Create Your Personal Vision Statement

You Can Create a Great Life with a Personal Vision Statement

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Your personal vision statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career. Your personal vision statement is the light shining in the darkness toward which you turn to find your way. It illuminates your way.

Obviously, I am a huge fan of personal vision statements. Write yours as the first step in focusing your life - for your joy, your accomplishments, your contribution, your glory, and for your legacy.

Exploration to Prepare to Write the Personal Vision Statement

Use these questions to guide your thoughts.

  • What are the ten things you most enjoy doing? Be honest. These are the ten things without which your weeks, months, and years would feel incomplete.
  • What three things must you do every single day to feel fulfilled in your work?
  • What are your five-six most important values?
  • Your life has a number of important facets or dimensions, all of which deserve some attention in your personal vision statement. Write one important goal for each of them: physical, spiritual, work or career, family, social relationships, financial security, mental improvement and attention, and fun.
  • If you never had to work another day in your life, how would you spend your time instead of working?
  • When your life is ending, what will you regret not doing, seeing, or achieving?
  • What strengths have other people commented on about you and your accomplishments? What strengths do you see in yourself?
  • What weaknesses have other people commented on about you and what do you believe are your weaknesses?

You can explore additional thoughtful questions by taking a look at these questions that make good ice breakers but also provide the opportunity for introspection.

Craft Your Personal Vision Statement

Once you have thoughtfully prepared answers to these questions and others that you identify, you are ready to craft a personal vision statement.

Write in the first person and make statements about the future you hope to achieve.

Write the statements as if you are already making them happen in your life. Some experts recommend 50 words or less, but I would rather see you fully articulate the vision that you want for your life and your future than that you limit your vision by word count.

Motivational speaker and writer, Brian Tracy, states that you generally accomplish your written goals, dreams, plans, and vision. Writing them down lends power and commitment to their accomplishment.

Keep in mind that your personal vision statement can also change over time, depending upon what is happening in your life. You will be amazed, however, at how many components remain consistent over time. I first articulated this vision for my life in 1984; this personal vision statement guides my life. Reading it again; it still does

My Personal Vision Statement

My own personal vision statement includes such items as reading and writing every day; publishing books; sharing a lifetime of knowledge about people, management, and workplaces with a vast international audience; having a positive impact on every person with whom I come in contact; living daily a life dedicated to integrity, commitment, challenge, and joy; loving my husband and valuing my marriage; valuing a few close friends; valuing family relationships; being at all times aware of and engaged in my natural environment; inventing and writing about recipes and food; traveling the world to experience its richness; watching plays and movies; listening to music; never having to worry about spending money on anything I want; and walking by Lake Michigan.

When people live and experience the components of their personal vision frequently, they will feel inner peace and joy that knows no bounds. Your personal vision statement will have the same impact for you.

Take the time to formulate answers to the above questions, and write your personal vision statement. Then, listen to your heart sing with the fullness of your articulated dreams.

Envision Your Ideal Life: An Exercise for Coaches

Responding to this article about developing your own personal life vision, Theresa Quadrozzi wrote to me. I found her comment so insightful and useful that I wanted to share it with all of you. It's a great exercise for coaches to use with clients and individuals reading this will also gain insight from doing it on their own.

Theresa says:

"One of the reasons so few people live creative, fulfilling lives: they allow themselves to become overly influenced by the reality they believe they see around them. They find a limited number and variety of jobs posted, read about the bad economy in countless news articles, hear everyone complaining about their job yet living in fear of losing it. And, they adopt this mindset: think small and live within the established parameters...

"However, this is the ideal time for true innovation, for daring to dream and thinking outside of the box. (Consider eBay, Google, cell phones with cameras, the internet) In adversity, there is always opportunity. At a time when so many established options no longer appear to exist, it's a great time to envision and create and try something new.

"I'm a life coach, and one of the first exercises I do with clients is to have them envision their ideal life, as if money was no option as if a fairy godmother granted their every wish and they woke up in the morning to find that they've all come true. This helps shift them out of a fear-based, conditioned world, out of pessimism and into possibilities, into what could be...

"So have your clients start thinking in earnest about what they'd like to do, what the world needs now, what they'd like to be a part of, the difference they'd like to make, how they'd like to make use of their talents, and so forth. Allow them to live outside of reality for a few minutes every day: you'll probably see their mood shift, their creativity kick into high gear, and some great ideas surface."

"Thank you for providing a wonderful site. All the best."

Theresa Quadrozzi
Certified Life and Leadership Empowerment Coach
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Theresa's note reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Robert H. Schuller and others. "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" More quotes.

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