"Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it's difficult to score."--Paul Arden
Where are you going to be in 3 years from now?
Do you actually know?
How clear is that vision?
According to business leader, author and speaker, Cameron Herold, every person and organization should have a detailed vision of where they want to be, 3 years from now. Herold calls this a "Vivid Vision."
Rather than having a generic mission statement, you need a detailed vision.
A mission statement doesn't provide enough context. It doesn't create enough emotion. It doesn't create a picture in your mind of what you truly want.
Having a mission statement doesn't require courage.
Having a vision and openly sharing that vision, though, does take courage.
And that's what Herold recommends. First, you get really clear on all of the specifics of your vision.
In your personal vision, you could break your life up into a few key categories. Herold breaks his life into what he calls the "5 F's."
I have another friend who has "7 F's," adding 'fun' and 'filanthropy' to his list.
In your business, you'd want to look at the whole situation top-to-bottom. What does the culture feel like? Who are your customers? What are they saying about you? How big your organization? What does the environment look like? How does communication work? How much money are you making? Where is your focus? What does your typical day look like? What are you feeling?
According to Herold, you want your vision to be 3-5 pages long. One page isn't enough. Once you have your 3-5 page document, put images in the document to make it more visual, emotional, and exciting.
Then, print out your Vivid Vision. Once printed, begin sharing it with everyone in your world.
For your business/organizational Vivid Vision, every employee and client should have your vision. They should know where you're striving to go. That vision should become the benchmark for your current culture and expectations.
For your personal Vivid Vision, begin sharing it with everyone in your life. Share it with your spouse, your parents, your kids, your friends, your clients, random strangers.
The more people in your world know what your vision and goals are, the more they will hold you accountable to those goals.
Your vision should reflect the standards of your current behavior and identity. You need to see the vision so clearly that you believe it is real. You should know in your mind that it has already happened. As American author, Florence Shinn, put it "Faith knows it has received and acts accordingly."
What if you begin sharing your vision with people and they don't like it?
If people don't like your vision, this is one of two signals:
- If they are someone truly important in your life, their feedback may be helpful for clarification and adjustment-- but rather than immediately shift your vision, have a collaborative and open conversation to create clarity
- If they are someone who isn't necessarily significant, then ignore their feedback. Even if they were important in your life at one time, like a best friend from high school. Sometimes, even very important (and well-meaning) people in your life will hate your vision and not support you. In such a case, the words of Strategic Coach co-founder, Dan Sullivan are instructive: "Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than of your past."
Do you have a 3-year vision for your life?
How clear is that vision?
Want to know an easy way to determine how clear your vision is? How much time do you currently waste? How much time do you spend on distractions and other people's agendas?
If the answer is that you waste good amounts of time on things you either don't value long-term or that you don't truly want, then your vision isn't clear enough.
The more clear your vision, the more focused are your priorities. Immediately, you will see that much of your life is not in alignment or at the level of your vision. Even "good" or "great" relationships and activities may not be up to the standard of your vision.
The question is: how serious are you about this vision? How strongly do you really hold to these values? How bad do you really want it?
It will take courage to live up to the standards of your vision. But you must start doing it now. The longer you hold off, the less likely your vision will actually occur.
So, are you serious?
Are you willing to change your current life to have the one you really want?
Are you willing to make your vision that standard of your daily behavior and environment?
Are you willing to take the time to create that vision?
Are you willing to start actively sharing it with everyone?