Your Life, Your Vision: How to Create a Personal Vision Statement and Live with Purpose

Your Life, Your Vision: How to Create a Personal Vision Statement and Live with Purpose

your life, your vision

If you’re feeling stuck or directionless in life, don’t worry, creating a personal vision statement can be a powerful tool to help you gain clarity and focus on what’s truly important to you.

In this post, we’ll go through the steps you can take to create your own personal vision statement, the benefits of having one, and some prompts to help you get started.

 

Why create a personal vision statement?

Having a personal vision statement can help you stay motivated and focused when you encounter obstacles or setbacks.

When you know what you’re working towards, it’s easier to keep going even when things get tough. Additionally, a personal vision statement can help you make decisions that align with your values and goals, leading to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

 

I’m a Midlifer. Is it not too late to create a vision now?

A personal vision statement can be particularly useful for midlife women because it can help them gain clarity and direction during a time of transition and change. Many midlife women may find themselves feeling lost or unsure of what they want out of life, especially if they have experienced significant life events such as divorce, career changes, or children leaving home.

Creating a personal vision statement can provide a framework for making decisions and taking action that aligns with your values and aspirations. It can also help you stay focused and motivated when you encounter obstacles or setbacks. By staying true to yourself and using your strengths to pursue your passions, as a midlife women you can intentionally create a life that truly inspires and fulfils you.

 

How to create a personal vision statement?

Here are the steps you can take to create your own personal vision statement:

Step 1: Reflect on Your Values and Passions

Take some time to think about what’s most important to you in life. What are your core values? What are you passionate about? What brings you joy and fulfillment? These are the things that should guide your vision.

Step 2: Visualize Your Ideal Future

Imagine yourself in the future, living your ideal life. What does that look like? What are you doing? Who are you with? How do you feel? This exercise can help you get a clear picture of what you want to work towards.

Step 3: Write It Down

Now that you have a sense of what you want your ideal future to look like, write it down in a concise statement. Make sure it’s specific and inspiring, something that truly resonates with you.

Step 4: Revisit and Update

Remember, your personal vision statement is not set in stone. As you grow and evolve, your vision may change. It’s important to review your statement regularly and make revisions as needed.

Prompts to help you get started

To create a truly powerful personal vision statement, it’s important to start by reflecting on your values, passions, and strengths. Here are some prompts to help you get started:

* List two of your unique personal qualities, such as enthusiasm and creativity. These are the qualities that make you who you are, and they can help guide your vision for the future.

* List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support and inspire. For example, if you’re enthusiastic and creative, you might enjoy using those qualities to come up with innovative solutions to problems or to inspire others to pursue their own passions.

* What are your greatest strengths/abilities/traits/things you do best? Take some time to think about what you’re really good at. What comes naturally to you? What do people often compliment you on? These are your strengths, and they can be a key part of your personal vision statement.

* What motivates you or brings you joy and satisfaction? Think about the things that really light you up inside. What activities or experiences make you feel truly alive? What brings you a sense of satisfaction or fulfilment? These are the things that should be at the heart of your vision.

* Write down at least two things you can start doing more often that use your strengths and bring you joy. For example, if you’re really good at writing and you enjoy it, you might commit to writing every day or starting a blog.

* Combine your previous answers into a single paragraph or statement. Here’s mine as an example:

“Live in a way that leaves no regrets. Be the best I can be. Use my enthusiasm and optimism to inspire growth and bring out the best in people. Have fun in my journey, keep learning. Open up, let people in, be brave enough to wear my scars on the outside. Maintain a sense of wellbeing and calm, be kind to myself and believe I deserve it.

Remember, your personal vision statement should be a reflection of your values, passions, and strengths. It should be guided by the qualities that make you unique, and it should be focused on the things that bring you joy and satisfaction. By staying true to yourself and using your strengths to pursue your passions, you can create a life that truly inspires you.

 

UNLOCK YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL

So if you’re feeling lost or unsure of what you want out of life, take some time to create a personal vision statement.

It may just be the key to unlocking your true potential and living a life that truly inspires you.

Design Your Perfect (mid) Life Plan

Design Your Perfect (mid) Life Plan

Why do I need a life plan? I’ve managed without it all this time, why do I need one now?


Hey there! I totally get where you’re coming from – the idea of having a life plan might seem overwhelming or unnecessary, especially if you’ve managed to get by without one so far.

But trust me, having a clear direction and purpose for your life can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.

A life plan is like a map that helps guide us towards a more meaningful and fulfilled life. It’s one that we’ve considered and envisioned for our future. Without a clear life plan we can find ourselves drifting or meandering along with no real direction, vision or purpose.

 

So how do I do it?

So let’s break it down – developing a life plan doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, it can be a fun and enlightening process!

