It is important for every nurse practitioner entrepreneur out there that wants to build a fruitful, successful, and free life to know what their VISION is for their life. Most successful entrepreneurs have a vision; therefore, we should be no different. It is critically important for your professional and personal success.
Having a vision statement is something that will help keep you motivated and to live an INTENTIONAL life. What do I mean by intentional life? A live lived through design where you have purpose. Most people sadly just float through life and have no clue where they are going. That will not work if you want to build an exceptional and extraordinary life as a nurse practitioner. Don’t be like the sheep, be the wolf in your pack.
A vision statement is a short 1-2 sentence that materializes what you see your future being and as a result, should inspire you to make it happen. It should state where you aspire to go. This vision statement will help you be intentional in your life. It will help you create a life lived by design, not living by default. It will give you your MISSION to make the VISION a reality. There is a big difference between your mission and vision.
A mission statement is more objective. It outlines how you are going to meet your goals.
My mission for The Elite Nurse Practitioner is to help nurse practitioners in creating their own businesses and to give them the tools to break free. But my VISION for The Elite Nurse Practitioner is an organization that has helped thousands of nurse practitioners change the trajectory of their life in a positive way and to truly break free from the rat race.
The VISION for my life though is to live a life on my terms and to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want. Therefore, my mission is ultimately to build up as much “F.U.” money up as I can to make that a reality. And in the process, hopefully help as many people as I can do the same thing so they can change the trajectory of their lives, their families’ lives, and their communities’ lives. This would bring me immense joy and purpose.
My vision for my men’s health clinic is to help as many men regain their masculinity so they can make the world a better place. My mission is to provide affordable men’s health services that optimize health and well-being.
Hopefully you get the point here.
By creating a vision statement for your personal life and your business, you will be able to live intentionally and live a life by design. This will help you do 3 main things:
Help you create goals and the processes to meet them.
Maintain your focus as it WILL be torn in multiple directions as a nurse practitioner entrepreneur.
The last one is really important. The key to success as an entrepreneur is to maintain your focus. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were asked at the same time to describe in one word how they became so successful. At the same time, they answered “focus.”
Having a vision statement in your life will help you do just that; stay focused!
I know this might sound like a bunch of “hocus pocus” and I debated even writing about this, but I felt like a lot of aspiring nurse practitioners, and even successful ones, are just floating through life without a defined purpose. This will ultimately lead to mediocrity, and I do not want my nurse practitioner sisters and brothers to be just “mediocre!”
So, I want everyone today to come up with a vision statement. This does not need to be complicated. Just one sentence is fine. I want you to create 3 vision statements:
- Where you want to see yourself in 1 year.
- Where you want to see yourself in 5 years.
- Where you want to see yourself in 10 years.
Write down the vision you want in your life and in your business for the above 3 time frames. Post these on your wall. Put them in your wallet/purse. Make it the background on your phone. You need to see these often so you can remember them! When you begin to feel like you are drifting, your vision statement will help GROUND YOU. It will help you be intentional with what you are doing.
I find myself drifting from time to time, but then I look around at my businesses, my health, and my family and remember my vision. I will not let ANYTHING prevent me from making my vision a reality. This is why it is so important folks. It forces you to turn your dreams of the future in an actual REALITY. That is how you live an extraordinary life. Being a wage slave and hoping that your 401k will provide you a nice retirement is a fools errand.
When you create a vision for your life and your business, it will make your mission and the processes on how to achieve them clearer. It will bring clarity to your life. It will give you direction. I promise.
I will go first with my 3 vision statements:
- My vision is to raise a healthy child and build a life where I can spend as much time with it as possible within 1 year.
- My vision is to have built a life to where I can call it quits and pursue whatever it is that I want within 5 years. (I won’t quit though; I just want the OPTION)
- My vision is to have an exceptional and free life for my family and myself so we can live life on our terms and do what we want, when we want in 10 years.
These are my visions. What are yours?
Post them in the comments. Let’s share our visions with our nurse practitioner community!