Goal setting is an important method of deciding what you want to achieve in life and on achievement of the same it helps in increasing your self confidence. Outcome visioning is an important step of the planning phase wherein the clearer the vision the more motivation is involved adding to the productivity. In case of any ambiguity the momentum is lost over the period of time.
Where do you want to be 5 years from now? This question triggers a list of possibilities from our end which become the vision and the mission we need to achieve our goals. Having a goal acts a fuel for us to keep running in our lives to reach them. At the same, outcome visioning is the yardstick which will measure your success and how close you are to your goals.
Initially after setting of a goal the immediate of questions consist of the typical what, why, when, where and a very important” how”. We need to get a “big picture” view of the plan to answer the why. Once we are done answering these questions thereafter comes the stage of outcome visioning which involves another set of questions to be answered like what are the pros and cons, what is the best and the worst that could happen. Outcome visioning increases the enthusiasm leading to more productivity in achievement of the goal. Hence this activity needs to consider the values and the principles which will guide us in reaching this goal.
Too envisage the outcome of a plan, the things that need to be thought upon are :
One of the most common mistakes is that though we conceptualize a plan, there is no clarity about what is to be accomplished through this plan. It is said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” This emphasizes on the importance of outcome visioning along with planning.
Though it is difficult to define vision, for good leaders vision is a reality which is yet to come into existence. They believe in “If it ain’t broke you are not looking hard enough.” They are aware of the fact that there is always ample scope of improvement and that no one has ever done anything so well that it can’t be done better.
Working on a plan with a vision in mind prevents one from deviating from the goal despite various impending factors on the way. A vision has the power to lift people up in spirits and put them into a new world which is full of possibilities and opportunities.
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Typically, a vision is specific enough to provide real guidance to people, yet vague enough to encourage initiative and to remain relevant under a variety of conditions - Kotter 1990,