Compiling a vision statement is a phase grossly neglected by most 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 an individual 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 vision statement (i.e. rudder), 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 application 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 enhance SWOT-analysis reliability, validity and future legitimacy – it is strongly recommended to make use of a cumulative assessment process, allowing for a vision statement evolution scope – 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 path finalization).
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) to prepare their career path runway,
- ...students has weeks to prepare and
- ...adults merely days to prepare a takeoff runway...
Keep in mind that no plant will grow any faster when pulling on its leaves... and that goes for us as humans too! Therefore, fast tracking really ain't a liable and preferred option in this case.