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Crafting Your Vision Statement
The first step in crafting your vision statement is to reflect on who you are and what you truly want to achieve in life. Therefore, find a quiet peaceful place such as a beach, garden, park, or backroom. Try to find a place away from distractions including phones and people.
Exploration for Your Vision
The Exploration phase is divided into four segments.
- Exploration of Interests
- Hopes and Dreams
- Career Discovery
- Life Dimension Goals
- The first is Exploration of Interests. In this segment, you will reflect on what you enjoy doing and what makes you happy.
- In the second segment, Hopes and Dreams, you will reflect on what you want to achieve in life.
- There is also a segment for career discovery for those interested in finding a career that matches his or her interests, values, and skills.
- In the last segment of Exploration for Vision, Life Dimension Goals, you will write down what you want to ultimately achieve a various facets of your life.
Take some time to reflect on and complete the following workshops. Start by completing the Exploration of Interests workshop, then continue onto the Hopes and Dreams, and finish with the Life Dimension Goals workshop. Write down your answers or thoughts for the following questions. The answers you develop will be the basis of your vision statement.
After you have completed the Exploration workshops, it is time to craft you personal vision statement.
Crafting Your Vision Statement
Now that you have reflected your interests, important principles, dreams and life goals, you are ready to create the first draft of your vision statement. Again, find a quiet place without distractions.
Close your eyes and picture yourself in the future. It may be 10, 20, or 25 years from today. See the person you are; what you are doing, who you are with, what you have accomplished. From that image, describe what you want to create of yourself and the world around you. Your vision should stretch your capabilities and your present image of yourself and who you believe you can be.
Write in first person and make statements about the future you hope to achieve. Write the statements in present tense as if you are already making them happen in your life. Fully articulate the vision you want for your life and your future.
After you have drafted your first version, ponder it and make notes and revisions. After you had a chance to make some changes, create a second draft and then again review that for possible modifications.
Exploration of Interests
Hopes and Dreams
Life Dimension Goals
Crafting Your Personal Mission Statement
Your personal mission as something you discover, rather than something you create. The statement you craft is reflective of what you discovered within yourself.
A mission statement is not something that is written in a day. Committing a personal mission to writing can takes weeks or even months to complete. It takes thoughtful introspection, careful analysis, and usually several drafts to produce a final sense of purpose. The process of Self Discovery will help you gain insight into your purpose.
To write a mission statement that is reflective of who you are and what your sense of calling or purpose is in life, you must take the time to ponder many things. Therefore, when you begin to craft your statement, plan on spending time totally alone. Find a quiet place to contemplate. Get away from distraction of everyday life. This solitude will help you get in touch with what matters most to you. Without interruptions, you can increase your self-awareness by asking yourself a series of questions to help you gather information about your values and dreams.
Points to Ponder
To get you thinking about the development of your mission statement, spend some time contemplating the following questions:
- Who do I want to be?
- What do I want my life to be about (Purpose)?
- What do I want to do?
- What do I hope to achieve in life?
- What do I stand for (Principles)?
- What are the values that I hold most near to my heart?
- How do I want to impact the lives of others?
- What do I want people to say about me?
- How do I want people to remember me when I am gone?
- What actions can I take to reveal my purpose and my values?
Using your Answers
The answers you develop through reflection on these questions will be the basis of your personal mission statement.
Most mission statements are simply a sentence or a brief paragraph. It should be a concise statement that represents the person you want to become and your core values. Most statements will start with “To” or “I will.” Some people will write a concise statement that encompasses his or her universal life philosophy, while others will write a more elaborate statement that addresses several aspects of his or her life including relationships, financial, spiritual, physical, and professional.
After you have drafted your first version, review it, think about it, and make notes and revisions. After you have a chance to make some changes, create a second draft and then again review that for possible modification. Remember this is your philosophy or motto so you what to make sure it accurately represents you, your values, and your purpose in life. Once you have formed a permanent statement, post it where you will see it daily so that it can inspire you.
PERSONAL VISION STATEMENT
A personal vision statement is your depiction of your life in the future. It is a vivid and inspirational description that creates a mental picture of where you ultimately want to be in life. I may be 10 years, 20 years, or even further in the future.
A vision statement is essentially a description of how you picture your future to be and about the person you want to be become. It describes your optimal desired future state. Its purpose is to give you direction and focus as you pursue your dreams and goals. It becomes the framework for the process of creating your life.
“Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” – Ayn Rand
Why create a Personal Vision Statement
By creating a personal vision statement you design your ultimate destination with what is most important to you. You create a mental picture of where you what to be and what you want your life to be like years from now. You then use that statement for a focal point. You create a plan of action and set goals to make that vision a reality. If you do not create your own vision, others will plan and direct your life for you.
One of the great benefits of a statement is that it will guide your actions and behaviors so that you are staying on track to reach your desired destination. It also can be turned to when making major life decisions along the way.
Example: If you need to decide about taking a new job, you would review your vision statement to determine if the new position will get you closer to your vision. If your vision is centered on spending time with your family, but the new job will keep you away for a significant amount of time, it may not be the best job for you.
A vision statement is a great tool to help you;
- focus your energy
- guide your actions
- stay in an optimistic mindset
- set goals
- make decisions
Keys to an effective statement
An effective statement has specific characteristics.
- Written down
- Clear & concise
- Around 3 to 5 sentences long
- Vivid and descriptive
- Stated in the present tense so it seems it is happening now.
- A unique description of who you
- About the important aspects of your life
Exploration of your vision
Personal Mission Statement
A personal mission statement is an individual statement that declares who you want to be, what you want to do, and the values and principles upon which your life is based.
It is a concise, easy to remember statement that guides your actions and behaviors. It essentially describes how you want to live your life. Therefore, it should be aligned with your core values, beliefs, principles, ideals, and passions.
Like an organization’s mission statement, your personal statement is your reason for existence. It provides direction and illuminates your purpose in life. It can be thought of as your personal credo or philosophy.
A good mission statement is;
- Easy to memorize
- Aligned with your core values, beliefs, and principles
Benefits of a Mission Statement
There are several benefits to creating a personal mission statement. First, it defines your purpose in life and provides direction for you throughout your life. It can act as a compass and show you the way and keep you focused on what you want to achieve in life. It also provides daily motivation and inspiration, as there is a solace in being able to return to a written statement of your essence and purpose in life.
Additionally, by creating a mission statement you become more self-aware because crafting a personal mission statement requires introspection through self-awareness and self-analysis. By discovering your mission, you will gain a greater understanding of who you are and what you value. When you clearly know who you want to be and what you want to do in your life, you feel a strong sense of purpose. You are not controlled by what life brings to you, but rather guided by a deep commitment to following your innermost values.
Since a mission statement represents your values and principles, it can help you make decisions throughout your life. As you travel on your life’s journey, you will find that you will take many side roads, and have to choose which roads are best for you. A mission statement becomes a personal constitution that can be turned to when making major life decisions. With a mission statement, you become an effective decision maker in both your professional life and personal life.
“When you are inspired by a great purpose, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali