How to find your mission and set a vision for your life
Tanja de Bie - van Leeuwen
Problem solving is my unique ability. Taking a step back or ask questions, seeing the big picture and connecting the dots. Having so many ideas is crucial to finding the right solutions or new insights to new problems.
I can’t believe we are halfway through January already! If you are like me and are serious about upscaling your business, and improving your life, you will already have a vision strategy ready by now. A vision for your life; and a plan to get closer to that vision – with your actions this year.
A vision is an image of your future. An undeniable calling to take persistent action to create this future for yourself, and your loved ones.
There are many quotes on this subject, but there is one from Steve Jobs I really like, “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you”.
Channel your ideas with a clear vision
If you’re bothered about having so many ideas, it is likely that you don’t have a clear vision for your life. You will need many ideas to use in your strategies to realize your vision.
When you have a clear vision, you know how to channel your ideas. You intuitively know which ideas will contribute to realizing your vision; and which ones are best left on paper (and out of your head).
What is a vision?
Your vision is a fixed destination. You WILL get there eventually; but, how you get there is the strategy which you can alter along the way when circumstances change or opportunities arise. If you are a flexible and creative person, you will automatically be able to deal with changes, and amend your strategies, to allow you to arrive at your desired destination.
Tips to find your mission and set a vision for your life
If you have trouble dreaming your desired life, you need to spend more time thinking about what you want. Let go of self-limiting convictions and what you believe to be your limitations. Open mind. Open heart. Open will.
I learned this from Otto Scharmer, “The open mind is the capacity to suspend old habits of thought. The open heart is the capacity to empathize, to see a situation through the eyes of someone else. And the open will is the capacity to let go of old ways of doing things and accept new ones”. He calls this “letting go and letting come.”
Ask yourself questions
As I’ve said above, you need to let go of anything that will limit you. You need to remove your self-limiting convictions and thoughts from your mind, and ask yourself the questions Chris Guillebeau suggests in “The art of non-conformity”: What excites you? If time and money were no object, and you had no pressing responsibilities, how would you like to spend your days?
Or: what bothers you? What problem would you like to fix? There are all kinds of problems in the world… which one(s) are you most troubled by? What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?
Write it down (I’m not kidding!)
Write the answers down. Don’t just read them or try to answer them in your mind, writing helps you to let go! It might take a few paragraphs, maybe even a few pages; but, it will come to you.
When you have your vision written down but are still worried or scared; write down the answers to two more questions:
- How will you feel when you have realized your vision with persistent action?
- How will you feel if you did nothing and didn’t realize your vision?
Align your vision with your plan
Now that you have spent the time to ensure your vision is written down, make sure your plan for 2017 is aligned with it. Change your plan and write down other goals if you have to. Keep the practice of the weekly review to review your vision and to plan the right daily tasks to get there.
Thanks for reading, don’t wait to take action; do it now! You are awesome, I hope you know that.