Vision is the basis of good leadership. Knowing the direction you want to take is the first step. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, which organized a confederacy of first nations centuries before America was “discovered,” are guided by The Seventh Generation Principle. This philosophy considers the benefits of every decision as far as seven generations into the future. This long-range vision guides their daily actions and lives.
What vision do you have for your family ﬁve years from now? In ten years? In twenty years? Keep the vision broad (not “I want my son or daughter to be a doctor”). Focus on qualities and values—not speciﬁc goals—that will enhance your lives and, down the road, theirs and your heirs. Knowing what you want is always the ﬁrst step to getting it.
Ask yourself: in what ways do you want your family to be like the family you grew up in? How do you want your family to be different? You have the power not only to create a vision, but also to live it. You can find and create meaning by clarifying your values. What were the important qualities of the family of your childhood? What was valued?
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