Surely, many of us have heard of the terms 'Vision Statement' and 'Mission Statement' before. Fact of the matter, some of us may have set a very good vision for ourselves, but are clueless on the mission. And vise-verse, some of us may have a very good mission, but have no idea on the vision.
If we were serious in our vision of becoming a doctor, then our MISSION would logically be to get a Degree in Medicine, right? And that mission can be further refined into what subjects in school that we must really score, what references do we need to deepen our knowledge and what priorities that we must abate to; but as I mentioned earlier, that's a whole new chapter altogether.
And my personal experience - I did my Degree in IT in the late 1990s. This was during the booming of the IT age, the millennium age and the dotcom age. Everyone everywhere seemed very hyped-up about it. So, I jumped onto the bandwagon as well. While I was in the university, this hyped-up environment died down. When I eventually graduated in IT and started looking for a job, I was very sad to realize that knowledge in IT has become only as 'added advantage' and not the core skill required for many jobs. Admittedly, my grade were not that good anyway (but a degree none the less). So, that limited vacancies in IT has been taken up by those with better grades. And I had to go around with an 'added advantage' in hand without a core skill. So, I took up any job I can. It took me a few years to realize that I need to revise my vision. I decided to do my Master Degree in Business Administration and only then, I see myself moving ahead in my career. Vision and Mission Statement revised!
When we talk about Vision and Mission Statement, it does not always have to be a long term, complicated goals. It can also be for a short term, simple goals.
Our Vision Statement can simply be "I want to go on a good vacation" - that's the goal. And our Mission Statement can be "I want to go on a good vacation by end of this year with the cheapest travelling cost, having loads of activities and a lot of historical values" or however you want to define 'a good vacation' as.
Hope that helps.
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