You’ve been told about the importance of “vision”. Friends, family, counselors, and most everyone you’ve encountered has been helpful enough to enlighten you about the importance of a “vision”.

What they don’t tell you is how to create a vision and characteristics a vision needs.

Following are the six characteristics that make your personal and professional vision effective.
Your Vision has to be conceivable.
It has to convey a clear picture of how you want your goal, once achieved, to look. Write it down as you would describe a painting to someone who could only read about it. Add all the detail you can think of. It doesn’t have to be perfect right out of the gate. Keep updating it as often and necessary to capture everything, all the details, the nuances.

Your Vision has to be desirable.
It has to represent your desires, goals, and future. Not someone else’s that you think you have to have because they say so. Your vision has to be “backed” by your emotions. The feeling has to be such that you have to go for it because you can’t not.

Your Vision has to be achievable.
It has to be built on realistic, believable goals. Stretching yourself is good but if you have set a goal so far out of your reach that you know positively that you can’t achieve it, you never will. If you’ve never made more than $150,000 a year then setting a goal of $1,000,000 a year might not be the best goal. However, setting the goal of $250,000 might be a stretch but within your psychological belief to achieve it.

Your Vision has to be focused.
It has to be clear enough to provide guidance in your decision-making process. Use your vision to determine the tasks you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals.

Your Vision has to be flexible.
It has to allow for creativity and should allow for alternatives given changes in your situation. Life happens. If you have a vision of building downtown, but your grandmother has left you her house, you might want to revise your vision to incorporate your grandmother’s house and remove the downtown building.

Your Vision has to have a voice.
You’ve got to be able to communicate your vision concisely in five minutes or less. We tend to achieve those things that we talk about often. You’ll want to share your vision. Talk about it often. However, you’ll want to be particular about who you share your vision with; you will want to only share it with those who will support you in achieving it.