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What’s Your Vision for Your Work?
May 23, 2022
I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1942

“Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you,” writes psychology professor, Martin E. Seligman, bestselling author of Authentic Happiness. He describes how having a vision for work increases both the happiness of a leader and people throughout an organization. He explains that life will have more meaning because of "attachment to something larger than you."

Ann Pelo and Margie Carter, in their popular book, From Teaching to Thinkingprovide an example of a vision statement from a program called Hilltop Children’s Center:

"We want educators at Hilltop to be on fire about their work; to feel competent, excited, curious, and profoundly attentive to children. We strive to be a program in which educators move between theory and practice, with a solid understanding of the thinking underneath our teaching practices and with lively teaching practices that set each classroom alight. We commit to knowing the children intimately, and to living alongside them in ways that communicate our affection, delight, and regard."

Holly Elissa Bruno, in her bestselling book, Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You: Translating Trauma’s Harsh Legacy into Healingwrites about how she transformed painful childhood experiences into a meaningful vision for her life’s work: "To speak up for wounded children, I claimed my truest voice. My greatest vulnerability became my greatest strength…I have spoken for survivors."

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