What is your vision of the future?
See Where You Could Be
To have a vision for your life is to see where you could be, not where you are now. Great leaders move people not by what they see today, but by what they see as the future.
Your vision may result in travelling down a different road than your friends.
Successful Corporations Have Them
Many corporations have clearly defined "vision" statements. These statements allow the employees, and shareholders, to see where the company wants to go, and what it wants to achieve.
Do you know what you want, and where you are going? A personal vision statement allows you to look forward to the future with positive expectations for yourself.
Before You Start
Before you write your vision statement, think of it as a high level statement about what you want from life. It is a statement, one to two lines at the most.
From your vision statement you can then set your goals. Many people set goals but forget about the vision statement.
Writing your own vision statement gives you a high level statement and will help keep you focused as you then think about setting your goals.
To use the wisdom of W. Clement Stone who once said, "The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision."
Joseph Campbell's Thought
You can also think about your vision statement as what you are dreaming or wishing for. Joseph Campbell's quotes summarizes this thought well when he said, "A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life."
Envision your future? Set your direction. Write your vision statement!