How I Created My Personal Vision Using ResultMaps

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When I started thinking about my vision, it felt like a big task. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create an entire vision, mission, and plan that perfectly represented everything I felt and desired. But the truth is that your vision may not start perfectly and it may not come to you immediately. 

Creating a vision and mission is an introspective process. As you grow and learn more about yourself, your vision gets clearer and clearer. Here are some tips to get started based on how I created my entire vision using ResultMaps:

Start with your dreams

When I first created my vision, I imagined my dream life—my dream career, dream days, dream persona. I meditated on these things, asking myself for each one “could I really turn this dream into a reality? Would I want to?” If my answer to both was “yes,” then I put it on my vision board.  

The first question is important because I can’t accomplish anything if I don’t believe that I can. The second question is important because it might be cool to go to the moon, but I do not plan to make strides to get there, which means it would never be anything more than a dream. 

Using these questions, here’s what I ended up with: pictures of people I want to grow my relationships with, things I want to learn and accomplish, habits I want to build, and places I want to see. You can dream as big as you want, but pick the things that are most important to you so that you can feel motivated enough to accomplish them.

Use your vision to support your values

Once you know where you want to go, start documenting how you want to be known. What are the values that wake you up and keep you going every day? What qualities do you want other people to recognize in you and appreciate you for? These values that you choose will help you make decisions that will keep you on track to your vision. If you say that one of your values is honesty, then you wouldn’t using stealing as a method to accomplish your vision. Accomplishing your vision is about reaching your pinnacle of happiness—how can you do that if you forsake your values just to get there? 

Turn your vision into goals/objectives

Once you know where you want to go (your vision) and the rules you will use to get there (your values), the next step is to plan how you will actually get there by using a set of goals/objectives. My goals are essentially just pieces of my vision board turned into statements. My vision consists of traveling to Spanish-speaking countries and being able to communicate while I’m there. So one of my goals is to become fully fluent in Spanish. 

Break your goals down into actionable steps

Once you have outlined what you want to accomplish (your goals), you can start planning specific steps for how you will make that happen. For me, as you may have read in my article Learn Languages and Information Effectively Using ResultMaps, a step I am taking to become fluent in Spanish is completing the full Spanish Duolingo tree. This is a clear step that will help me reach my goal.

Take strides every.single.day

I have turned my actionable step of completing Duolingo into a daily action that keeps me on track every single day to reach my vision. This step is arguably the most important. You can spend hours creating a vision board and writing down goals, but if you don’t actually take the steps to make the journey, your vision will turn into a mirage rather than an accomplishment. Even baby steps are steps in the right direction. Keep your eye on the prize and you will make it happen.

About the author:
Ren Jones: Customer Experience Director at ResultMaps

Ren is a lifelong learner with a passion for helping others improve. At ResultMaps, he’s constantly exploring new ways to make our platform more enjoyable and is always willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in, even when it means learning new skill sets.

Prior to joining the ResultMaps team, Ren founded Rennovate It, a training development company that creates user-centered employee training programs and procedures for companies like Southwest Airlines and Bank of America. He also collected 80 guided mindfulness practices in his book Mindful 80: 80 Easy, Creative, and Fun Mindfulness Meditation Practices, which is on Amazon.

At any given time, you can find Ren aggressively learning a new language, meditating and practicing his mindfulness, or doing some crazy new adventure like beekeeping classes.

Learn Languages and Information Effectively Using ResultMaps

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Like many language learners, Duolingo is a part of my daily language learning journey, and I have a goal to complete the entire tree. My problem is that I need a way to be able to track how long it is going to take me to finish the tree so that I can make completing it a realistic goal. I don't want to just complete the tree for the sake of completing it—if I wanted to do that, I could have it done in less than 30 days. I want to make sure that I diligently go through the tree slowly enough time to actually retain the words and grammar rules but quickly enough to complete the tree in a reasonable amount of time (considering there are many lessons with 5 levels inside of each one). This is where ResultMaps has been a life saver.

