Your personal vision statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career, life, and family.
The A3 personal development plan that is a core component of LCS Continuing Professional Development includes the section Background & Vision. This is where you summarise your development status and include a vision statement that should neatly describe the aspiration for your professional development.
Your vision statement should be added to the third line of the section – there’s a character limit, so you’ll need to keep it concise and may be expressed in terms such as to become…to achieve…to develop.
What is a vision statement?
A vision statement is a long term, high-level snapshot of a desired future state. It should be inspirational and serve as your North Star – a beacon you refer to, ensuring you are maintaining the original course you set out.
“Begin with the end in mind” Steven Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Why have a vision statement?
- It provides clarity for the future while directing us to place our attention in the present.
- It helps you identify the aspirations that are most important to you
- It keeps you on track toward reaching your professional goals
- It inspires and propels you to keep workings towards your long-term goals, even when the going gets tough
- It gives you a feeling of direction and commitment in your professional life
- It reminds you of where you want to be when you get distracted
- It provides you with concrete and actionable steps that help you move forward with your goals
- It guides you when making challenging decisions.
Resources & Links
- “Your personal vision statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career. Think of your personal vision statement as the light shining in the darkness that illuminates your life path”. The balance.com
- What to Include in a Personal Vision Statement (with examples)
- How To Develop Your Personal Vision Statement (PDF – Lindynorris.Com)
- Myvisualvision.com – includes tools to create your own VISUAL Vision Statement
- Personal vision statement generator
Examples from famous people
- “To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes.” Sir Richard Branson
- “To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” Oprah Winfrey
- “To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make significant difference.” Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company
- “If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure”. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla
- “I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.” Mahatma Gandhi
- “To make people happy”. Walt Disney
Video: Three Things that Make a MEANINGFUL Vision – Simon Sinek
Video: How to know your life purpose in five minutes – Adam Leipzig