Mission, Vision, Values – Fundamentals to Creating an Inspired Life
“Powerful expression must have a target and a plan for reaching it. Keep it compelling and pragmatic!” ~ Nando Raynolds
As you can see, Maria and I firmly believe that people are happier and healthier when they discover their own purpose in life. Questions like – “Why am I here?” “How can I find meaning in my life?” – show that people are nagged by feelings of purposelessness, lack of fulfillment and meaninglessness.
Perhaps they’re so busy doing things that they don’t take the time to figure out if what they’re doing really matters in their big picture. However, without a distinct purpose or goals for achieving that purpose, life will be a little aimless and is likely to be less satisfying.
Fundamental to defining your purpose is defining your mission, vision, values, and developing plans for how to actualize them. These won’t come to you automatically. It requires a set of skills that we teach in the Seven Keys to Living a Balanced Life.
Creating Inspiring Visions and Goals is Key #6. Let’s break down the four main elements of this – Mission, Vision, Values and Goals – one by one.
Values: These are the activities, behaviors, and abstractions that are really important to you that you value. They are component parts of your life vision.
Vision: What is the big picture or how you want your life to be? What do you desire in your relationships, business and finances, service to your community, health, recreation, and even possessions?
Mission: Your Mission is what you want to do to manifest your vision.
Goals for achieving your Vision and Mission: Some goals are under your control and some are not. Being wedded to goals that aren’t under your control is a recipe for failure. Also, notice that you have internal and external goals. Internal goals are emotional states, while external goals are the means to achieve those states. It’s wisest to focus directly on your internal goals.
You, no doubt, have goals around harmony, which are about living in alignment with life and the seasons – these are the goals of traditional hunter/gatherer societies. You also have goals around progress – these are the goals of the civilized world. Both kinds of goals are important for a fully satisfying life.
When you’re planning individual projects that are aligned with your mission, vision, values and goals, it’s helpful to separate out the “Dreamer”, freeing your imagination to play. The dream can then be referred to the “Planner” for the process of defining how exactly to proceed. Then the plan can go to the “Critic” or “Troubleshooter” to make sure there are no objections.
It might take a number of cycles through from one part to another to come up with a really good plan. You may need to do extra research, learn new skills, or enlist help from other people to bring your mission, vision and values to fruition. Keeping your emotional energy up will probably require having a really vivid and compelling prize and thinking about that often!
Would you like the detailed skills that will help you as an individual to fully develop and define YOUR truly meaningful mission, vision, values and goals? Or perhaps you’re a spiritually inspired life coach who wants to assist clients through the process. We’d love to help. Learn more about our program, Life in Balance: The Seven Keys and reserve your spot in the next session.