To create a personal vision statement you need to first develop a personal mission statement. Please see my last post for advice on developing a personal mission statement.
I look at a personal vision statement as a concise description of the kind of person I want to become written as if I have already achieved my goals for growth. The mission statement gives us a guiding hand of what kind of person you want to become. The vision statement helps us visualize who we want to be.
The second step, after developing a personal mission statement is to get in touch with your spiritual center, and verify that you really want to become the person you hope to become. Reading of scripture, books, prayer, and meditation are all tools which can be used to get in touch with your spiritual self.
The third step in creating a vision statement is to compress your verified goals, hopes, dreams, and desires into a few targeted sentences, written from the perspective of having achieved them.
An example of a vision statement would be, “I am a person who listens to the spirit, is loving, and seeks to build others up.”
Creating a vision statement becomes a way to remember who you want to be. You can keep it in your head, and use it to help guide your actions, and decisions. You are well on your way to establishing your personal identity.
Like the mission statement is a work in progress which changes as you grow and learn, a vision statement should grow and change as you do. Remember to review your mission statement regularly to keep it in your mind. Give yourself time to ponder changes. Use it in your weekly and daily planning activities.