Most businesses both small, medium scale and large corporations have corporate mission statements. These statements are designed to provide direction to an organization. While a mission statement acts as an invisible hand that guides the people in the organization. In addition, a corporate mission statement should explain the organization’s reason for existence. It should also answer the question, “What business are we in?”
Similarly, a personal vision statement is meant to be a guide for one’s life. It should provide you with the direction required to map out the course of your life and the choices you make about your career or business.
Your personal vision statement is the flash light that leads you through the dark cave called life. Without it, your navigation through the cave will be very disorderly and you might end up going round in circle without making a headway.
So basically, your personal vision statement should encapsulate everything you would like to become, achieve or have both in your career, business and life generally.
Some examples of personal Vision Statement:
Amanda Steinberg, founder of Dailyworth.com;
“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.”
Steinberg launched DailyWorth in 2009 to help women build wealth. Since then, she’s grown her site to more than 1 million subscribers. “I believe financially empowered women are the key to world peace,” she says.
Oprah Winfrey, Founder Of The Oprah Winfrey Network;
“To be a teacher. And, to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.”
In an issue of O magazine, Winfrey recalls watching her grandmother churn butter and wash clothes in a cast-iron pot in the yard. A small voice inside of her told her that her life would be more than hanging clothes on a line. She eventually realized she wanted to be a teacher, but “I never imagined it would be on TV,” she writes.
How to create your Personal Vision Statement
Creating a personal vision statement begins with a process of self-discovery followed by the clarity of what matters to you. As you prepare to craft your personal vision statement, it is important to remind yourself that your vision can and should evolve with you over time.
Hence, do not beat yourself hard about it. Just go with the flow, the important thing is that you have made the decision to pattern your life and that in itself is a giant stride in the RIGHT direction.
Find below 6 questions you should answer to help get you started:
- What are your most important values? Try to outline at least 5 of them.
- What activities do you find fulfillment in? Write down as many as you can remember.
- If you walked into a meeting of about a million people, HOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE INTRODUCED?
- What will you be focusing on if you do not have to worry about money?
- Imagine that you are over 100years old right now. What regrets would you have? What would you be worried that you did not achieve in your younger years?
- List all the facets of your life and write down what kind of life do you REALLY want in those facets?
As soon as you have been able to come up with answers to these questions, then you are ready to create your personal vision statement.
Now, with the mental picture you already have, write in the present tense, the person who you desire to become. As such, this is the person you are committed to becoming and that is your personal vision statement.
I hope you have gained insights as to how you can create your own personal vision statement.
Love, Sekinat Sanni.