I'd just like to tell you that you are not the only one with the problem of not having an auto-rewarding vision. I have that problem too.
Rather than using words to capture my vision, I try to recall a vague mental-kineasthetic feeling of it. To do this, I try to capture the moments in my life where I feel extremely motivated. Not surprisingly, this converges to a few situations.
One of them is whenever I see new or creative ways of doing something, I automatically get an emotional boost; my focus, if it has been swayed by something else before, gets affixed on the problem I'm trying to solve with the new ways I've just discovered/perceived. It's like my mind gets to wear a figurative correcting lense at such instances. I become optimistic and adopt a we-can-do-it-if-we-try philosophy to life when such instances arise.
The difficulty with this approach is its subjectivity; since you cannot convey it through words, other people cannot objectively know of your vision. To counter this I would simply try to create an accurate description of the mental state I experience. That's the most I can do.
I actually have a theory for why this phenomenon occurs. Some people have a natural tendency to make decisions based on their own most important values (like Steve). For such an individual, he is neurologically rewarded simply by abiding to the aforementioned tendency.
Other people do not have this tendency. It's also important to consider that the tendency is stronger in some people than in others. So we have two variables, presence and strength.
One of the ways to determine this tendency is to take the MBTI personality test. The tendency is strongest in FPs. You may have the tendency if you are a TJ as well, though to a lesser extent than FPs.
For example, according to a website about the personality type of famous people, Steve is labelled an ESFP. It is therefore not surprising that he would gain emotional boosts from reading his vision statement. However, caution must be taken with this interpretation, as we do not know whether Steve really is an ESFP or that people who observed him typed him as an ESFP. Sometimes we twist the facts to suit the theory, when we should be twisting the theory to suit the facts.
Note that I happen to be one of the types that is least likely to have this tendency.
If anyone wishes for me to clarify more on this typing thing, please ask. Hope this helps.
Last edited by Rimuel; 12-04-2011 at 02:54 PM.