Isn't it only big corporates who write a vision statement?
Here's the thing - yes big corporates do write these vision statements but guess what - when you write a vision statement for your own life it's MUCH MUCH more fun.
It's so great that everyone should do one and infact, if you are serious about getting yourself and your life organized then writing a vision statement for you (or your family) is something you simply must do!
If you suddenly encountered a lamp with a genie inside and he offered to grant you a perfect life in an instant - what sort of life would you wish for? Quick....what is it? You can't ask for a lifetime of unlimited wishes either!
This life you've wished for - it's your vision. Steven Covey (and many other wise people) term it as "beginning with the end in mind" and it's so true. How do you know where to drive if you don't know the destination that you're going? So go on, think about it - what is it that you want for your life? How do you dream of life for your family?
Before you can write a vision statement you have to envisage it in your mind. This is the fun part - put a movie on in your head. It's your future so put anything on that you want.
Why don't you take a minute now and picture yourself in your future and take note of what that vision is.
This vision you have - let's make it real. Grab a pen and paper or open up Word on the computer. Write down what you've just seen.
Why write it? Well, the point of writing it down is because when you write a vision statement, you give it the kind of clarity, focus and urgency that you can't give it any other way. You hang it out there in the world right in front of your eyes. You turn it into something real, something that stares back at you from the page and dares you to make it come true.
Okay, so we've got it in rough draft, now we have to refine it to really bring that clarity to your vision. Try and focus what you've written.. You want to live at the beach - which beach exactly? You're vision has you earning lots more money - how much money exactly? Add in the pieces that are missing.
How's it looking? A bit long? In this next stage, we need to really polish our vision statement to make sure it shines. Cut out all the extra words, really make it punchy
And that's it - you have written your vision statement.Share it with your partner or ideally brainstorm together - you are in this together so you need to be sharing the same vision!
Remember to keep it somewhere safe or if you're comfortable with having others see it do what the big corporate companies do. Print it out, frame it and display it proudly - this way, you'll get to look at it every day as you walk by it. In this way, you will renew your committment daily to achieving your vision!
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