A Vision Statement is a personal, written statement of what you would like the future to be – the vision of the ideal future you.
The benefits of writing Vision Statements, are
- To help you clarify your thoughts, by actually writing them down
- To guide you when you are at a loss of what to do next
- To initiate the process of setting goals and action plans
You will probably have realised by now, after reading the Life Area pages here, that you will need a few Vision Statements – one for each area of your life. This will also help you by having a few focused statements, instead of one long one.
So to start out, here are a few things to consider before you begin to write…
- What you are good at
- What you enjoy in life
- Your innate strengths
- The skills you have
- That dream that just won’t go away
Actually writing a Vision Statement on paper is a big step forward, and it can be just the beginning statement, a draft. Change your Vision Statement whenever you need, but you must start with the first one. This may sound obvious, and it is, but the first one is often the hardest step.
Once written, when do you use these Vision Statements? Well, ideally these Vision Statements should become reference points for you – used in times of confusion or when you have completed all the goals you intended. And to become your constant reference, try to re-reading them once a week, or month.
Lastly, your Vision is one of two essential ingredients for lasting change – a point raised in the article by Scott Jefferey (below). Firstly, as a guide to yourself, and secondly as a set of self defined values that indicate your ideal personal behaviour.