Any company you’ve ever worked for probably has a mission, vision and values. The idea is that they should be the basis for everything they do. Your life really is no different. What could be more important than your ultimate success and fulfillment? There’s no way to know exactly what steps to take as you pursue your dreams. However, your direction has to come from a clear understanding of what matters to you. You need your own personal mission, vision, and values to serve as a compass when you need direction. They are the foundation for planning.
You can chart a map to your dreams by creating your own personal mission, vision and values.
Now, that said, I recognize that that’s not the easiest thing to do. It’s an exercise that will require many rewrites. You will have to research, conduct interviews, and come up with and ponder answers to fundamental questions. In short, you’re going to have to do the internal work. Your dream is a moving target, so that work never stops. As you get closer to your dream, and the view gets clearer, you have a different vantage point. You’ll be at another level. Most importantly, you will be growing. As a result, you will have to reevaluate and adjust the Map over and over again.
The Flip Map
You can chart a map to your dreams by creating your own personal mission, vision and values. Then, use them to guide your actions. I call your personal mission, vision, and values the Flip Map.
- The dictionary defines “mission” as “a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling”. What do you want to accomplish?
- “Vision” is “a mental image of what the future will or could be like”. How do you want the future to look?
- “Values” are “a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life”. What matters most?
Again, these are not easy questions. You have to be honest with yourself, and once you get the answers. Use the Plan Side of your Flip Book to write them down and use them as the basis for creating your Flip Map, something to guide you.