One stream of Life Coaching that I love is supporting people in creating their own Personal Vision Statement. It’s like a personal GPS.
A Personal Vision Statement provides direction to chart the course of your moments, of your days, weeks and months as you move toward living your vision of your life.
Why should we bother? Because most of us get distracted from our intentions and let other things come first. Then we live with this slightly unsettled feeling and not quite sure why.
It takes skill and practice: first, to create your vision, then to build concrete steps with timelines and, finally, to consistently follow through, allowing your vision to guide your decisions.
The Discovery Process
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. –Carl Jung
The first step is to quiet your mind, coming into a still inner place. This lets you listen more deeply to the tender voice of your heart and soul. There are many ways to do this, such as meditation, breathing, yoga, qi-gong, walking meditation, etc. Explore options that work for you.
Give yourself time: preparing the ground, planting the seeds and harvesting the fruits of your commitment. With gentleness, bringing the mind and heart back to your GPS as needed, moment by moment, day by day, week by week.
Planting the seeds
After quietening of the mind, begin exploring questions that resonate for you: what is here?
“Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Centred deeply in your heart, respond to the questions below; let the words fly without editing.
1. What are the five things you have the most passion for? Be as honest as you can, even if you think they’re silly. What do you really love to do?
2. What are the three to five most significant values that guide you in your everyday life?
3. Write one goal for each key area of your life: self-care, physical, emotional, career, spiritual, family, community, financial, leisure and learning.
4. What are your best, clearest strengths? What do your friends and family say about you? How do you see yourself?
5. Optional: Imagine you’re at the very last few weeks or days of your life and you’re looking back: is there any wisdom you want to tell your younger self?
Harvesting the fruits
Creating a Vision Board or Statement helps you to hold a clear focus of your commitment to yourself.
Block off a chunk of time to actually create your Vision Board or Statement once you’ve articulated some of your values, strengths, passions and goals.
And then, once again, come into stillness to hear the whispers of your heart before you begin.
Using the present tense, begin to craft sentences. You may want to start with active present words like “I am a person who…”. Then add more dynamic and powerful words like “I cultivate/foster/influence” and others….
Keep exploring ideas until you land with a few sentences or a page that feel like a perhaps a close friend. Make sure you’re concrete about how you’re going to build the steps to reach your vision.
A Personal Vision Statement is an evolving and ever emerging process, like growing a garden. Take the leap and try it. Most people love it and find their life increasingly peaceful and heart centred after they’ve completed their process.
Call me if you want to chat further about it.
Susan Young, M.Ad.Ed., RYT, is an Integral Life Coach in private practice in Kingston, as well as facilitating Mindfulness Programs and teaching yoga at Janati Yoga School. Susan’s website is susanyounglifecoaching.com