Four Steps to Creating Your Vision

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” -Mark Twain

The next series of posts I will be sharing is focused on the topic of vision. I absolutely love this topic because I believe that when vision is properly implemented, it can be truly transformational. It can give inspiration and direction where none previously existed. It can energize a team, a department, or a whole organization. Vision can be applied corporately or even personally.  The key, though, is having a vision and following it. Otherwise you are just flailing in the wind, like a boat at sea with no compass.

Over the next four weeks, I will be outlining the four key components needed to create and articulate your vision. After completing this process, your organization will have established a foundational blueprint that can be used to guide future plans and decisions. You can also use this same process to create a personal vision for your life. Here are the four components that I will be explaining in detail:

  • Part I:    Purpose Statement – why do you exist?
  • Part II:   Vision Statement – where are you going?
  • Part III:  Mission Statement – how will you get there?
  • Part IV:  Core Values – what behaviors will guide your decisions and actions?

I firmly believe that identifying and articulating each of these four pieces is essential for an organization to have a clear vision of the future that is both purposeful and strategic. A vision should be something greater than you. It must be inspirational, powerful, meaningful, and timeless. You should always be aspiring to achieve your vision, and it should constantly be challenging you to grow and improve. I look forward to diving into this topic with you!

Here are a few quotes on vision…

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.”  -Abraham Lincoln

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” -Thomas Edison

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