Benjamin Franklin PrepareTaken to its simplest components, strategic planning has four parts. These are your vision, mission, and values, secondly, your priorities and a strategy. Next are specific goals and objectives, and finally your outline of tasks for achievement. From here you are in a position to develop tactics, and action items for implementation, before putting them into action. The planning elements provide a foundation for focus and efficiency that will you lead to the new, brighter and more compelling future you have envisioned.

The easiest way to think about vision, mission, and accompanying values is that your vision is for the future, your mission is for the present, and values steer and support you. Your vision describes a future identity, and your mission describes why it will be achieved. What happens to you is not determined by your luck, but by your choices as you identify these, and seek to manifest them.

Your vision of who, or what you want to be, is a clear image of your future and should inspire and excite you. Your vision should have the power to drive you forward and spur you into action. Your vision is also what will come through for you, when you are faced with tasks of execution and implementation and will help you to complete them.

An image of your realized vision should stir something inside you, and move you emotionally, because realizing it is so meaningful and significant that it makes you want to act. You can think of your vision as a dream for your future, and one that is different from the present, but can be achieved and is credible. It should inspire and stimulate you.  If your vision doesn’t rouse passion within you and drive you higher, it might not be the right vision for you.

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