A vision statement can roughly be translated as “our image of OUR future”, the “picture of our destiny”. Regardless of whether our future vision is personal, career or business-like in nature. Our vision statement is our inspiration, the framework and outline for all our self-growth and development strategies and the choices we make and decisions we take each and everyday. Our vision statement is the justification, the reason and the support for the actions we take for either immediate or extended gratifications.
Our vision statement can be applied to our entire life, limited to a particular area of our lives or focused on a specific transformation we wish to bring about in either our personal and/or professional life. Whether for all or only part of our lives, our vision statement provides answers to questions such as…
- Where do I want to end-up in life?
- What do I want to achieve?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What do I want to become?
What we are doing when we create a vision statement, is to articulate our dreams, hopes and expectations for our . Our vision statement consistently reminds us of what we are trying to build, accomplish and achieve.
Our vision statement doesn’t tell us how we’re going to reach our destiny - however - it does set the direction for all our future strategies and planning. That’s why it’s VERY important when we are crafting a vision statement… to set our imagination free, dare to dream and capture our passions.
When we have one, our vision statement will have a tremendous influence on our decision making and the way we focus and apply1) available resources… our time, money and efforts. Our vision statement defines our desired or intended future state in terms of our objectives, goals and/or strategic direction in life. Thus, our vision statement is a long-term goal and a strive or expectation we have for the future.
Our Vision statement outlines what we want to become. It concentrates on our future and is the source of our inspirations. Our vision statement provides clear decision-making criteria and reflect our values and priorities in life. Our vision statement serves as the primary source for compiling, structuring and sustaining our LDP.
When we are purposefully dealing with and crafting a vision statement for ourselves, keep the following in mind…
A vision without action2) leads nowhere, merely manifest as wishful thinking and shattered dreams. BUT actions taken without a vision, results in eventual emotional, personal and professional chaos! A vision in life is all about optimal self-actualization, self-fulfillment and not merely to earn a living!
Our personal vision statement is the answer to the following two KEY questions…
- What do we want from life? and
- WHY do we want it?