How do you bring a vision into life?
Are vision and mission abstract wordings for you? In this blog we will show you how we make these wordings tangible in our programs for individuals, teams and organizations.
What is a vision?
The word vision means “A view or opinion of someone on something”. This can be about an important event, or about your future perspective as a person, team or organization. Yes, you as a person can also have a vision of life!
We learn at a very young age to develop a vision, even though we do not call it like that. Just think about the question “What do you want to become later on?” we ask small children. They daydream (link to previous blog) about this and reply nice and unrestrained, eg “Fireman”. You can adjust a vision based on your own experiences and influence from your environment. For example, we do not become a firefighter but a lawyer, or choose a partner of the same sex while we had the stereotype Barbie-Ken picture as a child.
For us, a vision is a clear picture of who you want to become as a person and as a professional. Usually you are partly there already and often it is an art to discover the ambitious part of it. If you discover that, you can move from who you are to who you want to become and take control of your own future.
How do you discover your vision?
We work with values, what is most important to you, as the foundation for your vision. So we start with awareness (link to previous blog) of your values, what are they and what do they look like and how do they feel for you when you live them. For me, for example, “energy” is a value. If I live this value, I only do things that give me more energy than they cost me. If you realize what your values are then you are ready for the next step.
You visualize who you want to be in the future, and how that looks- and feels like. Enjoy daydreaming with the inhibition of the toddler. Dare to investigate what goes on within you at a deeper level and dare to name that for yourself. For example, I dared to face my desire to see as much of the world as possible. Different nature, people, smells, colors … that makes me intensely happy and gives me energy.
How do you find the guts to live your vision?
A clear picture of your vision, including the feeling of it, leads to an inner drive to realize this. However, the daily reality challenges you! Worn patterns, limiting beliefs and your environment slow you down and tell you it is all good as it is. Choosing for yourself and your vision often requires the courage (link to previous blog) to do something that does not seem to be without risks.
Please take up the challenge to keep that clear image and feeling of who you want to be sharp in mind, and prevent it to be put away safely inside again, then you can only get moving. And luckily you do that step by step. As long as you keep the right direction in mind.
When does a vision live?
Let’s go back to my personal example. I realized that my well-paid job costed me much more energy than it returned to me, so I took the risk of starting my own business still being the main breadwinner, very exciting and also a liberation when I look back. I also intended to travel at least 4 weeks a year to new and unknown places. For the past 2 years I travelled full of energy to Canada, Spain, South Africa, Italy and Tokyo.
Go on a mission to bring your vision to life!
In the above example, I live my vision and am therefore “on a mission” to lead a happy and successful life.
I do this step by step, the image and feeling of my vision keeps developing and I invest in it to keep this sharp in mind. You can do the same for yourself, your team or your organization!
The word mission stands for the action and movement to realize your vision by spending your energy on the right things. You bring your vision to life, for yourself and your environment.
How are you, your team and / or your organization doing?
Is the vision clear and are you on a mission by living by it?