Step 1:  Take stock of where you are now

The first step is to take stock of where you are right now. Think about the key areas of your life that are important to you. Write these down as it’s handy to have list for the next stage.

As a guiding example, when I’m doing my life plan review, I list my key areas for review under my holistic mind, body, life, soul framework.

So my key areas are:

MIND

– Mental health
– Personal growth
– Emotional wellbeing

BODY

– Physical health
– Fitness
– Nutrition
– Personal style & brand

LIFE

– Career & business
– Finances
– Connection & belonging
– Where I live

SOUL

– Spirituality
– Life purpose
– Personal life plan
– Daily practice

Everyone’s key areas are different, so it’s important that you choose what’s relevant and meaningful to you.

* Rate each of these areas how they currently are on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best possible life.

* List the realities of your life such as your responsibilities, available finances, things that really make you happy or things that make you unhappy.

* Start to consider how you would like them to be. What would a 10 look like?

Step 2:  Create a snapshot in your mind of your ideal life

Next, take a moment to dream big and create a snapshot in your mind of your ideal life.

Don’t hold back – think about everything that excites you, from hobbies to family time to early retirement. Notice any recurring themes or passions that emerge. Remember to dream big!  The sky’s the limit so don’t be afraid to be bold.

Then, envision what a 10 in each area would look like – this will give you a clear idea of what you’re aiming for. Use your list from Step 1 as a starting point then add anything and everything that gets you excited about your life like hobbies, early retirement, family time, charity work etc…

Details are good here as it will help you visualise later. Think about those things that you really love to do and notice any themes that might be recurring.

 

Step 3: Take an inventory of your skills and talents, listing all of your professional and personal accomplishments, achievements and strengths

Once you have a clear idea of what you want, it’s time to take stock of your skills and talents. This will help you identify what you’re already good at and what you might need to work on in order to achieve your goals.

My post 15 ways to discover your natural skills and talents shares tips on how to do this.

 

Step 4:  Create a manifesto or personal vision statement, so you can boldly proclaim your wants, needs and desires

With all of this in mind, it’s time to create a manifesto or personal vision statement. This is a powerful tool that will help you clarify your wants, needs, and desires, and give you a clear direction for your life.

It should be all-encompassing and include everything you’ve discovered about yourself and your dreams. Review it regularly to make sure it still aligns with your goals. This personal vision statement post shows you how to really get creative with this. Take into consideration your snapshot of your life (Step 2) and what you’ve discovered is important to you.

This statement should be all encompassing and it should include everything you have already discovered about yourself and your dreams, bringing it all together in one clear statement.

This enables you to make commitments to yourself and stand for something. It should capture the value you create and who you’re creating for, including yourself!

As an example, here is my personal vision statement:

“Live in a way that leaves no regrets. Be the best I can be. Use my enthusiasm and optimism to inspire growth and bring out the best in people. Have fun in my journey, keep learning. Open up, let people in, be brave enough to wear my scars on the outside. Maintain a sense of wellbeing and calm, be kind to myself and believe I deserve it.

I used to review my statement every 6 months or so to make sure it still aligns but after tweaking my first few drafts, it hasn’t changed in over 5 years, which shows that the initial time I spent in contemplation really got me thinking deeply and helped me create my personal guiding roadmap.

Step 5: Hold this vision in your mind by contemplating it for a few moments, each and every day

This is a vital step in the process because you are essentially reprogramming your mind towards this new way of life.

The more you imprint this image in your mind, the more your mind will guide you towards it and help you stay focused and motivated.

 

Step 6:  Take small, actionable steps so you can begin moving towards this new goal

And remember, taking small, actionable steps towards your goals every day will help you achieve them faster than you ever thought possible.

If you take time to focus on your new way of life every day, your mind (and the Universe) will begin to create ways for you to get there.

 

I hope this helps you see the value of having a life plan!

Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once – take it one step at a time and enjoy the journey.

You’ve got this!

 

Why is a life purpose important?

Why is a life purpose important?

Why is a life purpose so important anyway?

It’s who you are.

Who you are and why you’re here.

Your life purpose normally uses your natural talents, skills and abilities and is tied to that one thing that you absolutely love to do. Once you tap into those gifts you can start sharing them with the world, living your purpose.

When you align your choices and actions with your life purpose, life flows in a more successful, meaningful, fulfilling way.

You might be thinking that by your age you should have it all worked out by now but that’s not the case. Your life purpose can evolve as you mature and that’s possibly the reason you’re feeling stuck. What once satisfied you no longer does, and you need to rediscover what your purpose is now.

Plan how to turn your dreams into reality and design a live a better life with direction and focus that be will filled with more passion, joy and aliveness.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Download this fab free workbook to help you discover your passion and purpose. 

Find your gift, find your meaning, find your purpose.

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