Why do you do what you do? What fires up your enthusiasm and brings you to life? That is what a personal vision is. Having a well-defined vision is what distinguishes successful, fulfilled writers, teachers, artists, parents, politicians or athletes from the rest. We all need a compelling vision for our lives: one so powerful that we are driven to do whatever it takes to achieve it.
In this confusing cultural environment, everyone needs to know who they are and who they serve. They should be crystal clear on what they are summoned to know, who they are summoned to be, and what they are summoned to do before the face of God. Because as the saying goes, he who stands for nothing, will fall for everything.
A vision statement should be realistic and credible, well-articulated and easily understood, appropriate, ambitious, and responsive to change. It should orient your energies in a direction and serve as a guide to action. It should be consistent with your values. In short, a vision should challenge and inspire you to achieve your mission.
First of all, excellence in whatever we choose to do should be the ultimate. A successful career is not just measured by external results. It is also a life lived. It is the place where we can combine producing value for others by being fully engaged with what we care about. We can have our work be where we generate energy, not just drain it, and have it be a crucial part of a vibrant life.
Secondly, your personal vision statement should be adaptable. It is not meant to be written once and cast into stone. While it rarely changes, you should set aside some time on a regular basis to review your personal vision statement, as well as your career, job, and goals. Make adjustments as necessary. You’ll grow, and your vision statement will, too. It will hopefully develop more clearly as you learn more about God and yourself. Your vision is the center of the target; a guiding image of what God has created and called you to be. It is a reason for your existence, guiding you in the decisions you make and the directions you take.
Thirdly as lifestyle coach Anthony Robbins points out, “To create an extraordinary quality of life, you must create a vision that’s not only obtainable, but that is sustainable.” So make sure this vision is emotionally charged, with the power to move you to action: Your vision will provide a consistent focus, continually reminding you what it is you are committed to creating in your life, career or business. Your vision should provide some detail about what measurable results you are going to achieve in your life. This yardstick will help you assess where you are versus where you want to be.
Lastly, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” Steve Jobs . Our calling is the expression of our personalities and our gifts in a unique, given direction. In seeking to discover our personal vision, we must realize that God created us with many particular characteristics, desires, and talents. Jobs and careers come and go but who we are meant to be remains. The ultimate vision flows from knowing we have a special and unique purpose on this planet. We do not have to be number one in this world. We only have to be number one to ourselves. There is a special peace that comes with such humility. When you reach this peak in life, you’ve reached the highest mountain peak of them all.