“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist
A lot of us can see, but how many of us have vision?
Having “vision” is the ability to perceive or project a vivid mental image of your future, and crafting, breaking down and setting goals for the future are the next three steps in our 30 Steps to a Better You exercise.
Step three is all about creating your vision statement. According to Business News Daily, a vision statement is a “future-based” self-assessment that is “meant to inspire and give direction.” It’s all about what’s possible and what’s ambitious.
Now the first time I was presented with the idea of writing a personal vision statement I thought it was a joke … until I realized it actually worked! I saw how writing down and organizing my thoughts made me see my “vision” more clearly. It made it easier for me to plan ahead and act on things that would make what had been only a dream reality.
So how do you go about creating your vision statement? Well, we’re first going to start with an exercise I call “Tomorrow Is A Good Day.”
First, take a look at your calendar and pick a day. It could be today, then flip forward to that same day a year from now and imagine what your most optimal day looks like. This exercise should be fun because it’s all about dream actualization – concocting your biggest, greatest dream for yourself then visualizing it on paper. This is your chance to play “Today Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube and direct your perfect day – of what would be going for you professionally, romantically, personally, etc. – only the day you’re thinking of hasn’t happened yet. It’s a vision for another day in the future. Your vision for “tomorrow.”
Start writing in as much detail as you can of what this day looks like, what your hear, what you smell, and what you feel on this day! Write it in first person and put it in chronological order. No detail is too small. Start writing from what happens the minute you wake up until the day ends. And make it as long (or as short) as it needs to be to tell the story of this wonderful day. Give yourself as much time as you need to write it, then add this dream day to your 30 Steps folder because you’re going to need it for step #4 when we take that dream day and break it down into actual steps you can act on to make your dream day an actuality.
For more information on crafting your vision, read my book “It’s Complicated” or check out Mind Tools’ “Mission Statements and Vision Statements,” as well as Business News Daily and INC.
If you haven’t read the previous step (#2) on identifying your passion, click here.