Who are you?
If you had to answer this question today, could you? Otherwise, you are in the same boat as most of the population. There is no specific time or age when we humans come to know each other like magic.
Many of the business owners I coach are able to tell me their business vision statement, but most don’t know their own personal vision statement. Yet developing a personal vision statement is imperative for your personal and professional success.
Linked to the personal mission statement, but used to understand yourself and your future on a deeper level, here are five reasons why you should start writing your personal vision statement today.
1. It allows you to align both your personal and professional visions.
You can’t really begin to know what you want out of your business or professional life if you don’t already know what you want out of your personal life. Creating a written personal vision will help you identify your values, goals, and desires. Once you have determined them, you can then better align your professional life with your personal values.
2. It gives you a clearly defined roadmap for your personal success.
You would consider it foolish for a person to drive aimlessly looking for a destination without an address, route, or map. For the same reasons, it makes no sense to maneuver throughout life without a roadmap and a plan.
It is often said that “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Creating a roadmap will help you stay focused and on track to achieve your long-term goals.
3. It helps you avoid detours, such as distractions, and protects you from potential dangers.
Having a written personal vision allows you to plan the most effective route to achieving your goals. This lets you know clearly when to say âyesâ or ânoâ to things based on your personal values ââand vision. It also helps you spot potential hazards or roadblocks before you are hit by them.
4. It inspires you to think ahead and not focus on regrets or mistakes.
To be successful, you always have to look to the future. You can’t wallow in regrets or let mistakes drag you down or freeze in your tracks. If you have a clear personal vision, you can focus on your end goal and accept mistakes for what they are: a part of life and a learning experience.
5. It guides you and your company towards a âchampagne momentâ.
Earlier I mentioned that most people don’t know who they are. If you are reading this, you will probably want to be different from “most people”. If you want to be successful and achieve what I like to call a âchampagne momentâ or a personal desire that you’ve always wanted to achieve, you have to think outside the realm of âmost peopleâ.
If your personal vision doesn’t include being average, you should focus on creating a detailed personal vision statement to help you do your best.
How do you go about creating a personal vision statement?
There is no set way to create a personal vision statement. But first, you need to think about who you are, what matters most to you, your values, goals, desires, and more.
When creating your personal vision statement, you want to avoid thinking about limits. This view should not be based on what others think or say, how much money you have, what you own or don’t have, or where you are today in your professional life.
When writing your vision statement, you don’t need to know how you are going to achieve your goals or realize your personal vision today. These answers will come in time.
â¢ Allow 45 minutes for quiet reflection and taking notes.
â¢ Ask yourself the following questions and write words or bullet points next to each. You may not have the answer to every question.
â¢ Once you have answered all the questions, review your answers and write a personal 100 word vision statement.
1. What is your “why?” Can you define yourself in three words?
2. What areas of your business do you enjoy working in? The areas that energize you?
3. If the opportunity presented itself, what functions would you delegate?
4. How many hours per week would you like to work?
5. How many vacations would you like to have and how would you like to take them?
6. What would be your ideal total salary (including benefits)?
7. Besides money, what intangible benefits do you expect from your job?
8. What, if any, are your spiritual beliefs that bring you contentment?
9. What level of health, nutrition and activity make you feel good?
10. What do you like to do for me? What are your hobbies or interests?
11. What do you want to accomplish in the future that would bring you personal satisfaction?
12. How much family time do you want and what are you going to do with it?
13. What are your retirement plans?
14. How will you leave your business on your way to retirement?
Are you ready for your best year?
Knowing yourself is the basis for growing as an individual and building something bigger, like a business. Most entrepreneurs want to go ahead and take shortcuts. Do not cut this corner.