Vision – What are we actually talking about when we discuss the word vision? When it is put into context with your business or your life, it seems to take on a purpose all it own.
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson both had a vision for what direction they wanted the United States to head in, during the early years of independence. Even though they both wanted many things in common for the US, they each had a different way in getting there.
Their views were thought of as the beginning of the Democratic and Republican Parties. In other words, they both has a vision for the country as to where they wanted to be in the years ahead but had different views on how to get there.
Susan Ward, who writes for small business, Canada, suggests that a vision statement is: “called a picture of your company in the future but it is so much more than that. Your vision statement is your inspiration, the framework for all your strategic planning.”
She also suggests why it is important, when you are crafting a vision statement to let your imagination go and dare to dream. That it is important that your vision captures your passion.
Bill Gates’ vision for Microsoft, in the beginning, was to have a computer in everyone’s home not necessarily the steps on how to get there.
Ward also suggests that your vision is your ticket to success. It is a picture or photograph of what your company’s future really is. It provides the inspiration for your daily operations as well as your long term strategic decisions.
There is a need to distill your vision into a practical, viable form. You will need to understand that you have to put into a written form, the essential ingredients that allows you to keep your vision alive. When you refer to your vision statement, you need to keep it alive and even tweak it once in a while to keep it fresh.
The vision statement is what provides the destination for your journey and without any destination in mind, how can you know where you are going?
Now many of you might say your are going to get to it – plan your vision statement but in reality, you probably will just continue to put it off. If you don’t know where you are going, then how do you know when you get there?
David Wood, one of the co-founders of Empower Network, has stated right at the beginning of your start in Empower Network, that if you need to set your intentions to know where you are going. He suggests that there are two goals that need to be followed: 1) set a clear intention for your outcome and 2) take action even before you know what you are completely doing. David Wood felt that you needed a clear intention and to take massive action as you go along.
Two thoughts that need to be addressed in the beginning of any pursuit in business: You need to plan and you need to have a vision. Most businesses fail due to a lack of a plan, both goals and visions.
What is the difference between a goal and a vision? Visions are inherently more abstract, while setting business goals is more absolute. For example, you can set a goal of reaching a certain financial remuneration by January 1 but it is the attitude and the feeling in which you feel the importance of reaching that goal that vision comes in to play. One is abstract and the other is absolute.
Write down your vision of where you want to be and also write down your goals as to exactly where you want to be. Don’t plan to fail just because you failed to write down these two very important plans.
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