Create Your Own Personal Vision Statement

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“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life.” Joseph Campbell

What is your vision of the future? Having a vision for your life means seeing where you could be, not where you are right now.

Do you know what you want, and where you are going? A personal vision statement is a great tool that allows you to look into the future and define what you see there. Close your eyes and imagine you are seeing yourself in the future. Picture the person you would like to be; what you are doing, the people who surround you, the things you have accomplished, and what is important to you. Experience being that future version of yourself for a few minutes.

Now, open your eyes and see your life and yourself in the present, but through those eyes. The fastest and most effective way to become that person, and to have that life is to first have a clear vision of what it looks like, and then to begin to change and align your daily actions to match the things the future version of yourself would and would not do.

Creating a personal vision statement keeps that image clear in your mind. It defines where you are going, and specifically what it will look like when you get there. It is not how you will get there; it is simply a picture of what it looks like.

Here are some questions to consider when developing your vision statement:

o What are ten things you most enjoy doing?

o What are your core values?

o What kinds of things do you enjoy doing at work?

o What do things look like physically, spiritually, socially, and financially?

o If you never had to work another day, how would you spend your time?

o At the end of your life, what would you regret not seeing, doing, or achieving?

o What are your passions, talents, and strengths?

After you have clearly answered these questions, along with any others that you feel are important, you are ready to craft a personal vision statement. Writing down your vision statement gives it power and clarity and will help keep you focused as you then think about setting your goals and moving towards your vision.

A couple classic examples of vision statements are the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy statement about going to the moon and back in less than a decade. What will your future look like? Who will you become? Decide for yourself, write it down, read it often. You can then begin the Goals Setting process, and your actions will began to seek it out and make it happen.

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Source by Ryan Dennis