What is a Vision Statement?
I know we’ve all navigated to that part of company web sites where they tout their Mission Statement and Vision Statement, and they are typically grand, self-serving statements about how great the company is, what great things they do, and how what sets them apart from the rest of the world is their people.
The truth is that each of us needs to have our own individual Vision Statement that defines where we want to be. How does one go about creating a vision statement? It starts with identifying our individual challenges. We all have multiple facets of our lives that require our intentional attention. Did you catch that? INTENTIONAL ATTENTION.
By ferreting out these areas of our lives and putting them under our own microscope, we find areas of our lives that could use some focused investigation. Whether it’s physical health, professional, financial, spiritual, mental, or even relationship, these are important areas that are worthy of our attention and focus.
Ask yourself what goals you’d like to accomplish within each of these areas, and use that to paint a picture for yourself of the person you want to be. That picture, well-considered and carefully painted, is your Vision Statement. If, for example, one of your goals relates to your financial life, that portion of your Vision Statement may begin with something akin to “You did it! You have achieved your goal of financial independence and are able to give freely to causes that are important to you.”
Regardless of your goal areas, a Vision Statement is imperative to realizing the successes you want and need in your life. Start today. Look at the areas of your life where you see opportunities and begin asking yourself what action steps you need to take to make them a reality. When you’ve done that, paint the picture of your own success and start taking those action steps immediately.
What does your vision statement look like? I’d like to know.