REVISING YOUR PERSONAL VISION
by Dr. Linda
It's good to create or revise
the "personal vision" you have for your life. A compelling
vision can help you succeed, be more satisfied with your life,
and get the most out of your mentoring relationships. Following
is a tool for doing that.
Importance of Having a Personal
Numerous experts on leadership
and personal development emphasize how vital it is for you to
craft your own personal vision for your life. Warren Bennis,
Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, and others point out that a powerful
vision can help you succeed far beyond where you'd be without
one. That vision can propel you and inspire those around you
to reach their own dreams. I've learned in my own life and in
working as a psychologist that if you don't identify your
vision, others will plan and direct your life for you. I've
worked with too many individuals who late in their lives said,
"If only. . . ." You don't have to be one of them.
Senge defines vision as what
you want to create of yourself and the world around you.
What does your vision include? Making a vital change in an area
such as health, technology, or the environment? Raising happy,
well-adjusted children? Writing a book? Owning your own business?
Living on a beach? Being very fit and healthy? Visiting every
continent? Helping others with their spiritual development? What
are you good at? What do you love to do? What aren't you good
at now, but you'd like to be? All of these important questions
are part of identifying your personal vision.
Use this Tool #1 to think through
and start to craft your personal vision. It's adapted from many
sources and should prompt you to think and dream. Find a place
without distractions such as a quiet table at a restaurant. Answer
as many of the questions as possible, and discuss your responses
with someone you trust.
Personal Vision Tool #1
Things I Really Enjoy Doing
What Brings Me Happiness/Joy
The Two Best Moments of My Past
Three Things I'd Do If I Won the
Issues or Causes I Care Deeply
My Most Important Values
Things I Can Do at the Good-to-Excellent
What I'd Like to Stop Doing or
Do as Little as Possible
Being fit and healthy
Having a nice home and belongings
Leaving the world a better place
Learning and improving myself
Making others' lives easier or more pleasant
Enjoying my family
Did any of these questions
trigger some ideas about what you'd like to be doing with your
life between now and 2005? If so, keep thinking about the questions
and your answers, and continue your personal research.
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