. Personal Vision
. How to Develop One
. An Example


How to Develop a Personal Vision

1. Centre one's term of reference to oneself. This isn't easy because society and our upbringing have told us that we should be, above all else, considerate of others. By all means one should consider others, BUT one must always think of self - not in a selfish sort of way, but in a way that enables you to always remain true to yourself, your values and your own happiness. And this doesn't mean that one shouldn't sacrifice for others or to manipulate others to their detriment. The truly advanced person is able to accommodate others while remaining true to his/her own self. Develop a personal vision. Include in your vision a view of career, family, lifestyle, achievement, happiness, and anything else that is important to you. Create a picture in your mind of yourself in five or ten years time. Reflect back over those preceding years and ask yourself what you would have to have done in order for you to say to yourself "I'm happy (ecstatic) with what I have accomplished over those years and who I have now become". That is your personal vision.

2. Define one's personal vision. Consider each attribute of your personal vision and define it in tangible terms. For example, if your personal vision has "being wealthy" within it, then define exactly what "being wealthy" means. Is it $10 million in the bank, or two houses, or regular travel or a legacy for the children, or donations to charity? Be specific. Know exactly what you are aiming for, because only with a clear understanding of what it is that will satisfy your vision will you know when you have achieved it, or how far you fall short. Strategise your vision. Once you know exactly what "outcomes" you are striving to achieve, you can then develop strategies to satisfy them. Your career and life opportunities can then be assessed as moving you toward or away from your personal vision. Decision-making becomes much easier when you have a clear view of what it is you want through that strategy, option, opportunity or career change.

3. Marshall resources and alliances. Don't make the fatal mistake of assuming that you only have yourself to rely upon to achieve your vision. Firstly, you should have your family and friends to help. Secondly, you should marshal your networks to help you. Consider developing a Visioning Circle that will have 20 to 30 people working to help you fulfil your vision.

4. Do it. Once you have determined what you want and how to do it - then do it. It is easy to just make plans and to dream. But it takes guts and determination to actually do something. Remember: every day you procrastinate will be one day less of your own happiness - and no one except you is responsible for that. 

5. Review your progress. Every so often, especially when you feel frustrated or disillusioned, reflect on your vision and your progress. If you are tracking toward that goal, then great - keep doing what you have been doing. If not, then reflect on your strategies. Contemplate getting advice or help if you feel you need help. Since we all grow and change, reflect on your vision: it may have "moved" and you may have to refine or re-define to suit your emerging self and its emerging character and needs. 

6. Refine your personal vision and strategies.

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