The Power of a Personal Vision Statement

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Dr. Richard Clark

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the day to day busyness of life? We are often so focused on doing the next thing on the list that we lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place. Spending some time creating a personal vision statement on how we will spend our energy. I took some time this week to reflect on my personal vision statement and realized I really didn’t have one, at least, it wasn’t written down. So I took a shot at writing one. Mine is below, I encourage you to take some time to write one as well. It will help you set priorities and keep your efforts on track.

“In my daily life, my behaviors will be based on my values. I will take a strong stand for what I believe while remaining open to discovery and learning. While I am at work, I will commit myself to helping my co- workers, 4-H members, students, and myself grow and improve our skills so that we will be more effective at work and in the world. I will treat everyone I encounter with respect, dignity, and kindness. In my personal life, I will enjoy giving generously of my time, resources, and energy to my wife and children as well as my friends. I commit to taking care of my- self physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Lastly, I will be grateful for all I have been given. Sharing those gifts with others is a privilege and responsibility.”