Planning for success: Step 1 – Vision


Having a vision some idea, wish or dream of where you want to go, what you want to do or achieve is a strong foundation for success and accomplishment. Have you got a vision of where you want your life or your business to go, what you want to achieve? When you go on holiday, I’d hazard a guess you don’t just pack your bags and turn up at the airport or just jump in the car and see where you end up. No, I expect you look at brochures, imagine yourself at the resort or the hotel, have an idea of how you will spend your time on holiday; you have a vision of what it is going to be like.

The following definition captures what I understand to be the purpose of vision in success planning, that is to imagine and develop a set of scenarios for your desired future, where you want to be, what you want to do and achieve.

…a pleasing imaginative plan for, or anticipation of, future events (noun)
…To see as a vision, to imagine (transitive verb)
The Chambers Dictionary (11th Edition)

In business a vision is developed to communicate the desired future state of an organisation and is used to inspire, focus the attention of and harness the energy of the employees. In the same vein, a vision should serve to inspire, focus your attention and provide the energy to drive YOU PLC towards your desired future.

The stronger that you can make the sensory description of your vision and create that imagery, what you would see, hear, touch, smell etc, the more compelling and ‘real’ it will appear to you; you know how a vivid dream does, it is like you are actually there. That in turn will motivate you and pull you towards it.

By it’s very nature, your vision will be unique to you. What you want to achieve, what you want to experience and your desired future are yours to explore. As you explore it write things down, be descriptive, find pictures/sounds/scents that will act as cues; all of these things serve to embed and reinforce the vision in your mind. That’s a topic for another day… As a Coach, this is an area that I find really rewarding when I work with people to develop their vision

I personally like to mind-map, sketch and find pictures to build up ideas and cues, that is my preference as a ‘visual’ thinker

What do you want to achieve in your life or in your business? What to you want to become? How would you like to spend your time?