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Creating Your Perfect Vision Statement

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Creating Your Perfect Vision Statement

In continuing the theme of developing and exploring a value statement, with your permission, a story about my own exploration may offer some inspiration. I was working through my own value statement with a coach (yes, I have a coach that helps me think through my own processes!) My ultimate goal is to set up a vision for the future based on the values that I have. What we were doing was looking at each word in the statement to work out how it fit into how I wanted to live and work.
The first part of the statement is, “Free to serve, grow and laugh”. Part of my life structure is enjoying the serving of people. I enjoy learning what they desire and need and then helping them obtain it. I get jollies out of seeing them take steps to obtain the goals they have set for themselves and the satisfaction they receive in doing so. So service is something big to me. The next word in the sentence is growth. The reason I enjoy serving is it provides the opportunity for others to grow and as they grow, I am learning from them and growing as well. That is a win-win for both of us.
As I was walking through this mentally, the theme of the old classic song “Is that all there is?” popped out. When we accomplish something, and there is no more to do, growth can stop in that area. There is usually a letdown after some major accomplishment. If we don’t have some other area to grow in we can become mental and physical couch potatoes. On the other hand, when we make mistakes, the mistakes give us the opportunity to continue to grow, as long as we persist. So, in my thinking process, serve and grow brought meaning to the word “Free.” Serving people as they grow gives us both the freedom and security to grow personally even through mistakes and still bring benefit to each other. Now, if you add laughter to the whole deal, what some might call “Joy”, I would be living out the first part of my value statement. Such a deal!! I am sure you have already thought of that but for me, that was a good use of my thought and it’s laying a foundation for the vision that I want to generate.
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Action Time.

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Having taken the time to create a value statement and writing out some scenarios where you see your values and skills at work, what are some of the emotions that you experienced? Do these activities provide an energy high or was it a drainer?   What are the drainers? Work through generating some of these ideas and you will be one step closer to designing a vision statement for the days ahead. I would look forward to hearing what your progress is.

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Creating a Vision for Your Future that Delivers Joy


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Creating a Vision for Your Future that Delivers Joy

Through the month of January, we looked at values and coming up with a Value Statement. Whether we realize it or not, we usually feel most fulfilled when we live within our personal values. Often while I do something foolish or out of character and then generate a sense of guilt or shame, it usually is because I have stepped outside of the things I value most. Taking the time to focus on the values we feel important, writing them down and keeping them in front of us helps keep us on our personal track and doing the things that offer the greatest sense of fulfillment and what I will call “Joy.”
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I would offer to you that these values live inside our mental state and, when focused on, will motivate us to those actions that fulfill our own lives and hopefully the lives of others.
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So, this month, I would have you begin to consider the actions that flow from your values that give you purpose. I mentioned the Value Statement that I carry for myself: “Free to serve, grow and laugh through trust, integrity and zest, all for the glory of God.”   In looking at my statement, the first four value concepts are verbs, words of action: free, grow, serve and laugh. The last three are nouns: trust integrity and zest.  The last carries purpose. What verbs are in your Value Statement, what are the nouns and what is the purpose?

Action Time.

Let’s take some time to briefly experience your Value Statement at work to help in the next step, developing vision for the future. If your value or vision statement has verbs in it, take some time to look back over some of the most fond memories and events you have experienced. These may have occurred through pure chance or they may have been planned. It may have been a time when events caused your mental light to come on (some would call that an epiphany!) or you just did something out of pure intuition, it turned out well and you experienced a great sense of satisfaction. Write a few paragraphs about the event, the things you did in the process and the results. In this journaling, write down some of the emotions you felt. Now consider the process through the lens of your Value statement. How did they line up? What was the thought or action process that brought you into and out of this event? Was your focus such that all the events around you were blocked out and you were in the pure flow of it? As you write down a few of these events and consider them, are there any common elements that were part of these experiences? If so, what are they? I would look forward to hearing from you understanding what you developed. We are making some good progress.
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Achieve Your Goals by Aligning Yourself with Your Core Values

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Achieve Your Goals by Aligning Yourself with Your Core Values

We have made some good progress over the last few weeks. We have reviewed and set some goals for the year, considered and prioritized the values that are important to us and worked through a Value Statement. The next step I would have you consider is what is called the “Wheel of Life.” What I would have you do is draw a number of concentric circles. (Concentric means circles with the same center.) Now, in the very smallest circle, which of your purposes represents the core of who you are, write in your Value Statement. Now, divide the main picture into 8 pie shaped pieces, leaving the central circle alone. For each of the pieces of the pie, consider them as aspects of your life. Here are names for the pieces: Career/Business; Family and Friends; Finances; Romance/Intimacy;Health;Social/Fun; Personal Spiritual; Physical. Having done so, if each of the smaller circles represents a value, say from 1 to 10, where would you be in each of these areas of your life, based on what you feel your current position is? Shade in the various areas, from the central circle to your current personal ranking to give you a visual representation of where you find yourself now. You have established your personal Wheel of Life.

