I recently met with a friend from high school who is now a successful PR manager for a multi-national software company. We reconnected in the midst of his Summer-long sabbatical in a beautiful beach-front artist community, a town where he had spent numerous vacations and feel at home. During the course of our conversation he half-jokingly explained to me a fantasy he has of opening a small deli in this town. He was apologetic and almost embarrassed that he had had thought this out so clearly. It got me thinking about the importance of fantasy in our lives. It’s not so silly. Fantasy puts you one step closer to a goal; from there you can see what it would take to make your fantasy a reality.
Shortly before I graduated from library school I was assigned the task of writing a letter to myself stating what I wanted to accomplish professionally in the following five years. Looking back, I accomplished everything on that list within that time frame–everything. If I had not taken the time to actually think of where I wanted to go in my career and written it down, I doubt I would have actually accomplished these things. What I had done, and what my friend did by working on the details of his fantasy, was create a personal vision statement.
Visioning is something organizations do quite regularly to plan their future direction. This is something we can capitalize on in our personal lives and to set our personal/professional trajectory. It is just one of the ways we improve our personal satisfaction by applying business principles to our personal lives. Wondering where life will take you? Why not work on your personal vision and determine where you will take your life!