In a previous blog post, we looked at developing a vision based on core values. Core values should reflect deeply held beliefs and views, because a vision for life that does not reflect core values will come into conflict with reality. A person that does not hold helping others as a core value will be unlikely to become an EMT, for example.
Vision comes into focus once core values are established. Essentially, vision is asking, “If you could meet yourself in five years, who would you want to meet?” The idea is to meet the best possible version of yourself.
Within that vision, there will be smaller, foundation goals that build up to the vision, as illustrated in the previous blog post. The vision of being a pastor was supported by the identified goal of “going to college,” since becoming a pastor requires some formal training and college education.
This requires breaking down goals into even smaller parts. Going to college is the goal, but this goal might require some financial aid and budgeting. “Apply for financial aid” or “save $1,000 per month” might be goals that fit within the vision as well.
Micro and Macro.
In a computer program, there are micro-processes that have to happen in order for a macro-processes to happen. A piece of software will not operate if the computer does not have enough storage, and the computer will not boot up if the main cooling fan does not operate.
There is a similar scenario with the relationship between core values, vision, and goals. The vision has to operate within core values, and goals have to operate within the vision. The micro-processes must function and work in tandem for the macro-process to function.