Defining Values, Mission, Vision, & Goals

21 12 2012

With the end of the year nearing, many of us will be revisiting that time-honored tradition of planning for the new year. As part of the planning, we need to define what we want to accomplish. In order for our plan to be complete and comprehensive, we need to start with four elements:

  1. Values
  2. Mission
  3. Vision
  4. Goals

Many people have a tough time determining what values, mission, vision, and goals really are. Everyone knows they should have them, but most of us aren’t sure what each of these elements actually is or how they differ from one another.

Let’s end the confusion today!

Values are the qualities you stand for.

Mission is how you intend to change the world around you.

Vision is how you see yourself or your business in one year, two years, five years, or even longer down the road.

Goals are the outcomes you want to achieve over the next week, month, quarter, or year.

That’s it!

Of course, you could write whole books about each of these topics, but that’s all you need to start with. Complete these four objectives, and you’ll be well on your way to making your dreams a reality.

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