As she shares her experience, Ana Gloria Angel highlights the importance of having a vision and a mission, two key factors needed in order to achieve any goal.

Since I was little, my father, who I admire, taught me to dream and to choose what I wanted to be when I grew up. However, because of my love of sports, I thought more about that than what I really wanted to become, until the moment that I had to begin my story. The story began when I chose what I wanted to study.

Trusting my instincts, I chose what I really liked, Economics and Business. It took me a week to reach my decision. Good thing I chose well and I don’t regret choosing my majors! During one of the most engaging and thought-provoking classes, I came across a question asked by one of my teachers: What is your vision?

Now I knew the answer was not to be found in just one week of searching, because the word “vision” now came accompanied by the word “mission.” It was then when I knew the difference and the importance of that precise moment. It was a time to set a goal and pave my path.

That is the nature of a vision, knowing where you want to go and how much you are willing to sacrifice; the mission, on the other hand, is knowing what to do to achieve that. I want to invite you all who are reading this blog, to keep in mind certain tips when establishing your vision and mission in life:

-Your vision is not the same as anyone else’s, and if it is, reevaluate.
-It takes courage to choose a vision and the first step is to write it down.
-Choose YOUR own path when writing your vision.
-Do you think your vision is too big? Then you are doing great!
-Will you establish your vision and mission at the same time? No! There have been some cases but a good vision and mission takes time.
-If you do not know how to establish a vision, ask for help. Look for a mentor or someone who can guide you and help you take your first step.
-It is never too late to make your vision and mission.

I am sure that most of the mentors also have their vision and mission in life. Even though you may not think of it, you are part of their journey and vision. Taking that into account, apply what you’ve learned from your mentors and then pass on the knowledge to those who might need it. I dare to say that in your vision and mission, you will offer someone a helping hand, as others before you have done.

Being a mentor is having a clear vision and mission of life!