How do we write a vision statement and how will it help us to live a better life. This is the question that I certainly had as I continually work on my personal development journey.
I have just gone through life really without any plan and needless to say, my life was not where I wanted it to be. So how can I change the direction of my life so that it is more in tune with my goals? Write a vision statement of course.
A vision statement is like your GPS. A map that helps to steer you to the destination of your ideal life.
So why is it a good idea to have one?
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
If you don’t much care where you end up, then you won’t need a vision statement. But if you do want the ideal life, a mission statement is key to keeping you on track.
It is your vision of the future and how you fit into the world. The contribution you want to make to the world and those around you. Your why. A picture of your True Self in the future.
What is an effective personal vision statement?
To make your personal vision effective, it must include all the important elements of your life, both personal and in your career; who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to own, who your friends are and how do you want to feel.
It addresses who you are in the future but must also include who you are becoming. Grounding you in the present. It is a framework for the process you are going to go through to create your best life. It is a statement that sums up your destination, your purpose and your values.
When you write your vision statement, it needs to be:
- Written down
- Concise (as brief and clear as possible)
- Easily understood
- Able to be recited by memory
- A statement that creates priorities
- A statement that produces a plan of action
So how do you go about writing a personal vision statement?
When writing your vision statement, you want to get into the real you, the why you are wanting to create what you want to create and how it will help others.
Some great questions to ask are:
1. What are my core values and life priorities?
2. What are my interests, hobbies, strengths and talents?
3. When do I feel most alive and passionate? What specifically am I doing?
4. What are some of my most inspiring moments?
5. If I knew I could not fail, what would be my ultimate dream?
Answering these questions really digs deep into finding your purpose and your why. Once you have answered these questions, then you want to create a statement that is concise, creates priorities and a plan of action. And don’t forget to write it down and look at it regularly to keep you on track for achieving that dream life.
When I completed this exercise recently, this is what I came up with for my personal vision statement.
“My vision is to be an authentic, caring and honest person who helps people to better their lives. I am committed to constantly growing and learning so I can pass on this information to others for the greater good of my life, my families and the planet.
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