With ResultMaps, I'm able to make a goal for 2019 to "feel fluent in Spanish" by the end of the year.

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To accomplish a goal, you need a way to tell if you’re actually accomplishing it or not. I need to measure how I can tell that I am “fluent” to my own standards, which are my key results in ResultMaps. One of my key results (or ways that I will be able to measure if I am “fluent”) is to be able to confidently hold conversations in Spanish with other people.

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And of course, an ambitious goal such as this one needs a clear course of action, so I can then add action items to my key result to help me actually make this goal accomplishable. One of my action items is to complete Duolingo.

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I found the process of having to actually map out how I would become fluent the most powerful part of ResultMaps. And yet, it still has more to offer. Inside of my “Complete entire Spanish Duolingo” action item, I made an outline for completion. Each item has my self-assigned weekly due date (every Sunday). Inside of each weekly due date, there is a list of the 3 lessons I will complete that week.

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As I complete them throughout the week, I can check them off.

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If I get ahead of schedule (or behind), I can drag and drop items from one week to another.

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I currently have a 105 day streak on Duolingo, and ResultMaps helps me stay true to my goal. How long will it take me to complete the entire Spanish Duolingo tree with this strategy? About 1 year. I will be done in December 2019—right on time for my annual goal.

I'm good about completing my Duolingo practice every day, but if I needed an extra push, I could also add "Complete Duolingo exercise #everyday" to my ResultMaps day plan to keep me committed.

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ResultMaps can help you track all of your goals and turn them into actionable items that make all of your dreams come true.

About the author:
Ren Jones: Customer Experience Director at ResultMaps

Ren is a lifelong learner with a passion for helping others improve. At ResultMaps, he’s constantly exploring new ways to make our platform more enjoyable and is always willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in, even when it means learning new skill sets.

Prior to joining the ResultMaps team, Ren founded Rennovate It, a training development company that creates user-centered employee training programs and procedures for companies like Southwest Airlines and Bank of America. He also collected 80 guided mindfulness practices in his book Mindful 80: 80 Easy, Creative, and Fun Mindfulness Meditation Practices, which is on Amazon.

At any given time, you can find Ren aggressively learning a new language, meditating and practicing his mindfulness, or doing some crazy new adventure like beekeeping classes.

Small wins, every day.

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Techniques: To fit everything in make sure you prioritize “rocks” over “pebbles” - the famous example by Dr. Stephen Covey

Steven Covey studied the habits of high performers and published his results in the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.” In this video, he shows how important it is to choose to do the big, important things first.

To do this, he uses an analogy to make his point about avoiding “getting bogged down in the thick of thin things.”

In the analogy, he uses a jar to represent our available time. Our activity is represented by pebbles and most important projects are represented by rocks.

He then has an audience member come up to run an experiment. There are two examples here of how to get everything in the jar.  

In the first example, we start with pebbles and get them all in first. The pebbles are the small, easy, less important activities. The jar (time) is then filled up so that the pebbles get in the way of fitting on all of the rocks - the important things.

In the second example, if we take the opposite approach, starting with the big rocks first (the important things) and then trying to fit in all of the pebbles, everything fits.

The point this makes is that starting with small activities that are not important will prevent you fitting in all the big things that are important. On the other hand if you start with the big things that are important, you can fit even small, less important things in as well as all of your big important projects.

The metaphor has been used as one of the foundations of the popular Entrepreneurial Operating System and many personal productivity systems.

Manifesto examples

Companies and organizations sometimes publish a “manifesto” to outline their core beliefs and their “why” and/or reason for being. First Round Capital’s First Round Review sums theirs up succinctly:


Manifesto

We believe that there is powerful, untapped knowledge out there that can transform the way people build technology.

There's just one problem: It's trapped in other people's heads — people who are at the top of their fields, who rarely have time to share what they've learned (even when they want to). The Review is about liberating this knowledge to inspire and accelerate action. To deliver on this mission, we'll make you three promises...

