Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My thoughts on a personal vision statment

A letter I wrote to one of my teachers recently:

The problem I have run into is something i think almost everybody faces but 'somehow' they manage to 'bypass' it. I am having a very difficult time because of this. The problem itself is that I don't have a vision and therefore no direction and so I don't know what to do!

Do you have any ideas on how to solve this problem?

I think the traditional answer to these kind of problems is 'pray to God he will help you' but I suppose that really doesn't help, because in many ways I suppose I have been 'praying' to him for most of my adult life and if there is a particular prayer people know about then they seem to hold it very close to themselves.

Another view people have is "don't think about it!” This is almost a best seller among the group of people around me. I can't see this one solving the problem either.

"Good Luck!" is my personal favorite.

End of letter

People mostly don’t have a personal vision statement. Those who do have a clarity which helps them achieve their vision. With a certain resource of intelligence and enough passion most visions should I think be achievable.

People who I know have achieved their visions’ to a large degree are:
Google founders: “To organize the world’s information”
Bill Gates: “Put a computer on every desktop and in every home”

Earning money and even taking care of the family is hardly a vision! Both of these things can be done easily if one is pursuing a worthy vision! But how many people around you have given it enough thought? How many people have a vision? And why not…

The pharaoh’s vision I understand was primarily to achieve power. Ok so he achieved power, what then? Where do you go from there? Is this vision fulfilling enough? I don’t know how the Pharaoh would have answered the question I find it too boring a goal to pursue!

In the recent Bond movie his friend wanted to get revenge and kill the man who murdered her family. She did that. What then? Was this goal sufficiently big?

The prophets have had a vision that I must say has been the most powerful of them all! But they are outliers by a great measure! Having fulfilled their vision in the process great change took place in the world. It became a mess later on… because things were perhaps badly misinterpreted by many but the message is still there I understand for anybody to reach out and grasp.

My vision! It has to be good!

1 comment:

  1. What I would say today

    Good Luck is precisely what I would say now if somebody asked me the question about a personal mission statement.

    I would say this because one can only do the best given the opportunities they have.

    And make the best of them.

    And leave the rest to God.

    So you work on the immediate by giving it your best and wait for good to happen.

    That is why they say:
    “Pray to God He will help you”


    “Don't think about it”

    or finally

    “Good Luck!” :)