21 Days Of Gratitude – Vision
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
Day 4 of 21 days of Gratitude – Vision
Vision drives your direction; it is future-based and relies on you taking action to get you there. Your vision, then, is something that will propel you towards things that you want to achieve in the future. Your personal vision statement is a written description of your future desired life as seen in your mind’s eye. There is no right format or length. However the more detailed and specific your vision is, the more connected to you it will be and the easier it will be to set your outcomes or goals.
It belongs to you and sounds easy to do, but for some takes years of trial and error to discover. For others, they have a very clear image of what they want to achieve both in their personal and working lives.
A personal vision is based on your emotional aspirations, representing a picture of the future – your future. The difficulty is that we do not have full control of the future. Which means that your vision can often creep from being something that is galvanising and motivational to an aspirational picture that is sketchy, and difficult to achieve. The challenge is to identify how to convert the aspiration into reality.
In Steven Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, the second habit is begin with the end in mind which provides focus on where you want to be and becomes a guiding principle for your daily work and personal life.
A clear picture of your personal vision enables you to understand your core values, allows you to internalize what you believe in and what you are not prepared to change or sacrifice. It helps shape your decision-making process and ascertain to what extent it fits in with the needs of the organization. It will direct you and shape your leadership approach in both the short and long term.
Consider your vision as a passport. It is transportable and transferable, can be used in existing and future roles, creating choices and guiding opportunities for you.
Your vision is personal to you and should act as a motivator on a daily basis. The vision if not enacted is pointless, so periodically reflecting on whether you are moving towards to your vision is useful. If your vision needs to be adapted or changed, then do not be afraid and be decisive, else you will continue to operate against what feels right.
Your vision represents a journey that you will travel on. It sets a clear path and creating that vision is dependent on a complete understanding of your aspirations and goals. To formulate your vision, you need to initially identify your values, and where you are currently, in relation to your vision.
I’m a great fan of vision boards and having them where you can see them. But more importantly, placed where you can walk towards them. In my office my vision board is on a cabinet next to my desk, as I walk into my office, I see it, and I walk towards it.
Another way to create your vision is to keep a vision journal which is much more private. You can also create a collage of images, words, or affirmations. So, like on a vision board, you cut the words and images out of magazines and use glue to stick them down. You can also add your own photos and artwork.
When you look at your vision board, what do you feel gratitude for? Future pace yourself and say thank you for what is on there, although you don’t currently have it. This is a powerful way to bring your vision closer to you.
Grab your journal take just 9 minutes to write 9 things that you are grateful for which enable you to bring your vision to life
Journal Gratitude and Vision Prompts
When you get your journal out bring these to mind and write about what you feel grateful for:
- What is the vision you desire for your life?
- What would it mean to you to have your vision come alive? How would you be living and what would you be doing?
- If you were to create a vision board or journal, what key things would it contain and why?