We can create vision statements on several levels. We can imagine what we choose
for the world and what we choose for our business, our relationships and every
aspect of our life. Good vision statements evoke emotion and excitement. They
inspire us to take action and to stay focused.
Heres a famous example: President John F. Kennedys vision was big
and bold. We will put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
His vision galvanized the nation. Scientists began work on what heretofore had
been impossible. Goals were set. Action was taken. What was focused upon was created.
On July 20, 1969, we held our collective breath as Neil Armstrong took his now-famous
first step on the moon.
How could it be that out of that one statement, with commitment and perseverance,
mankind entered a whole new realm of possibilities? How can we help others create
their own inspiring personal visions with similar possibilities for greatness
and lifelong satisfaction? How can we help them tap into their own imaginations
to create roadmaps for their future?
One of the best ways to get in touch with your vision is to start from completion.
If you are supporting others to create their vision, have them close their eyes
and visualize the way their lives and work would be if they were exactly the way
they wanted them to be.
When you do this, record the peoples responses for them. You can help them
to create their visions in more detail by asking additional specific questions.
Here are some suggestions.
Its five years from today and you have created your most desirable
business (relationship, family, financial well-being, physical and spiritual
well-being, etc.). Describe it as if you are feeling it right now.
How has your business changed over these past five years?
What steps have you taken to create this new success?
What have you done to support your team members for their success?
What are you doing on a regular basis to sustain and increase your success?
Youre now at your ninetieth birthday party; what are your friends
and colleagues saying about you? What has been your legacy? What have you enjoyed
the most about your life? Where have you excelled, and what has brought you
your greatest satisfaction?
Your vision puts you in alignment with that which you are and who you are. It
supports you in expressing your values. Reflect daily on your vision and give
yourself checkpoints along the way. Are any course corrections in order? Ask
yourself, What can I do to bring my vision closer to reality?
Values, then vision, goals and committed actionyoure on your way
to creating the life you choose.
MARION CULHANE has been an active networker for
twelve years. She has reached the highest leadership level
within her company and served on her companys
Founding Associate Advisory Council. She is a prior
Board Member of Gabriel Media Group, Inc