Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Begin with a Vision

Vision. Every leader must start with the end in mind. Would you set out across the ocean with aim in site? No! What do you want your life to be about? How would you want your "dash" to be described when looked upon on your tombstone? The answers to these questions help define what you want to ultimately accomplish in life. Vision doesn't define life purpose in terms of money but in terms of life values. For example, rather than pursuing a certain dollar figure salary, a vision might include influencing others to live for a certain cause.

HOW do I live with vision? First, discovery what is important to you or what SHOULD be important to you. Align your life according to those ideals NOW. Second, make a personal resolution to have those ideals be true of you sixty or seventy years from now. Warning: Spend some time researching and reflecting on these ideals. This discovery process shouldn't be done flippantly. Third, create a personal motto or mission statement that outlines these ideals for your life. This motto becomes your purpose behind EVERY little mission you take on in life!

WHY is having vision so important? It clarifies to you WHY you are doing what you are doing. It provides reason or purpose for your life. What should your life live for?

Examine some of the following mission statements:

To Bring Inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.

At Microsoft, we work to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. This is our mission. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible

Harley Davidson, Inc
We fulfill dreams through the experience of motorcycling, by providing to motorcyclists and to the general public an expanding line of motorcycles and branded products and services in selected market segments.

Ford Motor Company
We are a global family with a proud heritage passionately committed to providing personal mobility for people around the world.

Dollar General:
Serving Others For Customers A Better Life For Shareholders A Superior Return For Employees Respect and Opportunity

Our goal for Citigroup is to be the most respected global financial services company. Like any other public company, we're obligated to deliver profits and growth to our shareholders. Of equal importance is to deliver those profits and generate growth responsibly.

To combine aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best insurance value for consumers.

Advanced Auto Parts:
It is the Mission of Advance Auto Parts to provide personal vehicle owners and enthusiasts with the vehicle related products and knowledge that fulfill their wants and needs at the right price. Our friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff will help inspire, educate and problem-solve for our customers.


  1. habit 2 is begin with the end in mind. that means you find out where you want to go and find out the way to get there. there are many ways you can get where you want to go. you can let someone do your work for you and skate through life. or you can do your work yourself and learn something from life witch is a good thing to do.

  2. Having a vision is basically like setting a goal. you need to have a vision to see your future self. when you do this you can do anything, remember to have the end result in mind.

  3. In all the examples, they describe how other businesses begin with the end in mind, meaning they plan how they're going to succeed.

  4. You set a goal and you think about the end result and do what you want with your life. The end result is something you should be proud of. If you aren't happy with what happened it wasn't the right thing for you.

  5. The reason for having a vision is to show you what your main goal is to achive. By starting things off with a vision will give you a better result that starting something with no purpose.