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.