1) We'll get out of the way and let experts speak directly to you about what they believe is most important. (That's why we choose not to use bylines.)

2) Every article will serve up tactics that you can use today to change your company and your career.

3) We will never be boring. The stories you find on here are crafted to teach, to engage and to stick.

We launched The Review to cut through the noise so that you can make an impact. We can't wait to see what happens next.

How LinkedIn thinks about vision

First Round Capital publishes the First Round Review - a super useful online magazine that highlights tactics and strategies that have propelled their most successful startups to success.

In this article on LinkedIn’s management framework, they share CEO Jeff Weiner’s thoughts on vision and mission and the role they take.

Many people working in tech use the terms ‘mission’ and ‘vision’ interchangeably, and usually fail to implement them beyond lip service from executives. Weiner is convinced that clearly defining both, and living by them every day is a key defining aspect of building a successful technology company.

“Vision is the dream,” says Weiner. “A company’s true north. It’s what inspires everyone day in and day out. It’s what you constantly need to be aspiring to.” He defines LinkedIn’s vision as “Creating economic opportunity for every professional,” where ‘professional’ refers to every single one of the over 3.3 billion people in the global workforce.

The mission, on the other hand, defines how the company strives to fulfill that vision. For LinkedIn, that means “connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.” Here the term ‘professional’ is all about the company’s immediate audience of more than 600 million knowledge workers in its network, and the opportunity to change their lives.

Visions aren’t immediately achievable. They’re pie in the sky ideals that may take generations, many partnerships, and many people to achieve — and even then, perhaps only in part. Missions, however, can be defined in terms of concrete objectives, and a company can be measured by how well it achieves them, Weiner says. Most companies, even startups, will only have one or the other. But a vision without reference to what the company actually does is unmoored from reality, and may not serve its purpose to inspire and organize employees.

Weiner uses Google as a prime example of a company with a mission that includes the hallmarks of an effective vision statement: it wasn’t “to be a faster search engine that also offered marginally better first-page results.” It was “To organize the world’s information to make it universally accessible and useful.” The search engine and the company’s other products aspire to fulfill that mission. It’s how Google built a team of missionaries and not mercenaries. It’s how you can get the best people and inspire them to be great, Weiner says.
— First Round Review "The Management Framework that Propelled LinkedIn. to a 20B company"

Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset, a short overview by John Spencer

Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset, a short overview by John Spencer

Researcher and professor Carol Dweck uses the term “mindset” to describe the way people think about ability and talent.

Dweck delineates between two different mindsets that exist on a continuum. The first is a fixed mindset, which suggests that your abilities are innate and unchangeable.

The second is a growth mindset, which views it as something you can improve through practice. In a fixed mindset, you view failure as permanent but with a growth mindset, you see failure as a chance to learn and pivot.

A definition of focus from Steve Jobs

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

— Steve Jobs

This quote was featured in Shane Parrish’s excellent article on speed versus velocity.

Techniques: stop screwing yourself over (from Mel Robbins)

In this now famous talk, Mel Robbins introduces her “5 second rule.” Use it to the activation energy necessary to get things done. It’s a solid talk and a solid technique. If you are pressed for time, set your YouTube preferences to 2x speed.

After the talk, try to use the rule at least once a day for 10 days.

For the transcript and similar content, check it out at TED.com

Use this as your personal mission statement 1.0 so you can discover your 2.0

If you don’t have a strong sense of personal mission, it’s no problem. Brendon Burchard outlines why that’s a healthy part of personal development. Set up your mission to live the best quality of life that you can through growth, self mastery and contribution in all of the areas of your life.

You can use this to drive your discovery and growth process- mission 2.0 will emerge from the process. Whether that process takes years or months, it’s all healthy.

Key take aways: Don’t get hung up on a perfect mission, instead, become intentional about growth and your mission will emerge over time as you follow your interests.

And if you feel lost, ask “How can I help? How can I serve?”

To develop into the best version of myself
— Brendon's sample mission