Monday, April 28, 2008

Vision Statement (Amy)

At the Face to Face with Greatness Seminar, Dr. Brooks asked us to set a goal. After we each committed our goal to writing, he challenged us to complete it within 2 weeks.
At a George Wythe College Seminar last summer we were given an assignment: Complete a Vision Statement. These were the 10 steps:
1. Write your name at the top of a blank sheet of paper.
2. Visualize what your education will be 5 years from now.
3. What is the #1 thing that will improve your education?
4. Visualize your life 10 years from now.
5. Visualize yourself making a difference in the future.
6. What help do you need?
7. What else do you need?
8. What fears must you put aside?
9. What is your greatest dream?
10. What are the next 5 steps?
Go somewhere quiet where you can really think about these questions. Spend time thinking about each one and come up with a good vision of each in your mind. Then take the time to write them all down.
Sound easy? The first time I did this, I cried. I was surprised to know that I didn't have an answer to some of the questions. I could fill the page with all my fears, but really struggled with some of the others. I realized that in all of my day to day "living" I hardly thought about the purpose of my life. I spend most of my time worrying and concentrating on everyone else. It was necessary (yet painful and exhilarating) to take the time to think about where my life was headed. Since then, I've been amazed to see the difference it made in my life as I was more purposefully driven.
For the last few months I've known that I needed to revisit my vision statement. It's not an easy exercise, but I also learned how great it can be. So when Dr. Brooks asked us to set a goal, I knew what mine would be. After almost missing the deadline for the challenge, I completed my vision statement. Althought it was easier than the first time, I still struggled and pondered. But now I have a guide to achieving those things that I want most in life.
My challenge to each of you: Take some time out of your busy lives and write a vision statement for yourself. You may be surprised where it leads you!

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