Action Time.

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Seeing your own personal scoring in each of these sections, how does your scoring line up with your goals for the year? Based on your Value Statement, what would it take to step up any one piece of the pie one or two more levels toward a 10? Based on your Value Statement, which one needs the most attention and is one you are willing to and will commit to taking the time to focus on? What steps will you commit to get to the next level and in what time frame? Put down some ideas for where you want to focus, set some time limits and share the process with someone close to you. Review often then rate yourself in 3 months to see how you are doing? I would look forward to hearing about your Wheel of Life and the steps you are going to take to better your position. I would be honored to coach you through the process and keep you accountable to yourself in this rewarding and purpose driven process.
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Create Your Personal Vision Statement

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How to Create Your Vision Statement

Last week, we went through a process of figuring out and prioritizing your values. May not be perfect but it is well within the ball park and a reasonable starting point. Agreed?
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Next step is to come up with a “Value Statement” that is unique to you which incorporates the values that are most important you. So take the values and come up with a short, concise statement that really rings your bell loud and clear. Only put down the values and their uses that you can’t live without. Try and make the statement as concise as possible. Often, the shorter it is, the easier it is to remember and the more powerful it is in your life.
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Here is what I came up with for myself.
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The values I determined that were most important to me are Independence/Freedom, Service/Trust, Honest/Integrity, Accomplishment/Production/Zest, Growth, Humor, and Adventure. My value statement in its current form is: Free to serve, grow & laugh through trust, integrity and zest, all for the glory of God. I am trying to hone it down further but each of those values are things I personally find important and want to use in various parts of my life. So, I would challenge you to have some fun with it. Wrestle with it until it is as sharp and meaningful as you can get then live by it. That is the challenging part!

Action Time.

Developing a “Value Statement” can be one of the central parts of a person’s life or the life of a business. If taken to heart, it can keep us on our personal track when making decisions and reviewing actions that we have taken. When you have come up with your own personal “Vision Statement,” you can choose to share it with others or keep it very personal. Steven Covey, a professional who was very respected during his lifetime, had a Value Statement that was very personal and he chose not to share it with the general public. Others are more willing to do so and ask their friends to hold them accountable to this statement of their closely held values. I would look forward to hearing about your processes and what you come up with. By the way, this is part of the process I would use in helping people work through their career and college planning. If you would like some help and encouragement in working through the process, I would look forward to being your coach!

 

 

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What Matters Most: Discovering your Core Values

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Getting to the CORE of your VALUES: Discovering your Core Values

Last week I mentioned some personal goals for the year. Over the next few weeks I would like you to consider a process that many have found beneficial in structuring lives, purpose and goals. So, with your permission, we’ll start the process. Here we go. While writing this blog, I have written about values a few times. So here is the exercise.
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Google the phrase “Personal values List.” You will find numerous sites listing values. One of the sites offers some 418 personal values. One site, www.akpsi.org, has a more generic list with some 60+ values. So here is what I would suggest, take the list that rings your bell and write each one down on a 3×5 card. I would choose the one with 60 as I am somewhat lazy! Now, on 5 ‘3×5” cards, write one of the following terms on a card: “Never valued,” “ Seldom valued,” “ Sometimes valued,” “ Often valued,” and “Always valued.”
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Then sort out the values that you have put on 3×5’s based on those 5 cards. Now, take the ones in the “Often” and “Always” valued sort and prioritize them, putting the most valued at the top and the least at the bottom. At the end of the day, you will have listed and prioritized the values that are most important to you. Probably a good exercise. These are the values that are most important to you and hopefully the things that others recognize in you.
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Action Time.

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When you have come up with the top 10 to 15 values, make a list of them. Now here comes the hard part. Mentally go through the list of good friends and relatives. The goal is to ask them if they feel these values represent you well and which ones rise up to the top as seen through their eyes. When they offer their opinions, just say, “That is really interesting” and “Thank you for your input.” No need for discussion here. The goal is to refine the list based on your personal judgment and the judgment of others around you. Multiple opinions from quality people provide input, additional insight and refinement. Take their thoughts into consideration. Now, do your best to come up with your top 5 to 10 values based on this process. I would look forward to hearing from you and the results you come up with.

