How to Find and Attain Your Vision

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Vision Goals and Planning

A vision is a broad picture of what future success looks like to you. It is the cornerstone to your path and a guide for your journey both personally and professionally. Vision Statements are the map by which you traverse the universe of life.

Goals are the steps required to achieve your vision. They break down your vision into SMART pieces that guide your spaceship's maneuvers through space.

Planning is the means by which you achieve your goals. A well built plan breaks down your goals into manageable slices. They are the key to building a sturdy spaceship.

Vision

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -Woodrow Wilson

Visions are massive pictures of what future success looks like to you your team and your company. Each new endeavor should have a vision statement which will provide a waypoint to achieve. A vision is liable to change with new information as it becomes available.

Smart Goals


Specific: Each goal must be specific to the portion of your vision it will help you too accomplish.
Measurable: It has to be measured to some standard and serve the overarching vision.
Attainable: The goal must be attainable within given constraints (time, budget, legality, policy etc...)
Relevant: A SMART Goal must be relevant to your vision helping to steer your ship
Timely: What is the time it will take to achieve the goal it identifies and how does this fit in to the overall timeline of your vision?

Planning Your Goals

Each Goal must have a plan of attack. This plan allows you to break down the vision even further manageable slices. The plan clearly outlines accountability, timetable, and achievable steps through the following Questions.
What? What needs to be accomplished to reach the Goal?
How? How will the Whats" be accomplished?
When? When will the Goal be completed? Outline any critical waypoints on a timeline.
Who? Who is held accountable for the success of each piece and the goal? Who needs to be brought in to consult or provide resources to reach said goal?

Summary

A vision is only a roadmap, you will have obstacles pop up that will either alter your vision, goals, and plan, or force you to re-evaluate and start from scratch. Adaptability is a highly marketable skill especially in the Aerospace Industry. After hearing this one might ask:
Well if it will change that drastically why write one to begin with? A rocket without thrust vector control will not fly or land on its targeted path. Even if the rocket changes or even the target it needs a guidance system. Write a vision as your target, build a rocket to land on that target, make a plan that gives you thrust vectoring control to land it on time, and on target.

I don't know what I want to do so it would be pointless to write a vision right? Wrong. A Chinese proverb says that "A thousand miles begins with one step." The first step is identify key parts that make you who you are and who you will become. Write a vision that lifts up your current skills, breaks down bad habits, and that builds new skills.

Point of Contact

Matthew Buhler
matthew.buhler@ire.minnstate.edu