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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.

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.

Use the principles of design thinking to design your life

Executive director of Stanford’s design program at the d.School, Bill Burnett uses design thinking, a career’s worth of starting companies and coaching students, and a childhood spent drawing cars and airplanes under his Grandmother’s sewing machine to inform his work on how to design your life. In five eyebrow-raising findings, Burnett offers simple but life-changing advice on designing the life you want, whether you are contemplating college or retirement. After years of drawing cars and airplanes under his Grandmother’s sewing machine, Bill Burnett went to college where he discovered that there were people in the world who did this kind of thing every day (without the sewing machine), and they were called designers. Thirty years, five companies, and a couple thousand students later, Burnett is still drawing and building things, teaching others how to do the same, and quietly enjoying the fact that no one has discovered that he is having too much fun. As Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford, he runs undergraduate and graduate programs in design, both interdepartmental programs between the mechanical engineering and art departments. Burnett worked on design of the award-winning Apple PowerBooks and the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. He holds a number of mechanical and design patents. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

5 ingredients you can use to build a vision statement immediately.

Everyone seems to get a little nervous when it comes to drafting a vision statement.  Here are 5 great ingredients you can use to build your right now.

  1. Be purpose-driven:
    Give your team a way to connect to larger purpose. Tell them why they are doing what they are doing and why it matters. This is the one must-have for your vision. Get to the heart of "why".
     
  2. Be daring:
    Imagine a future that you create by waving a magic wand. Don't get caught up in the steps you will take yet. Don't waste energy imagining risks. Treat it as a game "if I could wave a magic wand to create this future, what would I create?" 
     
  3. Orient to the future:
    Challenge the present. Vision refers to seeing the end of the journey, it is not limited to the present ground. A bold vision statement challenges the present by saying "we may be here, but there is where we are going." So describe the changed reality that your company has already created by taking this journey.
     
  4. Provide a simple point of focus:
    Think of your vision as a camera lens. It brings things into focus for you and your team. To create focus, it will need to be simple and easy to remember. 
     
  5. Inspire: 
    The language in your vision statement needs to invite people to take a journey with you. Provoke strong emotion and excitement with vivid imagery. That's the key to creating your enticing and clear "north star".

More Data on the Evolution of Team and Culture From MIT's Digital Business Study

More Data on the Evolution of Team and Culture From MIT's Digital Business Study

MIT's Sloan School of Business published data in their 2016 Digital Business Study that reinforces the idea that organizations are evolving into more self-directed, high-performing, data-driven teams.