Three Steps to Developing Your Vision
Create a vision and find your focus
Developing a vision is an easy and important way to gain focus on your goals. Here are three steps from Jenny Garrett to help you develop your vision.
It’s the beginning of the year and I always want to start it with a grand vision that stretches me. I admit that this can be a challenge; I can quite easily get caught up in ‘busywork’, rather than taking a step back and thinking about what the ‘important work’ I want to do is.
A vision gives:
- A mental picture of what success looks like for me and what I want to achieve over time.
- It provides me with guidance and inspiration for what to focus on achieving.
- It keeps me anchored on what’s important.
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Whenever I set off on a car journey to a location I haven’t visited before, I programme the address in to my sat. nav. for guidance. I don’t just randomly start driving and hope to get there. So it would be foolish of me to think that I could achieve my work, business or life goals for the year without visioning them first.
Besides, numerous research studies have shown that the best and most innovative leaders, always have a vision.
Have you created your vision for the year? Here are 3 steps to start developing your vision today.
1. Work Out What’s Important to You
First you need to understand what’s important to you. I suggest that you do this by completing a values exercise. Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. Ideally, they determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. Too often we are living by others' values, these could be from your parents, spouse, or even your boss. When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness. You can find many values exercises online, but email us if you’d like us to send some to you.
2. Allow Yourself to Dream
How much do you use your imagination? It’s so easy as adults to get stuck on being realistic and to stop dreaming, but dreaming is a key part of creating a vision. Allowing your imagination to flow freely liberates you from the restraints of regular life. Imagination creates a vision for you to see what could be. You are able to believe in possibilities that would not otherwise exist. It makes you feel invigorated, alive, optimistic, and enthusiastic. You can connect to a deeper part of yourself. Walt Disney said ‘if you can dream it, you can do it.’ I recommend that you try different activities to tap into your imagination, such as: drawing, writing, walking, movies and art appreciation.
3. Craft it
Written visions are more likely to be accomplished than those we just keep in our minds. Writing down your vision lends power and commitment to its accomplishment. Once you have a vision, make sure that it’s clear and concise. Craft it so that it could be shared in just one tweet.
Visions are great but do remember that the distance between your dreams and reality is called action.
Receiving Mentoring is a great way to focus on your vision and peach your full potential.
Originally Posted in Pulse LinkedIn
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