Creating a Vision Journal
Why should you have a vision journal? Studies show that organizations who have a mission and vision statement are more likely to take relevant action to achieve the expected outcome. Likewise, when you have a personal vision and mission statement for your life, you are more likely to take corresponding and relevant action to bring your expected outcome to life, i.e., fruition. Today, I would like to offer 4 significant elements that you may want to include in your vision journal.
I. Personal Vision Statement - Your vision statement should be a short descriptive paragraph that embodies your core values, the impact you would like to make, and key accomplishments that you would like to achieve. In a sense, it is the heartbeat of your contribution to the world at large; something that would be for the greater good of those who would benefit. It’s the big picture of your life for the future. For example, “My vision is a community of people who use their fullest potential in service to others to relieve, poverty, social injustice, and starvation.”
II. Personal Mission Statement - You mission statement concerns itself with your present desire and “how” you would like to accomplish a set intention. It answers the questions of What? Who? And How? For example, “My mission is to mobilize a group of like-minded people to help decrease loneliness among the elderly in my community by providing monthly companionship, meals, and appropriate activities.”
III. Visualization - This section of your vision journal is all about imagination, creativity, and forecasting. It’s what you see. It’s who you see. It’s how you feel. It’s a future picture of your life in action. You can use charts, pictures, art, stickers, labels, magazine articles, data, research, thoughts, ideas, etc. It’s the lens from which you see your success. Be specific, make sure you can measure progress, make it attainable, be realistic, set a timetable, and observe and document the potential impact you will have.
IV. Your “Why” Motivation - I mentioned earlier in the vision section about the “greater good” factor. Notably, your “why” is what drives you. It is the impetus for which you use to make daily decisions. It is your energy force that fuels your passion. It is that “element” that you cannot live without. Your “why” has to be so ingrained into your DNA, that it reconciles with who you are at the heart level. With that being said, the development of your vision journal will flesh out whether you are seeking personal gain and notoriety only for yourself, or desiring to make impact and deposits in the lives of others for the greater good of humanity.
*Please note that these are my suggested personal thoughts about creating a vision journal. There are many ways to accomplish this. My desire is to get you thinking about your purpose and how you would like to live it out intentionally. Peaceful Blessings!