Every successful business has a vision and mission as a guiding force. For you to have a life filled with meaning, purpose and excitement, you too must spend time developing the vision and mission for your life. A vision sets you apart as a leader. It gives you the motivation to move forward in the direction of your dreams. It also provides you with the passion to pursue the things you want in life and conquer your fears and doubts. It's best to do this exercise alone, so that you can think about what you want from life, rather than what you think others want you to do. Here are some guidelines to get going: Create the picture Project yourself into the future - your 90th birthday party. You are celebrating this milestone. Who will be there? Family, friends, associates, who else? Picture each one paying tribute to you. What will each of them be saying about you, your character, the achievements you've made during your life? Write down the responses that come to mind and write them in the present tense, for example: Several media representatives are present - I am well known for my contribution towards preserving the environment. They comment on my courage and integrity in various environmental campaigns. My tennis coach stands, he speaks of my determination to master the game. Develop a mission statement Write down what you want your life to be about. It may be as brief as: To believe in myself, grow and develop, doing what needs to be done not merely that which is convenient. It should capture the essence of the person you want to be. You may need to draft several until you're satisfied, and you may want to change it again at later stages in your life. List your goals The above exercises should give you an idea of the contributions and achievements you want to make. List them and write an idea of a deadline for their achievement. For example: achieved my degree in music by age 22; have my own home by age 25; have travelled overseas by age 27. Ensure that you pay attention to each area of your life: Financial-career, mental-educational, physical-health, spiritual-ethical, family-home, social-cultural. It is possible that not all areas of life have the same meaning to you, but it is important to pay attention to them all for your life to run smoothly. You may, for instance, be keen to achieve high results in the financial-career area of life, but if your family-home has been completely ignored, you may find yourself financially wealthy, but disappointed and alone. Keep notes handy so that you can refer to them often, and take the necessary action to achieve the happiness in your life that you desire.