Last week I gave you three easy ways to start constructing your personal vision statement. It creates clarity around why you’re here and ties into your passions, strengths, and successes. How’d you do? Did you get down to a single statement that clearly communicates what you’re about? If so, please share it with me in the comments section below! I’d love to see it!

Vision without Mission is just a dream.

It’s just an idea, a cool thought, or a snappy sentence. Where vision answers the question, “Why?” mission answers the question, “How?” In other words, once you have your vision, what will you do now? This statement is a little longer with a bit more detail. For instance, Bill Gates’ vision statement is “To have a computer in every home.” That’s a great statement, but we’re left asking ourselves, “How will he do it?” Here are 3 easy questions to help guide you in finding your mission.

What does your vision in action look like?

If you were to pursue your vision, what would you need to do to make it happen? This is key because it begins to help you understand and crystalize what it will take to make it happen. Let’s not think about money, funding, or resources. Instead, stay focused on what your vision in action looks like.

Can your vision break down into a few different steps?

Let’s drill down a bit more. Are there steps or pillars that you can tease out, which create depth? I am a linear thinker. I need steps. If you can break things down into bite-sized chunks it’ll create clarity around what you actually need to do.

What can you do so well that propels you closer to accomplishing your vision?

When you look at your daily routine, what can you do on a consistent basis that can get you closer to your vision? This is important because once you figure this out, it’ll create more satisfaction, engagement, and efficiency in your daily rhythms. You’ll begin to figure out what you need to both continue and stop doing altogether.

There are certain things you are doing right now which will not get you any closer to your vision. Instead they are a massive sucking sound! Do an inventory and write down all the things you do on a daily and/or weekly basis. Then build a strategy to figure out how to stop doing the things that pull you away from your vision. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll be a big start in creating forward progress.

Putting It All Together

Last week I gave you an example of my personal vision statement:

Provoking Potential with Every Person on the Planet.

Here is my mission statement:

Provoking potential through practical processes, leadership development, team building, and prayer.

  1. Establishing Key Initiative Areas based on the current environment.
  2. Identifying each leader’s unique edge and teaching them how to increase their influence.
  3. Creating opportunities for teams to learn and grow together.
  4. Helping you see God’s story for your life while figuring out your next steps.

 You can see that I didn’t stop at the statement. I chose to break each pillar out into specific actions to create further clarity. Each part is tied to how I provoke potential when I serve people and organizations. If you cut me, I bleed this stuff!

Now it’s your turn. Give it a try and then put these statements into action! Feel free to share your personal mission and vision in the comments section below. Let’s get after it!