave. People should begin to see it as the natural, obvious step they should move toward.

The number one thing that will stop the birth of your vision is procrastination.

Why do you procrastinate?

Why don’t you do the very things you want to do?

Why do you have great dreams, but don’t take massive action to make them come true?

The answer lies in Newton’s first law of physics: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

Let me explain.

Let’s say you want something, whatever that ‘something’ is. Let’s call it ‘success’ to keep it simple.

The bottom line is this: if you want success, and you want it more than anything else in the world, you will get it.

However, if you want to run away from your fears to a safe place, a place where you feel secure, then you want security MORE than you want the success. This is why you don’t achieve those great dreams.

The excuses or ‘reasons’ will ultimately sound like:

“I’m not smart enough.”
“I don’t have the money.”
“I don’t deserve more than I already have.”
“I don’t have enough education.”
“I don’t have the qualifications to do this.”

Very few get past this point before they have some very interesting answers come up.

Now ask yourself how your fear or procrastination has served you thus far. Realize the fear is there for a specific purpose. Find the purpose and ask yourself if it still serves you to have this fear. Perhaps it is time to let go of your fear and stop procrastinating once and for all.

When you have lost the need for the fear, you will just naturally let it go (if you are ready to do so).

And when you let it go, you will be free to move toward the thing you say you want—-and you’ll do it with ease and joy.

Are you ready to stop procrastinating or are you going to put if off a little longer? The choice is yours.

In life you can only have two things – Reasons or Results – and Reasons don’t count! You either have what you want, or you have ‘reasons’ why you don’t have what you want.

Procrastination is a disease. The cure is convincing yourself that it no longer serves you.

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at or by visiting

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