By Mark Griffin
All successful companies must have a vision at the heart of their organization. This vision shapes the culture of an organization and acts as a guide to employees and management.
Companies with a vision have a workplace of direction, purpose and achievement. These companies know where they want to be and do the appropriate things to get there. All along the way, they have employees who are enthusiastically a part of it, in eager support of the vision.
But what about you? Do you have a vision for yourself? Do you have goals?
Many people think about them, but very few actually have them. Personal vision is important to have. If you have one and focus on it often, you will ultimately steer your life toward obtaining it.
Think of your vision as your compass, your GPS, or — my personal favorite — a lighthouse at the beach, to lead you through the storms and past the rocky ocean waves you’ll encounter as you make your way toward your final destination.
In developing your vision, ask yourself:
What do I want? It may sound like a simple enough question, but it’s one of the toughest to answer. So, ask yourself again. What do I really, really, truly want for myself?
If you could have the kind of life that would make your heart sing, what would it look like?
At this point, your heart may already be beating a bit faster. Can you really have that kind of life? Yes, I believe you can. I’ve done it and I’ve helped a lot of clients lead passionate and fulfilling lives. It starts by defining what that life could look like.
Now, let’s talk goals. You must establish personal goals in order to get to where you want to go, as outlined in your vision. As an example, here are some parts of my vision and related goals this year:
- Start a business that will grow itself, ultimately turning it into a non-profit
- End my work day by 5PM in order to spend more time with my family
- Finish and publish my book
- Expand my prayer life by surrounding myself with prayer experts
- Spend quality time with my wife by planning two weekends away with each other
- Attend at least one in-person seminar or conference to further my skills and personal growth
- Share how to build spiritually focused organizations by speaking at 10-12 events this year
- Complete a five-night backpacking trip
- Grow my social media presence by 20 percent
Give yourself permission to dream about your ideal life, even if you spend just five to ten minutes a day, and consider the following:
- If I could have more of something in my life, what would it be?
- What should I eliminate from my life for good?
- Which relationships do I need to nurture, or which ones should I release?
- What is my relationship to money?
- What is my secret passion or dream?
- What am I most afraid of?
- What habits should I quit?
- What can I do to bring more joy into my daily life?
- What am I grateful for?
These questions are just a starting point, so take into account all major aspects of your life – friends and family (immediate and extended), church friends, charity work, and – of course – fun and recreation. Also, examine thoughts centering on your daily career, activities, spending habits, personal wellness and fitness, spirituality, and family.
Got vision? We would love to know if you have walked through this process before. What was the outcome? Be a difference maker today and inspire a reader by leaving a comment.
About The Author:
Mark Griffin leads In His Name HR. In His Name HR provides human resource consulting for small and medium-sized organizations. Mark has served in the US Air Force, has extensive educational credentials including a BA in HR, an MBA, and several Executive Education certifications from the University of Michigan.
In addition to serving as VP of Human Resources for an international agricultural equipment manufacturer, Mark has also worked in a variety of HR leadership roles for Fortune 100 companies such as Merck, Kodak and Quaker Oats as well as privately held and employee owned-companies such as Woolrich and Townsends.