We’ve all heard of companies writing vision statements, but we rarely write one for ourselves. Use this month to fix that. Simple, clear and memorable statements of vision inspire us, help clarify our choices, and motivate us to choose and then shape our own path. It’s a gift we can give to ourselves.
And here’s the thing: it’s not really that hard to give ourselves this gift.
The best personal vision statements are short and simple, even one-sentence! You can also make it less intimidating by narrowing the timeline. For instance, instead of trying to write a vision of what you will make of your entire life, just focus in on what you want to accomplish this year. For instance, you could just make the exercise a matter of answering one or both of the following questions: “How do I want to be different when this church year comes to an end?” and/or “What do I want to have done when this church year ends?”
Here’s some more support. If you want to take the single sentence approach, check out these videos:
If you want to dive in more deeply, here’s a great road map:
As you are writing your statement, run it by those close to you. Ask for their reactions. Something insightful will surely arise from those conversations.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2018 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘VISION’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)