Happy New Year! I know I am writing a day late. We spent this year jumping on a bus up to Surfers Paradise, sitting at a kid friendly restaurant to watch the early fireworks, before lugging sleepy children through the partying crowds back home again by 10pm .
I am looking forward to 2013. But as I usually do in January it is time to pause and reflect and put out fresh intentions for a new year. What is my personal vision statement for 2013 and how does it differ from a goal or resolution?
For years I have listed my goals in a freshly minted diary. With my brand new pen in hand I would neatly write my name and address, meticulously marked the new year birthdays of all my family, highlight key holidays, re-write my budget and then copied over similar financial and career goals from the year before as I had not quite achieved them. I have never been one for resolutions however I think I have indulged a little too much this past month as my clothes are starting to feel a little too tight, the tell tale sign of too much alcohol and larger portion sizes and not enough exercise. So I will start 2013 back on an Isagenix 30 day nutritional cleanse and I am looking forward to enrolling in new boxing classes but I have no desire to rehash the common resolution of “lose weight resolution.” Blah.
So, I’m not going to set goals this year. I am not going to list resolutions of change.
I am going to set a Vision.
A leader always stretches their vision and their dream. A leader is always moving, learning and being part of a dream which is always bigger than themselves.
A Vision is an aspirational description of what you would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid-term or long-term future. It is intended to serves as a clear guide for choosing current and future courses of action.
A vision statement doesn’t tell you how you’re going to get there but it does set the direction. Some tips read that when crafting a vision statement let your imagination go and dare to dream make sure it captures your passion. I keep writing and rewriting mine. I am trying to articulate what make me want to work hard, what drives me and how do I want to live my life.it
I have another week of holidays before back to work and I hope to have a first draft written in my diary before then. No more same old goal lists but a clear personal vision statement where I am confident all activities and decisions will build a basis from for 2013. Can’t wait.
Have you thought to write a 2013 personal vision statement?