The oxford dictionary defines vision as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. Creating a vision is one of the most integral aspects of business planning. A vision sets the course for a company to fulfil its mission, adhere to its values, and motivates the entire company toward achieving its goals. I believe that by applying this same principle to our lives will lead to a greater level of life satisfaction. Life is to be created as opposed to merely allowing everything to happen to you. Only you have the power to choose either to create or to aimless wander through life. If you seek a greater level of satisfaction in your life, you must desire a change because if you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting the same results. In order to create a life vision, you must define your life’s purpose.
At this point, if you have not read my previous post ‘How to Figure Out What You Really Want’ or completed the ‘The Wheel of Life Fun Sheet’, I would advise you to take a few moments to read and complete fun sheet; the blog post and fun sheet a necessary foundation to this blog post.
Defining Your Purpose
Your life purpose embodies your values, provides a deep level of satisfaction, points you in the right direction, and expresses your unique view of the world around you. I believe that each one of us is born with a unique purpose. This unique purpose is an expression of the individual and serves as their gift to the world. The world needs what only you have to offer.
‘The Purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.’
– Richard Leider
The key to defining your life’s purpose is to take the time to deeply look within yourself. Throughout your life, you have been given subtle clues to your purpose. You have your own unique set of strengths, gifts, talents, and interests; you are supposed to use them.
2. Joy is a Universal Indicator
Begin by making a list of all the times in your life that have made you feel the most alive and joyful. Look closely at this list, and ask yourself; what does each of these experiences have in common? Write down the answer. This common element provides you with an indicator of what brings you joy and is an indication of your life’s purpose.
Ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers for future reference:
- What are my natural gifts?
- What are my skills and talents?
- What are my personal strengths and characteristics?
- What do I love to do?
- When do I feel most alive?
- What brings me the greatest joy in life?
- What am I passionate about?
- When do I feel the best about myself?
- What do others say that I am really good at?
- How do I enjoy interacting with other people?
- What would I change, if I could change the world?
Reflect over your answers; do you see a pattern emerging? What are the most common characteristics found in your answers? Write them down.
3. Create a Mission Statement
Take your answers from the questions above and consolidate them into two or three sentences. Your life’s purpose is based on who you authentically are, as well as you unique passions, interests, gifts and talents. Your mission statement is the why behind everything you do and strive for; evoke emotion into your statement in order to create significance and build motivation.
This series is about creating a life that is filled with passion and significance; and a life of purpose. Your personal mission statement is the driving force behind your vision and goals.
‘There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.’
– Napoleon Hill
Create A Vision
It is extremely important that you commence this next exercise in a place where you cannot be interrupted, turn of your phone, tablets, shut down your email program, or any other distraction and give yourself permission to dream without limitations. How many times have you dreamt of doing something only to shoot yourself down with the words ‘You can’t do that’? Remember, everything can be figured out if you have the drive and determination.
Reflect over The Wheel of Life Fun Sheet and ask yourself what do I want to change. Close your eyes and visualise your life in 10 years. As yourself the following questions to help you gain clarity, then write a paragraph or two based on your answers.
- What is my purpose?
- What do I secretly dream of achieving?
- What are my goals?
- What am I grateful for?
- What brings me joy?
- How would I like to grow personally?
- How would I like to grow spiritually?
- What would my ideal relationship look like?
- What would my ideal family consist of?
- What have I always wanted to do?
- What do I want more of in my life?
- Where would I like to travel?
- Where would I like to live?
- What career would I choose or create for myself?
- What would my dream home look like?
- What are my financial goals?
- How could I give back to the community?
- What charities do I want to support or get involved in?
- If I could change the world, how would I make it a better place?
2. Emotionally Charged
Evoke emotion into your vision statement. Emotion is powerful and drives you to take action. Just like your ultimate life purpose, your vision statement serves your purpose and provides motivation and focus. It is a constant reminder of the life you want to create for yourself. Ask yourself, how do I feel about my vision? Do I feel charged and ready to take action or do I feel unmotivated? Lack of motivation is an indicator that you need to go back and add more detail.
3. Get Specific
Your vision statement acts as a measure or standard that you are striving to attain and needs to contain detail. This detail defines the measurable results you wish to see and without the detail you will not be able to determine whether your life is on track. Ask yourself do I have enough detail in my vision statement? Does my vision statement accurately paint a picture of what I want my life to be like? Go back and add in more detail were necessary.
‘To create an extraordinary quality of life, you must create a vision that’s not only obtainable, but that is sustainable.’
— Anthony Robbins
In order to get the most out of these two exercises, I have created two more fun sheets, Life on Purpose and Create Your life Vision. These worksheets, as well as others, are available for free to download on our resource library.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. Which one of these tips do you plan on putting into practice this week? Or do you have insights on your experience with defining your life’s purpose or creating a vision for your life? Please let me know by using the comments box below. Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting with such kindness and enthusiasm.
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