“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)
If you were to open up a magazine and saw a featured success article covering your life what would your story be? If you were to write your obituary, what would it say? What is it that you are purposed and driven to be and do? Whatever you see yourself accomplishing and being, it is defined as your vision and the goals and actions you implement to reach your vision is your life plan.
What is it that you want out of life? What do you want to experience within the next 90 days, 6 months, 1 year etc.? What would you like to pass on to your children and family? What will be your contribution to your others in your community, people, the world? What is your purpose in life?
We must not fall prey to living on the surface, but we must embrace life and be women of substance and vision. This means that you cannot move forward, make improvements or claim your wealth if you do not know what your vision or life plan is.
Life experiences and consequences, good or bad, are based on the choices and decisions that you make. If you want to be a leader, you must make the choice to be a servant to all. If you want to be wealthy, you must make the choice to eliminate your debt, live on less, establish an investment plan and develop ideas to make money. If you want to be healthy, you must exercise and make the choice to control the types and amount of food you eat. If you want to be successful, you must develop a positive mental attitude of a successful person. YOU SEE IT’S ALL IN YOUR CONTROL AND IT STARTS WITH A VISION.
You must write your vision down. Why? To keep you focused on the prize. The first thing you need to know about writing your vision is that it doesn’t have to be a long written document. Your vision can also change or be revised; after all, you are the creator of your own vision. Most experts recommend no more than 50 to 75 words. This way you can work on memorizing it and be able to recall it quickly for your own self-motivation.
Now it’s time to brainstorm within yourself, which means you must ask yourself questions you may not have thought about before. Below is a list of questions that will help you to start forming your vision:
Once you have answered the questions, it’s time to start writing your personal vision statement. Try writing in first person and don’t worry about being too long in the beginning. The most important thing is to get something down on paper. You can then go back and rewrite and revise as much as you need to. See the samples below.
1. There are about six basic areas you should consider when writing your vision statement. It will be important to write at least one goal you would like to accomplish for each of the following areas:
3. What do you enjoy doing? Think back on when you were a child or teenager, when you were younger, last year or even yesterday. What things would you miss the most if you did not have them in your life anymore? Try to list at least eight to ten such experiences
4. What are some things that you have always wanted to experience in life outside of your family? List at least 3
5. If you never had to work again, what do you see yourself doing?
6. What habits would you like to form in order to improve your quality of living or accomplish your goals?
7. If you were told you were dying, what would you regret not having done?
Sample Personal Vision Statements:
Note: The samples below are short versions and written in first person. However, your vision can be written in an article format (third person) as well, or keep it simple and just do bullet points. .
“I want to wake up each morning of my life and thank God for giving me another beautiful day. I want to show my family and friends how much I appreciate them and make sure that I show the children in my life how much I love them. I want to be physically fit and live a long life because I have taken care of myself, eating the right foods and exercising. I want to anonymously give to people in need without expecting anything in return. I want to write books of wisdom and encouragement about what I have learned in my life that will help others to live more abundantly. I want to travel with my husband by my side at least twice per quarter and create a photo journal of our journey. I would like to retire comfortably and have enough money that I can leave money behind in a trust for generations to come.” I will create businesses and other ideas that will help to support my business financially.
- In all things, I will seek to please God.
- I will have a wonderful husband that treats me with respect and three beautiful children and we will live a very peaceful and fulfilled life that is full of respect and love.
- I will encourage my family to have goals and missions.
- I will teach my family that we must love our country and be a part of the community we live in.
- I will become a very rich woman by investing in real estate, stocks and creating business ventures.
- I will make decisions that will positively impact the lives of thousands of people. People will smile when I am around them, because I will always represent and express love.
- I will keep my mental and physical health in good status and always improve my knowledge and skills by listening to tapes, reading books, enrolling in workshops and classes.