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Creating a vision statement, along with a mission statement are critical in any personal development process and one of the best ways I know to define and/or reinvent yourself.
Let me ask you this important success principle:
“How do you know what you are looking for if you haven't seen it?"
The answer is you don't know, that is, not until you define it at least.
This is the entire principle of marketing. Advertisement companies define for us what we like (and sadly we are gullible enough to buy into their propaganda). Essentially they paint a beautiful visual using photographs, movies and other images that is then combined with a 'feel good' story to get you to purchase their products.
Well, what if you started doing some advertising for your own life? Why don't you begin to define what you want rather than letting the default setting of society define it for you?
I talk a lot about this in my article on making a vision board, but before you can even do that, you have to take the time to consider what your vision is in the first place.
Simply, "What do you want to create?" If you are the artist and could paint a picture of the world and you in it, what would that look like? Would it have lots of bright colours? Children? Fast Cars? Mountains to hike and trek?
Do you have a dream?
How detailed is your dream?
I want you to be able to smell, taste, feel and hear it. When you can do that, you are ready to create a vision statement of your own.
Before you even get to the task of creating a vision statement, you need to consider your purpose in life.
Yes, that divine question of "Who am I" directs all our life's activities.
As Mark Twain once wrote:
It is the answer to the WHY you are here on earth that will provide you with clarity of purpose. It is the life lead with purpose that becomes successful, prosperous and happy, because if you know WHY you are here, you can begin to define the 'what' and 'how'.
It is the "Why you do what you do?" that resets your inner compass back to due North. If you get the WHY right, the rest will follow.
To gain some insight here, ask yourself the following types of questions:
I know these are some big questions, but it defining your purpose will take some time and deep thought. It will be well worth your effort though, I assure you.
So now, we get to the heart of it all. You understand your purpose and why you were called to do it, now I want you to fill in the gaps to create your 'what'. Even if you and I have the same purpose (maybe you too are a healer like I am), we will create a vision of healing in vastly different ways.
This is the beauty of designing your own life...it will by definition be different from everyone else. Rejoice in the differences!
This took me a few years to figure out. I was always a little different from the crowd, a bit of a black sheep amongst my family and friends, but I have learned to embrace these differences knowing that this is what makes me uniquely able to touch the lives of thousands and hopefully millions through my unconventional, yet highly powerful methods.
Whatever you do, just be yourself. That is what you were born to be, so paint a picture, your vision using any and all colours of the rainbow!
To further your work in creating a vision statement, I would also suggest you take some time to create a vision board too. This will help give your ideas and vision some substance and spark the creative potential in you to define clearly what it is you want.
I won't go into too much detail about creating a mission statement here, as I've already written an entire page on the topic.
Briefly though, your mission statement is going to answer the question "How am I going to get there?"
When you are ready, simply click one of the creating a mission statement links and enjoy!
To summarize, you will need to answer 3 major questions: 'Why', 'What' and 'How'. These 3 questions correspond to the following:
Your Purpose Statement: Why you do what you do.
Your Vision Statement: What it looks like.
Your mission Statement: How am I going to get there?
If you would like an example, I have included my personal answers to these 3 questions. Just click here to download my own purpose, vision and mission statements that I wrote many years ago, but yet they remain just as true today as they did when I wrote them.
Wishing you much success and a tonne of fun in discovering who you are along the way!
Yours in Wellness,
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