“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
–George Washington Carver
Last at bat, we talked a bit about crafting personal vision statements for various parts of our lives. If you missed out on that post, you can view it by clicking here. In this post, I’m going to lay down a few tips that might be helpful as you begin to craft your own vision statements. As I mentioned in the last post, don’t forget to begin with God in mind. Take the time to pray about it and to greatly consider what God says in His Word. Don’t just make up stuff without considering what God has to say.
Take your time.
When it comes to crafting your vision statements, there’s no need to rush the process. Take the time to really think about where you want to go with your life. Since these statements are supposed to provide clarity and direction, you’ll really want to pour in enough time and thought into creating them. But at the same time, don’t get bogged down into trying to make everything perfect. Remember, you can always adjust or change your vision statements as you go along. It took me a couple of weeks and a few drafts before I really nailed down some of my vision statements. I’ve also already begun to adjust some of ones where good progress is being made.
As I mentioned in the last post, I have two parts to each vision statement. I have a general statement and a few specifics after to help me imagine what achieving it could look like. For example:
I envision to be a man of prayer.
· I make prayer my “chief work.”
· I have 3 set times of prayer a day.
Now if you like, you could put all the sentences together to make up one long vision statement. That’s fine too. I break it up like this simply because it’s much easier to digest. Don’t make your vision statement too general. Something like “I envision to live for Jesus” sounds great but it could mean many things. And at the same time, it could also mean nothing at all. So try to be specific in terms of what you want to see yourself achieve in the future.
Write it down.
Crafting personal vision statements isn’t really a new concept. We already do it all the time. We just do it in our heads. We might even talk about it with a friend or a family member. I suggest writing down your vision statements. There’s just something about writing it down on paper that reinforces the idea in your mind and heart. It’s also great to be able to pull out the sheet of paper and review it from time to time. In fact, I take a peek at my vision statements every morning to remind me of where I want to go with my life.
Share it with somebody.
You might find it helpful to share your vision statements with somebody else. That simply adds an extra layer of accountability in moving towards those goals.
Here are just some tips as you craft your own personal vision statements. I hope you have a bit of fun with this exercise. I’ve personally found it to be valuable in giving clarity and direction to my life.