Harvard professor Michael Porter says:
The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
A few useful guidelines:
- Pick a date, 2-3 years from now.
- Use present tense language.
- Zero in on 3-5 of the most important areas for you.
- Frame the vision around your why.
- Capture as much detail (conversation, sights, smells) as you can.
In writing, a vision may start something like this:
It’s three years from today, on the morning of March 13th. I climb out of bed at 5:30 a.m., put on my running shoes, and start walking down the stairs. A smile comes to my face as I step outside the house and smell humid air and morning dew on the plants…
Dwight Eisenhower said:
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.
- How to Create a Vivid Vision, with Cameron Herold (episode 345)
- Fly the Plane (Dave’s Journal)