One is the BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) and the other is what you do, day in and day out, month in and month out, and year in and year out.
If we search the Internet there are plenty of examples of vision vs mission statements.
In its simplest form, the vision is the highest level of what you want to do and the mission statement is how you’re going to achieve that goal.
A couple of examples:
- Cure cancer
- Eradicate X disease
- Every high school student graduates
- Help people live with cancer
- Help people live productive lives with X disease
- Provide assistance to high school students to achiever their best and graduate from high school
I think you get the drift from the examples above. The way I see it, the vision statement is something that will never be achieved, but is a laudable goal.
The mission statement is what we all do on a daily basis to try and reach that goal.
For more information and resources on putting your vision and mission statement together go HERE.