What Does “Vision” Mean?


If you’ve read a business book, listened to an entrepreneurial podcast or attended a leadership webinar lately, chances are you’ve heard the word “Vision”.  At the same time, chances are that no one really told you what Vision actually means, or how to do it for yourself.  

So today I wanted to share with you the way I think about Vision.  When I say the word “Vision”, I mean your definition of success at a specific point in the future.  The two parts of this definition are key.  First, Vision is about your definition of success.  Not not your colleague or competitor’s definition, not your family or society’s definition.  YOURS.  This also means it’s not your former selve’s definition of success and it may not be your definition of success 10 years down the road, either.  It’s about how you define success for the next chapter of your life.

And that brings us to the second part of this definition – “at a specific point in the future”.  When I say ‘specific’ here, I mean a specific day of a specific month of a specific year.  And the idea is that you will literally get to that day, of that month, of that year, you will read your Vision out loud and it will be the reality you have created around you.  Not because of a magic pill or silver bullet, but because you were intentional and proactive about making decisions that led you there.  

That specific point in the future creates a crucial layer of context.  Success means different things to us at different times in our lives, so in order to clarify our Vision we need to know what timeframe we’re working with.  For example, you might define success for yourself very differently when you have young kids and when you’re an empty nester.  Specificity is also important because it helps us make better decisions, faster.  

My current 5 Year Vision (for June 21st, 2022), talks about becoming an organizational ninja.  I have a lot of work to do to get there, and if there was no date in my Vision, how would I be able to create an effective plan?  In order to work backwards from our Vision and create the Roadmap to get there, we’ve got to know the timeframe we’re working with.

Imagine you wanted to drive from California to Virginia, but you had no clue how long it would take to get there.  It would be really hard to plan your trip!  A 5 day road trip would look and feel very different than one that lasted a month and would change everything about your preparation, the trip itself and your arrival.

The timing of our Vision also helps guide our decision-making.  As I get closer and closer to June 1st, 2022, the healthy urgency to improve my organizational skills increases, and I make decisions accordingly.

So next time you hear the word Vision, use it as a chance to think about your definition of success at a specific point in the future.

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