Hone Your Life Vision
Monday Jun 05th, 2017
Just as businesses are guided by a vision, your life can also benefit from having a vision. A vision is a description of your idealized lifestyle and outcomes. Vision is often based on living according to your highest values and principles.
- When honing your life vision, here are things to keep in mind:
- Your vision shouldn't be about "shoulds." A compelling vision is based on what you want to achieve, not what you (or others) think you should have or should do.
- A vision includes identifying your highest values. One exercise is to list all of your most important values (such as honor, trust, fun, play, love, etc.), then imagine you have to throw away one of your values. Which one would you cross off? Then you have to throw away another value from your list. You keep doing this until you’re left with the values you refuse to throw away.
- Focus your vision on a higher sense of what you'd like out of life based on your values, without worrying about specific details. There’s a story told in business seminars of two explorers tasked with reaching a certain destination through the forest. One explorer picks a path and starts off immediately with great enthusiasm, overcoming each obstacle along the path. The other climbs a tall tree and sees that the other man is headed in the wrong direction. The metaphor is that the second man has vision to help guide him. He may hit the same obstacles, but he has a better sense of where he’s going and how to get there.
- Keep your vision distinct from your goals. A goal has a time-bound and measurable outcome. A vision is the broad sense of direction you want your goals to take you.
- Keep your vision fresh. If you're feeling bored, reevaluate your life vision. Are you still on the right path? Are you living your vision and finding that it's not what you thought it would be? Or have you discovered that there's more to life and you need a bigger vision?
I’m always asked, “What’s the secret to success?”
But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry.
And always be the hardest worker in the room. —Dwayne Johnson