Imagine going to work each day (or starting your day from your laptop, like so many of us right now), full of purpose and conviction. You are motivated, you strongly believe in your values and you are passionately committed to your mission. Because you understand the good you do in the world, you love what you do and you put your heart and soul into your work, because you know it matters.
Sounds like the dream right? Many organizations craft a compelling vision and a clear, worthwhile mission. Leaders use these statements to explain an organization’s purpose and direction. They aid in making decisions and when expressed clearly and concisely, they can motivate your team, or the organization as a whole, with an inspiring vision of the future.
My question to you is do you have a vision statement? Most people would say no, why do I need one? It’s hard to have professional success and personal fulfilment if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want to be true for you. Your statement can help you to identify your core non-negotiable values - what you draw the line in the cement for, not the sand. It also makes decision-making easier by clarifying whether your decisions are in alignment with your vision.
Your vision statement may take significant time and effort to create, however, when finished, I promise you it will provide a substantial payoff. Here are some of my tips you can use for inspiration:
1.Write down what’s most important to you.
Start with what has to be present in your life for you to be happy, fulfilled and successful. What are you most passionate about? What or who do you most value and how is your life connected to those people or things?
2. Articulate your most important goals.
Next, take some time to reflect and write down your biggest personal and professional goals. Ask yourself what the "best" version of your life looks like, including your relationships, achievements and career.
3. Talk to your personal board of advisors.
Ask your carefully selected peers and mentors what they consider to be your greatest strengths. Think about what makes you different from others who have similar skill sets. Consider how you want people to describe you. Write down three attributes/characteristics that you want people to turn to you for.
4. Identify the legacy you want to leave.
Consider the mark you want to leave on the world and how your skill set can assist you in achieving that. How, specifically, would you like your position/company or even the world to be different when you leave it?
Remember and start with YOUR “why.” Anything you do in life is most successfully done when you first consider who you’re doing it for, why you’re doing it and what the best end-result looks like. Put these elements together and create your vision statement. Don’t make this harder than it is. It’s simply a statement of how you want to live your life, the impact you want to have and the legacy you want to leave.