The idea of developing a personal vision for ourselves is a relatively recent luxury. Self-help books emerged in the 1950s and have been prolific ever since. Their birth coincided with the arrival of increased leisure time allowing people to ponder their lot – particularly those who experienced the death and deprivation of two world wars. This fashion for ‘vision’ has also been taken up by the corporate world – so if they are spending time and money on this important aspect of development then so should we.

During the 1950s, people began to ask ‘What is it all about?’ and ‘Where am I in all this?’ Then came questions such as ‘What do I want?’ ...

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