You don’t have to work for a mega-conglomerate company, or with some sneaky group of stakeholders to know the power of vision statements.
You don’t have to be a superhero or insta-famous either.
Millions of people around the world, in every walk of life, from students to farmers to artists have a vision statement they use in their daily lives.
Why should you bother creating a personal vision statement?
Well, even if you’re already driven and goal-oriented, the benefits of creating one still outweigh the time and effort. Here’s why….
Your vision statement gives you a sense of direction
A personal vision statement will provide you with a sense of knowing where you are right now and where you’re trying to go. Just fleshing this out can bring you the kind of clarity that relieves stress and makes your life feel more manageable.
If you start to feel lost or rudderless, all you have to do is look at your vision statement to help you realize the truth. This is an important psychological benefit -don’t underestimate it!
Your vision statement can motivate you
Motivation isn’t something you feel all the time. It waxes and wanes.
Sometimes you’ll have more focus and energy and other times you won’t want to work on your goals at all, because you’re too busy or you’re frustrated at a lack of progress.
Discipline becomes important here, but your personal vision statement can provide additional motivation when it’s lagging. Here’s a DIY process to help with discipline.
Knowing what motivates you and creating a clear statement can provide you with that extra “something” you need to keep going and get yourself over the finish line when times are tough.
Your vision statement provides a framework for decision making
A personal vision statement helps with decision-making by providing a framework you can use to evaluate options, especially for complex decisions. A good one includes a list of your deeply held personal values.
When it’s time to be decisive, evaluate which options move you towards accomplishing your next goal. Which will move you further away from that?
Which choice would let you uphold your values? Would any particular option require you to be out of integrity? I share a few ways of coaxing your vision out of you in the COSMIC SANCTUARY but you can use this yes/no framework to decide which options to evaluate (or negotiate) further and which to eliminate completely.
This takes the stress out of decision-making and helps you succeed.
Personal vision statements are just that -personal.
The one thing they all have in common is a deep focus on creating a life of purpose for the people who hold them. But no two are the same. Many might not even be recognizable as examples of the same thing.
It does takes some work to create your own personal vision statement. You need commitment and a willingness to do the work to craft it.
It doesn’t have to be a manifesto. Vision statements can be effective even if they’re short, only a few sentences long.
The most important thing is to create a vision statement that inspires you. Inside the stress-free Cosmic Sanctuary there’s a shortcut. A ten minute process that guides you through constructing your intentions utilizing nature’s timings.
Using nature’s timings as a compass, your vision statement becomes more refined as time goes on and your goals are won.