Create Vision and Purpose in Your Life Today!
I remember decorating my house when I first moved in. I would go to the home store and I could see my house completely decorated. I just needed one of these and two of those. It was near where I worked and I would visit almost everyday. I would sit in a chair in the middle of a completely decorated fake living room and visualize how these items would look in my space. One day the Salesperson told me only 20% of people can conceive things visually. It always stuck with me because I find this to be true when I work with people to set and achieve goals. We launch right into SMART goals but 80% of us fail to tie these goals back to our personal vision. If you are struggling to set goals, maybe you are part of the 80% who struggles to visualize success. (I am rough guessing on the 80%.)
I have long believed I am in the business of "Tara" and have successfully run my family on the same business principals that are employed by corporations globally. Whether I am selling my ideas to my husband or my boss, I need to have the same strategic agility. With my "Mommy (or Daddy) CEO" hat, on it wasn't too long ago, I realized I needed a personal vision and purpose statement much like the vision statements I had been creating for 15 years with large organizations and small businesses. I needed a place to focus my attention and guide my goal setting to maximize my efforts. I am busy and I don't have time to waste chasing goals that don't bring me closer to my dreams - and neither do you!
A vision statement is a sentence to a few sentences which are future focused, and aspirational in nature. Vision statements are a concise way to communicate direction, set intention, live with purpose, motivate those around you and provide context to your goals. You can create one for yourself, your family, or both. Vision statements are integral in moving you from Point A to Point B.
Creating a vision statement is the very first step in successful goal achievement. Steven Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tells us in Habit 2 to "begin with the end in mind." This is the very essence of creating a personal vision statement. The vision is the end, where you want to be, looking 3-5 years down the road. Goals will help you get there but setting goals without having a clearly defined vision won't lead you to success.
Create Vision and Purpose in Your Life Today by following these simple steps:
1. Describe yourself in your current state (Point A). Here are some questions to journal on to get started:
- What are your values?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your opportunities for growth?
- What is working well for you?
- What isn't working well for you?
2. Describe your future state (Point B). Think 3-5 years into the future. This where you dream big! Here are some questions to journal on to get started:
- Who do you want to be?
- Where do you want to be?
- What job do you want to have?
- What are your values?
- What do you want more of in your life?
- What do you want less of in your life?
- What do you want to look like?
- What do you want your day-to-day look like?
- Who are the most important people in your life?
- What will your achievements look like?
- What will your strengths look like?
Note: You should be as descriptive as you can be and phrase your answers in the present tense as if you have already achieved it.
3. Now turn your future state into a few succinct sentences that give you a clear idea of where you are going. Be creative, use inspirational words, and consider having a call to action. Don't forget, your vision and purpose should be aspirational as well as give you clear direction.
I know. I know. This seems daunting but I promise you it's worth the work. The feeling of accomplishment you will have when this is created will give you the motivation to proceed with your goals for the year. Any decisions needing to be made should focus on your vision and purpose. Does it get you closer to your dream? Say YES with confidence. If not, say no with grace. This vision statement becomes the backbone of your priority setting.
Leave any questions or comments you have below. I will be writing a follow up post this week and will be giving you additional resources.
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