Hey. It's a Dee with some tips on how to point your life in the direction you want.
Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the Cat, “It doesn’t matter.”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
What is your life’s vision? Your vision is your view or understanding of your ultimate life’s purpose. It’s the contribution you will make to the world, to society, to your community, to your industry and/or to your family. Your vision is your why. Your personal vision is a picture of your True Self in the future. An effective personal vision includes all the important elements of your life, both personal and career; it is who you want to be, what you want to do, how you want to feel, what you want to own, and who you want to associate with. Although your personal vision helps you to see into the future, it must also be grounded in the present. A vision statement addresses who you are, and who you are becoming. It is the framework for the process of creating your best life; a statement that encapsulates your destination, your purpose, and values.
How to write a personal vision statement. Your personal vision statement should be:
• Written down
• Concise (as brief and clear as possible)
• Easily understood
• Able to be recited by memory
• A statement that creates priorities
• A statement that produces a plan of action
The following are some examples of famous vision statements that work. They condense a large amount of information into a brief, inspiring synopsis that is easily understood by most people:
• A computer on every desk. - Steve Jobs
• A computer on every desk in every home running Microsoft software. - Bill Gates
• Produce an affordable automobile. - Henry Ford
• One team, one country. - Nelson Mandela
Most effective vision statements will consist of a few sentences that clearly describe your destination. For example:
“My vision is to be an honest, empathetic and impactful project leader and to be recognized internationally within my industry. I am committed to growing as a leader and delivering value-added projects to the end users.”1
“My vision is a world where everyone is contributing with their full potential; where each person uses their innate genius and leadership to deliver outstanding value-added projects.”1
1 Susanne Madsen, LiquidPlanner Blog, December 16, 2013.
As you create your personal vision, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What are my core values and life priorities?
2. What are my interests, hobbies, strengths and talents?
3. When do I feel most alive and passionate? What specifically am I doing?
4. What are some of my most inspiring moments?
5. If I knew I could not fail, what would be my ultimate dream?
Defining Your Life’s Vision is an excerpt from the course, Defining Your Life’s Purpose that is one of my life coaching programs at The Heart Centered Institute/Heart Centered Hypnosis. To take the full course and to get more information about life coaching contact me at 210-504-592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Love and light
Dee Woolridge, CIHt, CLC