One of the first things I noticed on LinkedIn.com this morning was a short video by LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, addressing Personal Vision Statements.* Comparing them to the vision statements of companies or organizations (their “true north”), which can inspire their employees, he suggests individuals can also create such statements to guide them and define their actions.
I’ve given thought to such a thing before, but I was inspired today to nail down a definitive statement to claim as my own. This is what I got:
“To graciously, thoughtfully, and with fullest honesty live and give to others.”
Originally I extended it to include “…in such a way to give back greatest value for the life I’ve been given,” but not only did that make it too cumbersome, it’s also redundant. Giving value (purpose, reason) back is the whole point of a vision statement.
My vision statement may not read particularly specific, but it is an edited version of the following points I wanted to include.
- To give value, demonstrating good reasons for living and for other people to care about or even pay attention to me,
- …primarily by giving graciously of myself, my talents, my experience, and my concern to others.
- To be thoughtful in all things; what I say, what I do, and how I respond.
- Not just thoughtful, but honest. Honest in communication with others, but more importantly honest by being true to myself. To be real, to not hide my true self or my abilities out of fear or other unworthy reason. To conscientiously be the real me to best help other people.
Of course, coming up with such a statement is one thing. Putting it out here is another. The real test, though, is acting on it and living up to it.
*Thanks for sharing this, Richie Norton!