4 steps to creating a Personal Vision you connect to..
How’s your week going?
Have you had a chance to complete last week’s exercises?
In case you haven’t done the 10-minute exercises, you can find them here.
How did you go? Did anything surprise you?
Hopefully you found a few nuggets of wisdom and positivity amongst the crazy last few months we have all had.
I always gain a lot from reflecting – even if it’s just for a few quick minutes.
Reflection gives me opportunity to see what’s working well and what needs improvement.
Rather than continuing to spin in the hamster wheel of life, I can slow things down for a bit and see more clearly how I can make life even better. It also allows me to see that even more difficult times bring incredible learnings and opportunities to do things better.
In this same light, it’s important to take time to develop a vision for the year ahead. In the same way, it is important to have a company vision, a personal vision gives you grounding, keeps you focused, propels you toward success faster, and calms the water when things get rocky.
You can keep coming back to your vision throughout the year, and you should.
As Steven Covey states in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we should “begin with the end in mind.”
Why is a vision important?
- It centers us on what we truly want and care about.
- It launches us toward our goals faster and more efficiently.
- It calms us when we’re overwhelmed.
- It helps us make decisions and prioritise things.
- It helps us avoid shiny object syndrome.
- When we write something down, our chances of doing it are significantly greater.
As Kathy Caprino shares in a Forbes article, “You must understand exactly what you want and what matters most to you.”
So where can we start?
Developing a vision for 2020/2021 isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Even just a few sentences gives you a focus for the year and sets you up for real success.
Here’s a 4-step approach to help create your personal vision you can connect to:
Imagine for a moment that it’s 30 June 2021. You’ve had the most incredible year and you’ve achieved everything you wanted. You feel like you’re on Cloud 9 – you are truly and completely happy with yourself.
Now close your eyes. Develop a clear image in your mind of WHAT WOULD BE IDEAL FOR YOU. WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU TRULY HAPPY?
Ask yourselves these questions and write the answers in your journal.
- Where am I and what am I doing?
- How am I feeling? Why?
- What am I most happy about?
- What great things did I accomplish this year that I am proud of?
- What 1 big decision did I make?
- How have I helped someone else?
- What have I stopped doing?
- What have I started doing?
- What I am doing to relax?
- I am no longer feeling….?
2. Capture your new ideas
Now that you’ve completed the vision in your head, jot down 5+ bullet points about your new, exciting thoughts for the next 12 months.
And now…this is really tough, see if you can summarise those in a word (or a few words), growth, systemise, build, develop, master, lead, evolve, shine, collaborate, save, explore, create or you can also use a few words ie change agent or create magical moments are just some examples. Others may have 1 key thing they want to achieve…..ie buy a house. So it’s up to you to choose which way you connect to your vision and what makes sense to you.
Have you got it? Share it with those you trust and keep it front of mind always in the decisions you make.
3. What to do and not do
As you look at your vision list for 2020/2021, pull out your answers from last week’s exercise. Looking at your answers, what can you do or not do to ensure you have your ideal year ahead? Jot down a few ideas.
4. Capitalising on your strengths
Review your answers from last week’s exercises with this question in mind, “What do I need to put into play in order to accomplish my 2020/2021 vision?”. Write down a few ideas.
So now you have a vision for what you want, and some ideas of how you’re going to get there.
Feel free to refine and tweak your vision as needed. Make sure you feel excited and on-board with what you wrote down.
And yes, you can do this with either a business owner hat on or an individual hat on.
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