I had never thought about this until I started my life coaching business and hired a mentor coach. She is someone who helps me get super clear on my business path and what I am here to do in the world with that business.
Not too long ago she asked me what were my vision and mission for my business. “Hmmmm”, I said, “I don’t know”. She gently reminded me that if I did not know where I was headed and what I wanted I would probably be a floundering fish on the dock for quite some time.
I’m going to confess. I’d heard of visions and missions but didn’t have a clue what they really meant. Enter a google search.
It turns out, a vision is future oriented.
It’s about determining your purpose for your time on the planet through what you value. Why do you work in a certain field, why do you want children if you have them? Your core values are those qualities you consider so important for your life, that without them you would not want to be here. Examples include peace, freedom, autonomy, family, health, and truth.
Hand-in-hand with this are the feelings you get when your core values are being realized in your life. Like joy, love, and fulfillment.
A mission is how we “do” our vision.
What steps do you take each day in service of that overall vision? It’s about the choices you make that are in line with your values and the way you want to feel.
To help with this I spent some time writing down the accomplishments I had made in my lifetime. What experiences I had that were fun and lit me up. I included tiny things such as planting flowers to big things like my chosen field of work, why I did no want to have children, and moving across the country.
After I wrote these down I looked for the common thread within them. Why were they important to me? What about those things brought me such joy and fulfillment?
I realized that they were all things that brought out my authentic self, I could see the possibility in each experience, I could use my own gifts and talents in a way that worked for me. “Bingo”, my mentor coach said. Now take that and give me your vision and mission for you business.
So I did and I’m going to share it here. My vision is about being an authentic coach/person, seeing the possibility for my clients lives, using my gifts and talents in that capacity, and doing it the way it feels best (on my terms).
My mission is to help others create fulfilling lives on their terms by helping them go deeper within to find their own truth, shift their perspective, and make the changes in their lives that they want.
Do I think everyone needs to have a vision and mission for their business or life?
No. To each their own for sure.
For a person like me however who wants to make her time and energy on this beautiful planet earth matter, having a vision and mission reminds me of not only what I value but also how I make choices and take action towards that vision. So if something in my life does not line up with either what I value or the way I’m doing something I get to decide if it’s something I want to keep or not.
Here are 3 Steps to creating your own vision and mission.
- Vision- Take out a piece of paper and a write down the various experiences you have had in your life as well as accomplishments you have made. Look for the pattern that runs through them. Did you notice that you enjoyed being around people was prominent? A core value could be connection. Did you find that you got your best work done on your own? A core value could be solitude.
- Look at the feelings that accompanied those core values. Were they love, fun, or independence? Now write down a few sentences that encompass your values and feelings.
- Mission- What active steps can you take every day towards your vision? Is it through your job, your interaction with others every day, or the love you put into cooking a meal for your family? Jot that down.
Some people I know put their vision and mission on a cork board by their desk or a special place at home where they can see it and be reminded of the direction they are headed and want to go. If you need to make a decision about something, it’s the perfect place to go back and look to see if it falls in line with your vision and mission. If not maybe it’s not something you really want to do. If yes, it will probably feel great to do it.
And you get to change your vision and mission as you grow. It’s a great thing to revisit annually to see if it needs to be tweaked or revamped.
Are you in line?
Here’s to living a life that you create on your terms!
Thank you for spending some of your time with me today. I really do appreciate it and hope you found it helpful. As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest, you can leave behind. Bloom On! Susan P.S. Do you have a vision and mission for your life or business? I'd love to hear if it has made a difference for you. Leave a comment below or email me, email@example.com