WRITING A PERSONAL
by Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones
In a nutshell, your personal
vision is what you want to be, do, feel, think, own, associate
with, and impact by some date in the future. We recommend that
you identify your Personal Vision as a development strategy.
We're providing some tools to help you identify and implement
your personal vision.
In a previous article, we encouraged
you to begin thinking about your personal vision. If you have
not yet done so, go to Creating or
Revising Your Personal Vision (Tool #1). Print a copy, and
spend at least an hour by yourself completing it. You won't be
able to do this task if you don't complete that important initial
It's now time to pull together
your research and write a Personal Vision Statement. Your vision
must be unique and appropriate for you, so we offer the following
Personal Vision Statement only as an example:
- I am more physically fit,
almost finished with my formal education, actively involved in
two close personal relationships, worshipping and serving God
regularly, having fun every day, and making at least 75% as much
money as now doing work that I love.
Notice in this sample that the
person included several areas of life (physical, intellectual,
social, spiritual, emotional, and career). It's a picture
of how the person sees himself/herself and is written in
the present tense.
Use the following tool to synthesize
what you've learned about yourself and to write your own statement.
Tool #2: Personal Vision Statement
1. Based on my personal research, these
are the main things that motivate me/bring me joy and satisfaction:
2. My greatest strengths/abilities/traits/things
I do best:
3. At least two things I can start doing/do
more often that use my strengths and bring me joy:
4. This is my Personal Vision Statement
for myself (in 50 words or less):
Talk about your findings and your
Vision Statement with someone you trust. If necessary, make a
second, better draft, but don't compromise your passion. Think
big, and hold onto your excitement! Now you're ready to turn
your Vision Statement into an action plan.
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