Wednesday, July 2, 2014
5 Steps to Crafting a Personal Vision Statement by Ruth L. Snyder
Recently in a study of Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray, we discussed the topic of work and were challenged to write our own vision statement. If you've never written a personal vision statement, try the process outlined below. If nothing else, you'll learn more about yourself and what motivates you. Hopefully you'll also come up with a statement that inspires and motivates you to be the very best you can be.
Step 1: Answer these questions
1. How do you want to be seen in ten years?
2. What do you want to be known for in ten years?
3.What do you want your family to be like?
4.What makes your heart sing?
5.Who in your life will tell you the truth about yourself?
Step 2: Select key words
Go through what you've written and select words you've repeated or that are important to you.
Step 3: Read Other vision statements
Here are some sites you may want to visit:
30 Example Vision Statements from Non-profits
Best Examples of a Vision Statement
Sample Mission, Vision, Values Statements
Step 4: Write your vision statement
Jot ideas down and combine them in different ways. Play with different words. Try to capture the key themes you selected in step two. You may find one statement that you know fits, or perhaps you'll end up with a few to choose from. Can you condense the ideas? Once you've written your vision statement, let it sit for a few days and then go back to it and see if it still resonates with you.
Do you have people in your life who will give you honest feedback? People who know you really well and care about you? Those are the people you should share your vision statement with. Ask them if you've captured who you they see you as. If not, ask them for suggestions on how to tweak your statement so that it really fits you.
Check out this post: Mission and Vision Statements for more helpful information.
Need some inspiration? Here's one of my favourite songs:
Here's my vision statement:
"Wholeheartedly seeking God, then serving others with excellence through music, writing, and speaking."
My life verse is:
"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death." (Philippians 3:10 NASB)
I'd love to hear if this process helped you, and what your vision statement is.