What drives you to be the best? Creating something that improves the quality of life for clients or customers? Creating an empire? Creating a life that allows you to do something you love without financial stress? Can you answer this clearly and concisely? If not then stop what you’re doing and read on.
Identifying your values, articulating them into a vision, and then putting an action plan in place is one of the most important things you can do to support your success, both personally and professionally.
I’ve worked with many organizations to identify their organizational vision and better articulate their mission. This is also an important thing for you to do for yourself. What is your vision for your future? A vision is about the difference you make in your own life, in your community, and at work. It’s about your dream of what your life looks like, feels like, can be. Your vision is born of your values. It gives you purpose. It’s the reason for everything you do.
Sounds a bit melodramatic, doesn’t it? But I assure you, it isn’t. If you take the time to look at yourself, your beliefs, and your values you’ll be able to not only create a vision for the future, but also establish a road map to get you there.
Remember when you were a kid laying out in the grass, staring up at the clouds, and dreaming of what life would be like when you were all grown up?
Remember when you were in high school preparing for college? You gave a lot of thought to what you would major in, what it would look like when you graduated, and you just knew what kind of a job you would have.
Somewhere along the line most people stop dreaming and allow themselves to become caught up in the demands of the job, raising children of their own, making sure the bills get paid, and the list of things is endless. The path you envisioned when you received your diploma or college degree is no longer the path you’re on and you are just now realizing life didn’t turn out at all as you expected.
This is also true for organizations, but that’s for another article.
Now is the time to take a deep breath, acknowledge that you’ve veered off course, and invest the time and energy to get your life going in the direction you want. The greatest value to creating a vision for your future is that you’ll have the future you want. There’s an old saying, “The best time to start was yesterday, but the next best time to start is now.”
There are many ways to identify your values and create a vision for yourself. I offer a Vision Board eCourse that will help you create a vision for your future. Once you enroll you’ll also receive 52 weeks of encouraging and inspiring messages from us to your inbox.