Having a vision is different from having a plan in one crucial way: a personal vision involves a deep inquiry into the meaning and purpose behind your motivations and plans. Combined with action steps, your personal vision is your guiding light to lead you to your dreams with as much excitement and vigour as you had on day one. We’ve met a number of writers at Tusitala who are filled with passion and excitement, and having a personal vision would be an added bonus, a tool that would help in figuring out how to move forward through the complex world of self-publishing, for instance. That is, knowing the ‘why’ behind your actions allows you to assess your options with more clarity and make better choices towards your goals.
Here’s a simple way to start (but by no means is this an exhaustive list)
- What gives you joy? Be specific.
- What do you need in order to feel fulfillment at work?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? How have they been reflected by others?
- What are the values that you live by? List them down.
- What are your short and long term goals for various aspects of your life?
- Why do these goals matter to you?
Answering these questions and writing things down will help you craft an image of an ideal future that isn’t generic, and embodies your values.
The next step, of course is to make plans to move forward with your goals. Having a 3 month, 6 month, and annual check-in to track your progress towards your goals is a great way to assess your efforts and tweak your actions to reflect what is going well. Timelines and plans, paired with a strong sense of purpose? You’ve got the recipe for a killer personal vision down to a T.
Importantly, while your vision is uniquely yours, the wonderful internet is teeming with great examples of personal visions. Resources can go a long way in helping you figure out how to make a plan to make your dreams work.
There’s an app for that…
The Streaks app for iOS allows you to set and track your progress on daily personal goals. This could be as simple as practicing writing for 20 minutes every day, because it gives you joy, or taking an online course on marketing to learn how to sell your ebook.
If you prefer to write things down, the Passion Planner is a great tool to guide you towards setting and achieving goals.