Does your Personal Vision match your Business Vision?
We have all seen mission statements and vision statements for businesses, but have you ever stopped to check if it is in keeping with your personal vision?
Whether you are working for a company or working for yourself, have you ever taken a good look at the purpose or goals of your company? Are they in keeping with yours? Do you find any ethical faults with the direction of your company and have you ever really taken a look at your life and thought what is my purpose? What am I aiming for, where do I want to be?
Working for the man or woman as the case maybe!
If you work for a small business or company then it is really important for both you and the business that your purposes are not at odds with each other.
I was working for a large corporate company as they went through a complete transformation project and it was very unsettling for many people. The CEO gathered staff from across the country to introduce the plan and he was very clear that for some people this was not going to be a direction they could or would want to follow and that was ok, but if they were staying, they needed to “get on the bus of change” otherwise they needed to get off the bus, (as sad as it was to see them go) as much for their own sanity as for the business.
It makes sense, if you can’t support the company you are working for, then it’s not good for you and it’s not good for them.
Running your own business
If you own your own company or are self-employed then you may well have a vision or mission statement, if you don’t then you really should. More importantly, you should be infinitely aware of your own mission.
The two are inextricably entwined, if your own purpose is fuzzy then expect your business results to follow suit. You don’t want to fall off the mountain when you are almost at the pinnacle because you took the wrong turn!
It is even more important when you are running your own business to be acutely aware of your personal vision, if you want to take off and learn how to belly dance in Turkey for four months and your business vision is to increase your client load by 30 you will need to resource your business differently than if your personal goal is to learn how to become a fabulous networker.
It is not important what your visions are or if they are “Big Hairy Arsed Goals” as my WE Mastermind mentors Natalie Sisson and Natalie MacNeil love to call them, in fact I would encourage you to take this route. The sky is the limit because as Henry Ford famously said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right,” so I say dream big, have faith in your ability and take every opportunity that comes your way.
Knowing what the end game is makes ever decision until you get there easy!
So take a moment, take an hour or as long as it takes and think about what it is that you want, where you want to be in 12 months, 2 years, 5 years. How will it feel, what will it look like, who will be with you, where will you be? Give it all the detail you need to see it in your minds eye, paint the picture. Now check with your business vision, are they compatible? Can you work with it if you’re an employee or can you resource it if you are a business owner?
I would love if you would share your personal visions with me in the comments, the main focus of mine is to work from anywhere in the world and stay tuned because all the planets are aligning!
Oh and don’t forget to check out Business, Business, Business the new digital book for business people, by business people! Chapter 3 is especially fabulous…I wrote it and it’s all about having a personal and business vision. You’ll see the link in the sidebar to the right.