Your Vision Should Be S.M.A.R.T! -the specific nature of vision

your vision must be smart- specific nature of vision

Some weeks ago in one of our church service, my pastor spoke on the topic ‘vision’ and I was particularly excited because I’d been studying on vision for some time. An hour into the service, he made a statement that redefined my understanding of vision.

YOUR VISION MUST BE SMART!

If your initial reaction to this statement was confusion, then you just mirrored my exact reaction when I first heard it. But when he explained the acronym and what each stood for, it was mind blowing.

S————————–specific

M————————-measurable

A————————–achievable

R————————–realistic

T————————–time bound

Today we will focus on the specific nature of vision. I believe our greatest challenge when it comes to the concept of vision is realizing that every vision should be specific. When I ask people what their vision in life is, I hear statements like “my vision is to be great in life”, “my vision is to be the richest man in the world”, and “my vision is to effect change in my generation”. All these sounds nice, but they are too broad to be a vision.

A vision is specific and precise in nature. We should be careful to not confuse vision for purpose. Purpose answers the questions ‘why’ and ‘what’, but vision answers the questions ‘how’, when’ and where’. For example; why was I born? –I was born to effect change in my generation (purpose). How can I effect this change in my generation? – I can effect this change as a writer/artist/doctor/lawyer/human right activist (vision). Purpose is the tree from which vision stems from; that is to say you cannot work in clear vision if you don’t know your purpose.

One of the dangers of not working with a specific vision is lack of direction.  When you say I want to effect change in my generation, you won’t know how to begin until you specify your purpose. That is to say that vision is a specified purpose. It’s only when you have specified your vision that you can be able to set goals.

So let’s evaluate our dreams, goals and visions and see if our vision is specific. If it’s not, then it’s time to make some changes and specify our vision.

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