The vision you have for your business is specific for you and your business. Your vision, is your core values and common ideals, along with what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by. It is only after you have a clear vision, that you can start to set out specific action steps to make it your reality.
So how can you effectively document your vision?
How to create your vision
Ideally you’ll want this to become your vision statement, so you need the end result to be short and succinct – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a longer version just for you! So start by asking yourself the following:
- Where are you headed and what does it look like? In other words, what do you want to achieve – regardless of skills and money?
- Why is this important to you?
- What values are important to you?
- Who do you want to work with? (your niche)
- What timescale do you see this happening in?
Once you have a vision statement, you can start planning. The individual goals, both for you and your team, should all tie back to your overall vision. Your goals should break down your vision into manageable tasks and goals.
How to share your vision with your Virtual Assistant
The key to sharing your vision with others is to keep it simple. You want to give them an overview of what you want to achieve, in a simple and effective statement. You want that vision to be obvious in everything you share – from your communication through to your social media postings.
You also need to share your vision with your team especially your Virtual Assistant. They are the people who will be helping you reach that end goal, so you’ll want to ensure they know what that end goal is! The key here is to ensure they know:
- The part they play in your vision
- Why it is important to you both
- How they’re making a difference in the grand scheme of things
- How their tasks and objectives tie back to your vision
Finally, remember to believe in yourself and your vision. You must lead by example and be actively working towards your vision plan. It’s also important however, that you share your vision with others. Don’t wait until you have all the answers and goals mapped out in the minutest detail – share it with others and get their input, feedback and advice. Once they know what you want to achieve and how they can potentially help you reach that as a team, they’ll be more invested in the overall success of your business – and will strive to help you reach that end result, together.
Have you created a vision for your business? If not, what’s currently stopping you – is it the process or the thought of getting clear enough on it to put it down on paper? Why not work your way through the steps in this article and share how you got on, in the comments box below?
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