Originally posted on Ashford University Forward Thinking, January 2019: https://www.ashford.edu/blog/career-tips/the-value-of-purpose-passion-and-vision-and-how-to-achieve-success
Defining the Terms
The steps you take to achieve your vision includes the plans and the processes you implement to achieve your goals. Goals allow you to focus on an objective, mobilize you to achieve a goal, and increase your performance (Locke and Latham, 1968). “Stay committed by using visualization techniques to imagine how your life will look once you’ve achieved your goal” (Mind Tools, n.d.).
Vision is what you hope the world will look like in the future because of your commitments and actions today. An inspiring and meaningful vision of the future can motivate you and move you into action.
Spend Your Time Wisely
Time is important. Once it’s gone, you never get it back, so spend your time wisely. As you move toward your vision and goals, try to maintain balance, and keep your eye on the prize.
Here is something to remember about time: “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has the same number of hours and minutes in every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours, and scientists can’t invent new minutes. You can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow,” (Waitley, n.d.).
Achieve Your Goals
Your life is a work of art, so paint your picture, and paint it in color. Aim high and work toward your vision and those things you rely on to inspire and motivate you. For example, reflect on a moment, such as completing your degree and walking at commencement. Picture your peers, family, and friends who are around you to share in this wonderful moment in time, see what a great day it will be, and then visualize your future career success and growth.
To help steer your mind in the right direction, here are seven key things to consider as you work toward your goals:
Author: Bill Davis, CM