Creating a vision for your personal and professional life will enable you to achieve your aspirations. A vision is a picture of your ideal life; what you will be doing, where, with whom and for whom and how you will feel. Creating and declaring your vision will lead to greater success as it provides clarity of purpose; it helps to keep you on track with what you want to achieve for yourself, your business and others.
Some will say they achieved their success without a vision, without declaring what they wanted, where they would be and doing what they are doing. They will suggest that they took an opportunity that came their way. Others will say, I am not a ‘visioning’ person and suggest they prefer to create the future based on what they have learned in the past. However, my suggestion to you is that you can achieve your aspiration more successfully by creating a vision of what you want to achieve. So, how do you do that?
- Creating your vision begins with a mind-set of possibility. Allow your mind to think long-term; 5-10 years, free of constraints as to what is possible. Let go of the past and consider what you want for yourself in the future.
- Consider both your professional and personal life as you create your vision to ensure balance of both.
- Base your vision on your signature strengths and passions, which will lead to fulfilment and sustainability.
- Feel excited and nervous by the vision you have created for yourself as, at this stage, you will not necessarily know how you will achieve your vision (see Setting a Successful Strategy, my earlier news item for the ‘how’).
- Live your life on purpose with the vision you have created for yourself and your business. Review whether you are on track and making decisions enabling you to achieve your aspiration.
Here a few visioning questions to help you get started:
- What do you dream about achieving and what is important about this?
- You are at your 80th birthday party, you look back on your life, what do you feel really proud of?
- You are given a year off, all expenses paid, what would you do? How would you spend this time?
- 10 years from now, what do you want to be doing, with whom and for whom and how do you want to feel?
- What three things must you do every day in your professional and personal life that provides you the most fulfilment?
Remember to write down your answers and create your own personal vision statement!