How important is having a personal vision to you?

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A personal vision is valuable but often we don’t think how important it is to our lives. I was reminded about personal vision when I watched a film recently called Unsung Hero. The film was about a family who went to America from Australia and struggled in Nashville. The daughter rescued the family by becoming a popular singer. She had a personal vision and that was to write her own songs, sing them and become a professional at singing. The story is based on true life and she did eventually become a highly successful singer. A vision doesn’t have to be a complicated thing. It can be as simple as, “I want to become a professional singer”.

A more formal description of a vision is:

A personal vision is a broad, overarching statement that articulates an individual’s long-term aspirations and the kind of life they want to lead. It reflects one’s core values, passions, and purpose, serving as a guiding star for future decisions and actions. In contrast, goals are specific, measurable targets that a person aims to achieve within a certain timeframe, and objectives are the detailed, actionable steps taken to accomplish these goals. While a personal vision provides the inspirational “why” behind one’s journey, goals and objectives lay out the “what” and “how” needed to reach that envisioned future.

Vision is something that can help in other areas of our lives on a practical level:

In negotiation and selling, creating a vision for someone else involves painting a compelling picture of the future that aligns with their values, desires, and needs. This technique helps others see the potential benefits and outcomes of a proposed agreement or purchase. By articulating a clear, vivid vision, a negotiator or salesperson can inspire and motivate the other party, making the proposed option more attractive and desirable.

For example, in sales, a representative might describe how a product will improve the customer’s life, solving their problems and enhancing their daily experience. They might share success stories or use visual aids to help the customer imagine themselves enjoying the benefits of the product.

In negotiations, a vision might involve illustrating the long-term advantages of a partnership or agreement, highlighting how it will lead to mutual growth, stability, and success. By creating a shared vision, both parties can feel more confident and enthusiastic about the proposed terms, facilitating a more collaborative and successful outcome.

Overall, the ability to create and communicate a vision helps others make more informed choices by providing them with a clear, aspirational, and relatable perspective on future possibilities.

PS Do you have a vision for your writing? I’ve given many people advice about writing, and now they are successfully employed. Who else is ready to increase their writing skills and wants help? Type “writing” in the comments or DM me, and we can set up a time to chat.