Courtesy of Nick Twyford
Creating a vision is about having the sense that things aren’t right in your life. You have a clear image of a better way of living, and you create strategies to reach that vision. By moving forward towards your vision, you need to act continuously and with intent to achieve your heartfelt desire (the vision).
Wellness coaches can work with you to create a vision statement. What exactly is a vision statement?
It is a statement outlining the long-term desired change. It provides you with the ability to look beyond your present circumstances, to create what doesn’t exist in your life. The statement includes:
- What you want (outcomes)
- Why you want that desired change (values)
- What could get in the way of achieving that vision (obstacles)
- What you can do to overcome those obstacles (strategies and broad areas for a change).
Furthermore, you can ask yourself:
- What would you like your wellness to look like?
- Who is the ideal person you’d like to be when it comes to wellness?
- How great is the gap between where you are now and where you wish to be?
- Why is this vision important to you?
A Vision Statement Example
I’d like to give you an example of a vision statement below to clarify the points mentioned above.
“I would like to have greater energy and optimism for my daily life (what) so that I can achieve more things during the day. I’d also like greater energy and optimism so I can be a great role model to my children and have more patience with others (why).
The greatest obstacle is my insomnia (obstacle).
I believe that when I can change my nightly routine, I may improve my chances for change (broad area for change).
When I focus my mind on something new I can be very determined (strength).
Now Ask Yourself:
- What would you like (in one aspect of your life)?
- Why is that important?
- What else could change?
- What is your greatest obstacle?
- Which strengths are likely to help with your vision?
A Wellness Coach can work with you to overcome obstacles and set clear and specific goals to reach your vision. To reach that vision, normally three months is the timing you would give to achieve your goals towards your broad area of change, as specified in the example above.
In conclusion, your vision comes from the deepest part of yourself. It is about creating change towards an ideal self. It involves overcoming obstacles, utilising your strengths, and setting out clear goals. What is your vision?