The first step of creating a holistic vision is setting “quality-of-life goals for your whole family.”
“What are the things you guys care about the most? For us, it was having a strong social network, quality time for our children, maybe a couple weeks of vacation a year, and the financial ability to retire at some point,” she said, adding it’s important to include the whole family in setting those goals.
“You’re going to have different quality-of-life goals, and that’s fine. Just come up with that by brainstorming a list of the things that are most important to you.
”Next, you need to decide “what your forms of production are.”“These are the various ways you’ll make these quality-of-life goals a reality,” said Thistlethwaite.
“For us, it was having a profitable farm enterprise, having work weeks that were no more than 50 hours a week, having trained employees so we could take a couple weeks of vacation a year, and membership in various groups and church to enrich our social networks.
”The final component is the resources you need to make the goals and forms of production attainable.
“Those are things like healthy soils, plentiful water, balanced wildlife populations, a community that supports agriculture, et cetera,” she said.Once you have these three pieces in place — preferably on paper — you can use them to create a vision statement for your family and your business, she said.