What’s Your Dream?
Often times when we start a plan, we want to start with “what’s next” or “what’s first” mentality. That is the wrong way to create a plan. I want to encourage you to work backwards. What is your vision for the rest of your life? What do you see yourself doing 5, 10, or 30 years from now? If you aren’t sure, then join me as we plan your vision.
Plan Your Vision
I’m 32 years old now, and I have had several dreams. I wanted to be a professional musician. I wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. I wanted to travel the world. The problem with a dream is most of them don’t come to fruition. Unless you plan them out. The first step to having a great life or professional plan is to plan your vision.
Your vision has to be huge. It can’t be what you want to accomplish this year or next. We need to think on a different level. I wanted to be a professional musician and tour the world playing music in front of audiences everywhere. Being a musician was a big dream I had. Your vision should be something just as big if not much larger. Whether you’re planning for a company or your personal life, the vision should be so large, you won’t be able to fathom how it could become reality.
Write It Down
Writing your vision statement is the first step to planning anything. Where do you want your company to be at maximum potential? Are you like Amazon and Ford Motors who have a vision to be a global leader? In your personal life, what do you want to be doing that could impact generations beyond you? These are outlandish visions. That’s perfect! Without a huge vision, you won’t push yourself to get there.
Your challenge today is to write your vision statement. This process can take some time if you have never thought about it before. A vision statement can also include multiple layers so don’t be worried if it gets long. Here are some aspects of your life to think about (not required) as you plan your vision:
- Marriage & Family – What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
- Career/Vocation – What does success look like to you?
- Financial – Do you want to live a debt free life?
Fine Tune Your Vision
After you have your vision statement written down, I want you to fine tune it. Make it a statement similar to an elevator pitch. Something you can tell someone in only a few minutes on an elevator. Create a statement that you are so proud of that you would want to frame it and put it in your household or office. It doesn’t matter if it’s simple, short, or long. This is YOUR vision statement for your life plan and no one else.
Plan your vision first; then, come back for Day 3 of your Word of the Week – Planning.