The new year has begun. People have already started planning. One thing that happens usually around this period of the year is the confusion between the four above.
I. Although it might seem as a common error, the confusion between abstract and general and between concrete and specific can create important misleading in setting goals. My mission in this article is to help you understand and formulate the proper language for formulating goals. [abstract and general]
II. To accomplish this goal, I use four examples, thus in formulating the inferential message, you will masterfully develop the skill to notice the precise structure of language so that you will be careful at the differences between these notions in the future. [abstract and specific]
III. The plan which someone would use to share such an information would be, layed down like this:
1. Create a clear representation of what you want to communicate / accomplish.
2. Upload a clear picture of the concept. Creat conceptual separation. There are X categories. These are… (A, B, C and D, etc.)
3. Share your structure of thought with other specialists: “What do you think about this?”
4. Present a message illustration for each of the categories, giving example. Thus, you will not only write about the concept, you will also embed a demonstration for the concept in the structure of its presentation.
5. Share the link for the article created.
6. Return to the article after a few years and improve it, like I did in the following paragraph. [concrete and specific]
I have read a lot of books, I’ve been to a lot of trainings and I can tell you from my experience, I ‘ve seen, met and talked to a lot of well-intentioned people about planning, goals, mission, vision. These people didn’t have the quite right structure in their heads. Therefore, in my opinion, they were making confusions. But if you pay closer attention to what the terms mean, how they are used and what is their etimology, you end with this conclusion. If you have any doubts about what I am asserting, just ask yourself this question, for example: “if this vision would be abstract, how would it be formulated?” and you will clearly see that, in this example, the vision is something more about how he do things, not about what we do, therefore, it is something concrete. Even Wikipedia [en, wiki] says that vision is clearer than a dream and it has lesser interpretations. Why? Because it is more concrete. In exchange, the mission can take a lot of forms.
The truth is… any concept can be represented as long as you have a structure for it.
The brain recognizes structure. You can understand a very advanced concept without a metaphor if someone presents it properly. I believe in demonstrating how structure works.
Just because you can’t touch it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist… It just means nobody has yet presented it to you in the right structure of content, concerptualising its structure.
IV. My vision is that after you read this article you will have a precise image of what is the difference between mission, vision, goals and plans. [concrete and general]
In a nutshell:
MISSION (The “Why?”) = abstract + general
VISION (The “How?”) = concrete + general
GOALS (The “What?”) = abstract + specific
PLANS (The “How exactly?”) = concrete + specific.
I wish you all a very practical year! May your vision deliver the right plans in attaining the goals of your mission!