Do you ever wonder what your purpose in life is? Whether your answer is, you need a vision to become your mission or you may run the risk of being reduced to a machine, doing your daily activities day in and day out without a second thought or questioning what or why. Is this how you want to live?
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What is the difference between a mission and a vision?
Your mission and vision are very similar in that they both sum up everything that you would like to do, be, and have, both on a personal and professional level. To stop confusion, just remember that a visionary is someone who imagines possible futures and a missionary is someone who does work under the guidance of a larger objective.
A mission is about today, it is a short informative definition that answers why.
A vision is about what the future will look like if we fulfil our mission, it is a long inspirational snapshot of what will be.
Is it important to have a personal vision and mission?
Our vision and mission keeps us moving forward, helps us to understand where we want to go in life, reminds us of our most important goals and gives us tangible direction. They determine our values and priorities, uncover our passions, identify our contributions, describe our legacy, and put our lives together.
Creating a personal vision and mission for yourself
Step One requires you to ask yourself what personal qualities you most want to emphasise in yourself, how you can display and use the qualities, and what your most important values are. Remember that in order to be successful, you need to answer these questions as honestly as you can.
Step Two requires you to visualise yourself five years from now. Imagine that everything is that way you want it to be, that you are every bit as successful as you want to be, and that the future is in completely in your hands. Stay in the future and ask yourself where you are, what you are doing, how you are feeling, and why you want to be there. Draw your future self and your surroundings on a piece of paper, making sure to include visual, kinaesthetic and auditory elements. Be as detailed as possible.
Step Three requires you to sum up your vision and mission. To figure out your life’s purpose, ask yourself what they things are that you ultimately want to achieve, who you want to be, what you want to do, how you would like to be perceived, what the impact of what you would like to have would be, and what would need to happen in order for you to feel proud of your progress in a couple years time.
Step Four requires you to take everything you envisioned, wrote down, drew or dreamt and write it into your own inspiring and exciting vision and mission statement. Review it often because the future will soon be here.
It is so easy for us to get caught up in all that is happening around us and because it won’t be slowing down anytime soon, it is important for us to take a step back to focus and reflect on what it is that we really want out of life. Don’t let your dream life get away!
Robert Louis Stevenson said: “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.”