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Creating Personal Vision by June
Too many people dismiss their visionary thoughts as pipedreams, as fantasies.
But isn't this a spark of life? To feel motivated, awakened, hopeful and
enthusiastic about something? To want to grow, to develop, to manifest and
create? Vision not only gives us joy and hope, it quickens our health.
Having a clear awareness
of your own personal vision is an important part of learning to live with
effect, with meaning, with intent. A vision that reveals your inner heart (your
values and feelings) and your mind (your beliefs and goals) is the root of a
satisfied life. Vision is a mental picture of the way things could or should be
in the future. It involves a visual reality, a picture of conditions that do
currently exist, at an internalised and personal level. It is not somebody
else's view of the future, but one that is unique to the individual. "Numerous
experts on leadership and personal development emphasize how vital it is for you
to craft your own personal vision for your life. Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey,
Peter Senge, and others point out that a powerful vision can help you succeed
far beyond where you'd be without one. That vision can propel you and inspire
those around you to reach their own dreams. I've learned in my own life and in
working as a psychologist that if you don't identify your vision, others will
plan and direct your life for you. I've worked with too many individuals who
late in their lives said, "If only. . . ." You don't have to be one of them."
According to Peter Senge, our personal vision is what we want to create of
ourselves and the world around us. As individuals, each person's personal vision
is just that - personal! What you envision for your life is often different than
what your neighbor or colleague envisions, even different from what your spouse
might go for. It is healthy to envision. Too many people dismiss their visionary
thoughts as pipedreams, as fantasies. But isn't this a spark of life? To feel
motivated, awakened, hopeful and enthusiastic about something? To want to grow,
to develop, to manifest and create? Vision not only gives us joy and hope, it
quickens our health. One of the key secrets of elders who live well past the
usual lifespan is a thirst and enjoyment of life, of good meaningful work and
anticipation of each moment's beauty and pleasure. Having a vision helps us to
do this, to see new discoveries in each passing dreams - ones that bring us
closer to the 3D reality of our manifested visions.
Be Open To All Ideas
The first step in creating personal vision is
exploration and discovery. Sit down with a pad of paper and pen in a restful
inspirational place and allow your mind to sink into a reverie state. This is a
calm and relaxed state, conducive to creative ideas and eurekas. Begin to write
down all the things that come to mind when you think about your own unique
personal vision. Don't be shy - if it comes, write it down. Dismiss any
distracting thoughts that might come up. "I can't have THAT!" or "That's
impossible!" At this point, write away with abandonment. Write until you feel
you're done then survey what you have written. Look it over a few times and
drink in the essence of what you have written. What sort of feelings come up as
you read your meanderings? What thoughts? What physical surges? Do this for a
few minutes then put your pad aside and go for a walk or take a bath - do
something that allows you to relax.
Prepare for Incubation
As you engage in the relaxing activity you chose,
think back about your spontaneous writings. Continue to feel the nuance, the
mood, the inner pictures, every thing you sensed and thought about as you mull
over what you have written, from memory. When you feel saturated with the
essence of your fantasizing, prepare yourself for more written work.
Construct Your Personal Vision
Many people find it beneficial to
quantify their vision by setting specific timeframes and horizons to shoot for.
Look at your writing and begin to select the ones you want to start to work on
immediately. Write down your vision for this coming year - 2002. As well,
contemplate the type of impact and results you want to achieve in 2002. Ask
yourself these questions:
- Where do you want to be one year from now?
- Who do you desire to be in the future, and what impact do you want to
Impact and Results
What impact and results do you want to personally
achieve in the Year 2002? Imagine achieving a result in your life that you
deeply desire. Ignore how possible or impossible this vision seems. Imagine
yourself accepting the full manifestation of this result into your life.
Describe on paper the experience you have imagined, using the present tense, as
if it is happening now. What will you need to be like in ideal terms to deliver
the results and impact you listed?
Core Vision Elements
Within your writing are important key constructs,
your core vision elements. These are personal characteristics that you will need
to either exercise or develop in order to achieve your personal vision. For
example, the elements you might need to pursue higher education next year would
include excellent retention, higher order thinking skills, perserverance and a
love of learning. Core vision elements are inspiring and motivating - they make
you want to reach for the stars.
Write down the Vision elements that you need to display:
List the core personal vision elements that are inspiring to you:
Set Your Goals
From your Personal Vision, you can create three key
target goals to help you make your vision a reality. Write your view of the
three most crucial goals embedded in your personal vision. Also include select
strategies for reaching them. a. In order to achieve your goals you must write
ones that are clear, realistic, relevant and informed, based on sound, ethical
decision-making, and your core values.
1. Goal to Achieve:
Strategies to Use:
2. Goal to Achieve:
Strategies to Use:
3. Goal to Achieve:
Strategies to Use:
Set an Action Plan
Now you need to plan your action for achieving your
goals. Write down concrete things you can do to help your goals be realized.
Supplement this with regular visualization where you envision yourself living
your personal vision right now! Personal visioning uses both sides of your brain
- the right side begins the process with reverie and the left side joins in at
this point - in setting goals and deciding what actions to take.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
not; un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world
is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are
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