Vision vs. Mission: Why You Need Both

My Plan

We see mission, and we tend to think about companies and business, not ourselves. And vision we save for the special, unique geniuses, but never ourselves. But I think it is essential that we personally have visions and missions for ourselves in order to be successful.

What is Vision?

Your vision is your place of passion, it is what inspires you, what you dream about every day and night. It is what you can see yourself doing or being. The vision is something that you want to become a reality.

What is  Mission?

The mission is the goals itself. It is taking the vision and making it an action plan and a reality. It is how you define your decision making process and is what you follow to make the vision come true. Your mission is what you constantly strive to be.

How Do You Figure The Out?

For a vision, it’s pretty easy: think big. Go beyond your wildest dreams and what is the incredible thing you want to accomplish.

The mission is the harder part, and you need to know your vision before you can make your mission. Your mission is like a creed that you follow no matter what. It is your guide, your map through your vision. Think about some companies and businesses and their mission statements. It’s not necessarily what you do, but how you do it. For example, Starbucks mission is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time” and it doesn’t say “we sell coffee”. Their mission is not what they do but how they do it and what the big picture accomplishment is. Yours should be similar in that sense.

What Are The Perks of Having Vision and Mission?

You will be more focused and goal-oriented when you have your vision and mission identified. You know what to do and how you want it done, all that is left is to do it! And in moments where you start to feel lost or misguided, you can go back to it and reflect and get back on track.



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