Last updated on February 26th, 2023 at 01:12 pm
A vision plan works like a compass to let you know when your dream has drifted off course and you have headed away from your dream. This is easier to do than you might think. Because life will try to get in the way of your dream.
Life happens no matter what kind of good you are bringing into your life. People move out of your life, kids go away to school, parents get sick, pets die, jobs change, marriages end and health can change. A vision plan will help you continue working on your dream when life is kicking you around a bit like only life can.
A vision plan can be that beacon of light that can give you hope and a plan when you feel like giving up on your dream.
Shiloh Sofia McCloud, the author of Heart of a Visionary divides her vision plan into two parts. The first part is getting down your idea and the second part is the realization of the idea. From creating the path to living the path. She further advises that you dream big during this process so that it goes your world. Expect what you don’t expect to show up.
Make sure when you start this process that you are in a comfortable place you love where you won’t be distracted while you write (or type). Use your imagination and don’t let fear or any “I can’ts” stop you from writing it down. Turn off that side of your brain for now. It’s just trying to protect you. Bless it and tell it to come back later when you aren’t busy, or maybe not at all?
Ready to start your vision plan?
Get out your paper and take notes so you know what to write a the top of your papers, or copy and paste the questions into Word for completing when you are ready.
Creating a Vision Plan
(Date started – later date completed)
1. The Why
A. Passion: Naming the Vision
Write your vision and your passion and why you feel compelled to create it.
B. Vision: Living the Vision
Imagine what it will look like when you are living your vision, describe it.
2. The What
A. Product or Service: Naming the Vision
Create and explain your products or menu of services.
B. Success: Living the Vision
Imagine your product or service being very successful, explain what it looks like and feels like. Come from a place of success when you write.
3. The Who
A. Client: Naming the Vision
Explain who you are serving, your customer, and their needs and wants. And most importantly, why is it important to you to reach them.
B. Collective: Living the Vision
See yourself fulfilling your greatest work for your clients, for the world, share it.
4. The How
A. Purpose: Naming the Vision.
Explain how and in what ways you will fulfill your life purpose with your vision.
B. Mission: Living the Vision
Imagine sharing your purpose as a mission statement with others. What is it?
5. The Where
A. Venue: Naming the Vision
Explain the environment in which your work is realized, and the space it happens in. Where the work is delivered. There may be several locations.
B. Marketplace: Living the Vision
Envision your work in your favorite marketplace where your offering is appreciated, purchased, and valued. See yourself there, representing it.
6. How Much
Need: Naming the Vision
Write down how much you are being compensated now, and what you see in the next 6 months, then in the next year. And in 5 years.
B. Livelihood: Living the Vision
Imagine the time when your livelihood and compensation are as you would like them to be, share it here in detail and what it gives you. And how long away is it?
7. The Who I Am
A. Identity: Naming the Vision
Explain how who you are is suited for this work, and why it is in alignment with you and your legend. Do you have a working title for your position?
B. Legend: Living the Vision
Imagine yourself at the zenith of your career, respected and well-known. Share your legend–how you want to be seen, what you want to be recognized for.
8. The Sale
A. Customer Service: Naming the Vision
Create your customer service standards and your values and commitments.
B. Happy Customers: Living the Vision
Imagine a scenario where a customer has returned for a “big deal.” It is the kind of deal you dream of in your kind of business — see it and tell it.
9. The Wow
A. Gift: Naming the Vision
Describe the gift you bring to your work and why this work makes use of your gifts and skills. Also share the gift you get back.
B. Gratitude: Living the Vision
Imagine a time of utter gratitude and thanksgiving, a celebration regarding your Vision being acknowledged. See it and share it!
10. The Women
A. Pleasure: Naming the Vision
What is the personal pleasure and self-value you feel you will experience through your creation? How does it add to you?
B. Peace: Living the Vision
Envision a time when all is well with your life work, things are smooth and good and balanced. A day when you have a peaceful sense of accomplishment.
11. The Who Else
A. Friends and Family: Naming the Vision
Write down how you feel your friends and family will benefit, or how it may impact them. What will it bring? Take? Provide?
B. Community: Living the Vision
Imagine the new friends/connections/contacts you will be creating. Write a story about it.
12. The Wisdom
A. Knowledge: Naming the Vision
Explain what you hope to gain from your work, in terms of personal development and growth. What is the education and transformation you will experience?
B. Experience: Living the Vision
Invent a scenario where you feel proud of yourself and what you’ve created. See yourself presenting your work, you feel brilliant! Radiant! Tell!
13. The Where you Live
A. Home: Naming the Vision
Describe how where you live will facilitate your work journey and your rest time.
B. Future Home: Living the Vision
Travel to your homestead, yes, the home of your dreams. Write it here!
14. The Within
A. Self Care: Naming the Vision
Create a self-care and spiritual (or rejuvenating) practice plan and explain it in detail.
B. Self-Empowerment: Living the Vision
Imagine yourself at peak vitality, doing everything you should do for yourself. What do you look and feel like? What about the clothes, your sense of confidence?
15. The Completion
A. Retirement: Naming the Vision
Explain your exit strategy, if there is one, otherwise your kick-back plans.
B. Legacy: Living the vision
Invent the vision, where you feel as if your life was very well-lived and that good work was done, and that you were a part of making a difference and can enjoy some time to just be. Where do you see yourself?
16. Dreaming the Future: Create a Vision Timeline
Create a historic timeline of your dream in 20 years, 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, 1 month, and the next week.
Now doesn’t that seem easy?
Remember that, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” (Joel A. Barker)
Shiloh has owned galleries for over twelve years and made over two million dollars in the sales of her art.
Her original paintings are internationally collected and her product line is represented at galleries and fine shops throughout the United States. In addition to an extensive line of original sacred art and prints.
Shiloh has published over seven books as well as creativity journals, visionary cards, and offerings of her writings.
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Catherine Hughes is the editor and founder of 8WomenDream. She’s also a magazine columnist, content creator, blogger, published author, and former award-winning mom blogger. Catherine collaborates with companies to craft engaging web content and social media narratives. Her work, highlighting stories of the resilience and success of Northern California residents, appears in several print magazines. Outside of work, she treasures motherhood, her close friendships, rugby, and animals.
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