George H. W. Bush never got the vision thing, and neither did I. All the self-improvement gurus like Covey stress the importance of “Begin with the end in mind.” I just couldn’t seem to get a glimpse of what, if anything, my mind had in mind.
Moreover, glomming together a bunch of superlatives left me cold and unbelieving.
But at some point I tried. And tried again. And again.
Slowly a picture began to unfold. Instead of asking myself what I wanted my whole life to look like, I began to ask myself what I would like just a small piece of it to look like:
- What makes my life meaningful?
- What do I want my family to be like?
- What do I want my relationships with my friends and family to be like?
- What kind of work and play do I enjoy?
- How will I practice the ideals I value?
- What do I want our home to look and feel like?
- What kind of financial shape to I want to be in?
As I began to look at these smaller domains of my life, it became easier for me to describe an ideal of how I would like them to be.
But probably the most important thing I have learned about writing a vision is that it is an ongoing and never-ending process. We change. We grow and mature. And as we do so will our visions.
So I review my vision nearly every day to remind myself of who I want to be and what I want my life to look like. And if it dawns on me that the vision I’m reviewing no longer paints a picture of the life I want to live, then I revise it to paint one that does.
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