In my work as an executive coach, I often work with leaders around their visions – their visions for their companies, their teams, even themselves. However, in the stress and striving over the years, sometimes that vision can seem awfully far away.
Here’s a process you can use to rediscover to your long term vision and connect it to your reality today. I call it “taking snapshots,” because the process is akin to taking in a panoramic view and then snapping a photo to take with you as a reminder.
- Remind yourself of the long-term vision you want for your life and leadership in the future.
- Zoom in on the near-term vision of your life today.
- Ask yourself, how does what I’m doing today connect to the overall picture of my vision?
You can even take this one step further. Ask yourself a handful of questions as a follow-up.
- Where am I now with respect to my long term vision?
- How will things be different then – when I reach this vision?
- When I do finally reach my vision, how will I know? What will be the indicators that I’ve arrived where I wanted to be?
In the same way you can snap a photograph to get a concrete reminder of something you’ve seen, by writing these answers down you can have a concrete reminder of your vision. This is your “snapshot” of your vision.
There’s a FREE Worksheet on my website that you can use to organize your thoughts. You’ll find it at www.TheInnerEdge.com – click on Worksheets and Audios (on the left) – and scroll down to the Worksheet called The Snapshot.