Many but not all people considering politics begin with a clear idea of what they want to accomplish in elected office and what their personal goals are for entering politics. If you are one who is unsure, don’t despair. Think about your motives as you proceed through the program. Many sections will help you solidify your focus and interests.
What you want to accomplish becomes your vision for the future. A vision is simply a well-defined statement or description of the future where you have achieved your goals. It is imagining what it looks like when you are successful in your political life. It must be realistic and easy to understand because this is the basis of the messages you will be sharing with voters. (More on that in Section 5.)
Your vision is intimately connected to your personal beliefs and value system. You might try completing this sentence:
I will be successful in politics when….
Whether you have a vision now or not, it’s important to understand how personal goals and vision influence your political path. It happens in two ways:
Level of government
Your vision or what you want to accomplish can guide you in choosing the level of politics where you will have the greatest chance to fulfill your goals (More on this in Section 3).
And, as a seasoned political reporter said, “It’s difficult to be a maverick within a party.” Choose the party that aligns best with your beliefs, values, personal goals and vision.
Sections 2 and 3 will address this issue of personal involvement more in depth.