Living You’re Vision Statement?
Tracy was a 30-year-old accountant with a bright future. Even though she earned a 6-figure salary, with major benefits to boot, she wasn’t happy. She felt stagnant, discontented and unmotivated. Activities at work that were once interesting and motivating had now become mundane and boring. She longed for a change. One day, on her way home from work, as she passed by a café, she met an old schoolmate. He seemed joyful, motivated, and full of life. He never used to be that way! Something had certainly changed in his life, and she wanted a part of it. As they sat down for coffee, Tracy explained what she was going through and asked what was responsible for the changes in him. He explained that, before he found a little thing called a vision statement, his life had been exactly like hers. This, he went on to enlighten her, had completely transformed his life.
What is a Vision Statement
It is a road map, providing guidance and insight on what companies, businesses or individuals want to become, as well as their future plans. In order to be assured of success, it is important for you to consider yourself a brand. A personal vision statement provides a chance for you to express what motivates you and helps you to accomplish your goals. It indicates where you see yourself in a certain time period, and pushes you towards lasting success. It outlines personal goals and future endeavors with the purpose of guiding current decisions and ensuring growth. Its main purpose is to help you focus your efforts and core competencies by directing you towards things that advance your vision. It needs to be precise and simple, capturing all details in summary form. Creating such a statement entails time and a great deal of thoughtfulness.
4 Reasons You Need a Personal Vision Statement
If you feel you have stagnated, or that life has become routine and unproductive, you most likely need a personal vision statement. Your statement will describe the objectives you set for yourself and help you keep growing in that direction. But keep in mind that, the statement will change as you develop and grow.
These 4 reasons will help you understand why you need it.
- You will keep advancing in the direction of your vision. It is tough to keep moving if you don’t know where you are headed.
- You will have a contingency strategy. In case things do not work out the way you envision them, you can go back to the drawing board and review your plan and goals.
- You will not be drained. There will always be a reason to keep forging ahead.
- You will encourage others. When friends and family see how motivated and on track you are, they will want to try what is working for you
Steps to an Outstanding Personal Vision Statement
Perform an in-depth analysis of yourself. Some questions you could ask yourself include: “Who am I?” “What am I committed to?” “Where am I headed?” “What do I really want?” With the answers from this, create a sketch outlining your goals and indicate how you intend to accomplish them. This process provides an opportunity to explore yourself, identifying what is essential and what isn’t. It also helps you clarify your life goals. Your personal statement should be an overall assertion of your purpose and who you are.
Start Off Expertly
Begin your statement with a catchy phrase, summarizing your intent appropriately. This needs to be at the beginning of the write-up since it sets the statement’s personality and serves as a compelling reminder of where you are headed.
Define a Time Frame
Remember vision statements are meant to describe the future. The future is a long endless timeframe. Split that into specific segments to help you define by when you expect to have met those goals. This could be 1 year, 2 years, or 5 years. Set a clear, defined path towards the desired goal.
Focus On Values and Solutions
Your focus should be on what values you have to offer. What added benefits do you bring to the table? For example, if you are an accountant, why should a client pick you over someone else? What sets you apart? What constructive changes are you likely to inspire in the people who come to you? What solutions do you offer to people seeking them?
Keep It Short
Try to keep the statement as short and as simple as possible. A paragraph is the longest it should be, while one sentence is the minimum. Summarize everything you have to say and package it in the most articulate way possible. Be sure to include an explanation on how your vision will be accomplished.
Picture how the future will look like, when you have achieved what you intend to. Aim high and let the vision be clearly visible in your statement. Do not be unrealistic. Describe yourself as an elite brand using the finest words available. Let your vision statement drive you to greater heights in the direction you are headed. The objective is to make sure clients are motivated to come to you when they are in need because they see you as the best fit.
Review and Review Some More
As your vision grows, so should your statement. Review your vision periodically to assess whether it’s still valid. Keep it up to date, otherwise it will no longer serve its purpose. Set a time span to evaluate the statement, changing it as necessary.
Examples of Personal Vision Statements
Here are a few examples offering a guideline to encourage you to create your own.
- “I’m committed to generating leaders empowering our societies via my strong training skills”.
- “To be an influential and empathetic leader internationally recognized for my remarkable talent within the wine industry”.
- “Delivering exceptional, valued-added and creative designs enhancing beauty”.
Personal vision statements are crucial to success. They help direct you where you want to go, and provide a roadmap on how to get there. Create yours today and let the transformation begin.
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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