With your mission statement created, it is now time to move onto the vision statement. Again, people think that vision statements are only for businesses and corporations. This is not true. The mission statement is letting people and organizations know where you are. The vision statement is letting people, organizations, and more importantly yourself know where you are going. Vision statements are forward thinking and help create a goal for yourself that you would like to achieve. Your vision statement changes over time once the set goal is achieved. Your vision statement should also be a goal that uses your current mission statement as a way to achieve it. One of my favorite vision statements is for the Central Intelligence Agency and is as follows: “One Agency. One Community. An Agency unmatched in its core capabilities, functioning as one team, fully integrated into the Intelligence Community.” Their mission statement is “We are the nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go. We carry out our mission by: collecting information that reveals the plans, intentions, and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the basis for decision and action; producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decision makers charged with protecting and advancing America’s interests; conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve US policy objectives.” In reading this, you know who they are, what they stand for and what they want to achieve. They are announcing their role in the Intelligence Community and how their current mission is going to get them to achieve their goal. What does your vision statement say about you?
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