How to create your unique vision statement

Written by Varouna Baroud on Monday, 27 November 2017. Posted in Life management

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How did you get here?

Remember when you were a child and you had all these big dreams? When you knew exactly what would make you happy. When you knew with near certainty that you had it in you to do something special.

How many of these dreams have you really pursued?

The sad reality is that when you grow up, we learn to choose stability and being reasonable over passion. Before you know it life gets cluttered with all these things that distract you from your original plan:  opportunities turn into responsibilities, possibilities into disappointments and bravery into insecurity.

Settle or soar?

One day you wake up in a life that is apparently yours. You are not exactly sure how you ended up here. Your life seems perfectly fine, at least on the outside. But on the inside, you have this gnawing feeling that it is not what you really wanted. But going back to where you got off and start over seems impossible. So you wonder if that is really such a bad thing: why not settle for a life that is "fine"?

It can be tempting to not think about your life too much. The mere pressure of the feeling that you are running out of time to make something happen, can feel suffocating. You are often so caught up in your ways, that it seems impossible to zoom out and see new opportunities instead of closed doors. Just thinking about starting over, making a real change in your life, can be overwhelming.

Of course, there is no quick fix to turn your life around. Even the best motivational speaker can not snap her (or his) fingers and come up with a dream plan that will make being true to yourself an easy project. If you want to do something new, something different, you need discipline: desire, commitment, and consistency

But there is a tool that can help you start figuring out what direction you want your life to go in. That tool is what we call a personal vision statement

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Define your direction

In your personal vision statement, you define how you want your world to be and what you are going to do about it. You describe what life is essentially about for you. Your vision is like a slogan for your life, a constant reminder of what your ultimate aim in life is. You can use it as your personal north star, your vision reflects where you stand and helps you navigate in the right direction through all life’s distractions.

Your vision statement defines your overall direction. Once you define a clear direction for your future, you can start figuring out the actions you need to take from there. Often, your vision statement will help you realize that there are a lot of ways to achieve your dreams, some that you hadn’t thought of before. Your vision statement can inspire new ideas and help you thin out of the box.

The good news is if you know what you have the right guidelines, it is not really difficult to define your vision. But you need to take time to really sit down, think about what it is you truly want to express with your life and find the words that reflect that.

How to find your vision

To help you get on the right track, you can ask yourself these questions:

  1. What is it that inspires me?
  2. What are my dreams now?
  3. What is my passion?
  4. How do I want to be remembered?
  5. How can I make a difference in this world

Look for a common theme in your answers. You can even mindmap to find the right keywords.

The next step is to summarize those keywords into one sentence that expresses/reflects how you want your life to be and what you are going to do about it. In the beginning, your vision statement will probably be a little longer than just 1 sentence but the more you think about it, the closer you will get to the essence and the shorter (and more powerful) your vision will become.

Just to give you an idea of what a vision statement can look like, here are some examples of inspiring vision statement:

Oprah Winfrey: To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.

Disney: “Make people happy”

Gloria Horsley: “To help people find hope after loss"

Harish Rao: “Enabling outstanding people”

Your vision statement should be easy to remember and understand. So don't make it too complicated. It is important to write your vision down and keep it in a place where you see it every day, like as screensaver on your phone or laptop. That way you will be inspired to give it your best every day!

If you need help defining a clear direction for your future and a vision for your life? Check out your workshops at Partem Education

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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