Compiling a vision statement is a phase grossly neglected by many people when deciding on and selecting a future career and professional path. Most people regard formulating a vision statement as a "spontaneous combustion" occurrence. Something that will miraculously materialize and mysteriously bubble to the surface without any apparent source of ignition.
A vision statement doesn't suddenly decent from the sky, materialize out of thin air and it simply isn't possible to establish a directional vision statement without 'setting-yourself-on-fire' first. Going through the daily motions - hoping that time will reveal all - just don't cut it any longer.
Compiling a vision statement is a deliberate and mindful ongoing action, that requires continuous refinement, tweaking and adaption that is consistently calibrated with personal development and growth. Allowing a person to productively accommodate modern work place needs, requirements, changes and curb the destructive impact of future shock effectively.
A vision statement is for our career and professional path, like the rudder of a ship at sea. Without it, a ship drifts aimlessly, helplessly and incapacitated at sea. Powerless to navigate the stormy seas of uncertainty and confusion, winds of change and the many waves of challenge. Without a guiding (rudder) vision statement, any future career and professional path, is reduced to a daily survival existence that inevitably leads to... just-go-where-the-money-is, while secretly praying and hoping for a lucky break of a self-actualizing lottery.
Vision Statement key steps...
Without an authentic SWOT-analysis to source from, compiling a vision statement merely is of academic-theoretical significance, with very little practical deployment value. Although a SWOT-analysis can be reliably done as a once off assessment, we have to take into account that its validity is primarily confined to the present, with a limited predictions legitimacy for the future.
Therefore - to boost SWOT-analysis reliability, validity and future legitimacy - it is strongly recommended to make use of a cumulative assessment process, allowing for vision statement evolution spanning - approximately - a four to six year time period.
Vision statement evolution contextualized...
- Archetype assessment and initiating habitat exploration (Normally Grade 7 or 8 ⇒ secondary school choice).
- Habitat assessment, monitoring archetype and initiating self-/career knowledge integration (Normally Grade 9 or 10 ⇒ subject choice).
- Archetype & habitat integration and archetype & habitat monitoring (Normally Grade 11 or 12 ⇒ career/professional choice).
A reliable SWOT-analysis - cumulatively done - serve as the launching pad to collect, process, digest and integrate self- and career knowledge.
Once integrated, self- and career knowledge must be calibrated to tweak and fine tune a directive career & professional path vision statement to establish a balanced symbiosis between archetype (i.e. personality & temperament) and habitat (i.e. interest and competency) that will allow for a harmonious modern workplace fit, ensuring ongoing personal development and growth (i.e. self-actualization).
Self- and career knowledge calibration identify and highlight specific principles that can be used for selecting job opportunities to be included and excluded in a future career and professional quest, using the ACIP technique to do so.
A reliable, accountable and responsible job demarcation map serve as the foundation for compiling both a mission (Phase 2) and a legacy (Phase 3) statement to productively managed and steer - with a vision statement rudder - a future career and professional path for development and growth.
- ...learners has years (when in grade 7) or months (when in grade 12),
- ...students has weeks and
- ...adults merely days...
Keep in mind that no plant will grow any faster when pulling on its leaves... and that goes for humans too! Therefore, fast tracking really ain't a liable and preferred option in this case.