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Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

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Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

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In preparing to write the blogs for this month, I looked back at the blog for January of 2014. As we are starting a New Year, dealing with the years goals is often appropriate and looking back on the goals from last year as well. So here is reporting time. Last year, there were goals set in the spiritual, mental, relational, physical and recreational side.
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 So here goes.

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 On the spiritual side, I focused on reading one book of the Bible at least once a month and from different versions as well as reading a commentary on that book. I can boast that I achieved my goal. The book I chose was the book of Matthew. I have read it multiple times and am finishing a commentary today by an author who lived in the 1800s. There are a variety of things that have jumped out at me regarding my faith and I have found this very rewarding. I hope to focus on one book again in 2015 and continue the study of the person of Jesus.
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On the mental side, my goal was to read one book a week. Success again. I have had the opportunity of going through some 55 books in a fairly broad range of topics and hopefully have learned and put into practice some of the things I have read. The goal for this year is the same. I am also taking courses to become certified as a Life and Academic Coach and should be finished mid year.
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On the relational side, I will admit falling down. I had a goal to observe the body language of those around me so as to be more sensitive to their needs. I didn’t do well on this one and am going to pursue it again this year.

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On the physical side, my goal was to maintain an exercise routine and lose a few pounds. Partial success. I have maintained the routine and added to it by riding my bike 2 hours each Saturday morning before the rest of my family gets up. I failed to lose the pounds. Goal is to maintain that routine.

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On the recreational side, I had hoped to become familiar with Bach. No go. Had good intentions but failed to follow through by reviewing the goal and setting up times to do it. Goal for 2015 on the recreation side is to go paragliding at least once and start to learn about this fantastic sport. (I have a secret desire to fly and this is as close as I think I will get to it!) So off we go.

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Action Time.

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What about your goals? If you are considering setting goals for the year, consider the areas I have mentioned. I would have you consider goals that are dependent solely on your activity. For example, if you are a student, consider setting goals for progressing in how you learn and not on the grades you earn. Grades are dependent on your efforts and the input of your teacher. You can control your efforts. Your grade may be dependent on a teacher’s opinion. That is something you can’t control. If you are in business, set your goals on activities and adjust the activities to meet the employers’ requirements and/or your personal career goals. If you are a parent, set goals for the activities you want to do and the lessons you desire to teach.

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The mindset is to do your part. Your personal identity or achievement shouldn’t be dependent on the results.   Write them down, carry them with you and review regularly. I would look forward to hearing some of the goals you set and working with you to be accountable toward reaching them.
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The Original Coder and Creator: A Story About Love

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The Original Coder and Creator: A Story About Love

Some guy that figured out some basic computer code had started a whole industry and made the guy hugely successful, I mean really big time. His business expanded throughout the world and had a significant impact. This guy, while still being engaged in the day to day activity, for some reason seemed to become further and further distant from the running of the company. Eventually most of the end users had no knowledge of who he was or the original intent of his code and operating system. Time passed and the distance grew until the owner-designer was silenced from the whole operation. While he didn’t approve of the existing processes, he continued to watch how his code and the company were humming along and expanding. Some viruses popped up here and there, distorting and slowing down some systems. Worms evolved and destroyed important hard drives. Soon, other companies developed sizable interests in his firm. They spun off divisions and began to develop other systems, often contrary to the intent of the owner-designer. Labor unions were formed and the work force came to be at odds with management. As time passed, the code and operating system were used throughout the world. The original intent of the owner-designer had long since fallen by the way side while harmful and destructive applications showed up in machines of the end users.
Finally, the owner decided to take a personal inventory of the business. Rather than come in and make sweeping changes, he chose a back door approach. He understood that often the most trusted employees are family, especially the heir of the business. So, he sent his son clandestinely as a repair geek. While in repair, the son worked to fix a company computer here and a friends’ computer there. He designed some basic code that cleaned up hard drives and integrated various applications seamlessly. The simplicity and power of his fix was amazing. Few believed it, yet they couldn’t deny the results or uncover its logic. The son became highly popular with customers and his fix was in great demand. The time came when management saw him as a threat to their market share of an established computer repair business. The unions feared the impact on jobs and wages. So, they colluded together, drumming up false charges of patent infringement. The son was arrested and quickly found brought to trial. Jurors, made up of the companies management and union bosses quickly found him guilty. The judge, understanding the nature of the accused and the accusers, made a feeble attempt to free the son.   Having political sway, the company management cornered the judge and forced him to pass sentence, life without parole and in solitary confinement. In spite of the good his code and fix had done and the fact that he had created the code and system, no one rose to his defense. His fate seemed sealed.
Unbeknown to his antagonists, the operating system running the penitentiary computers was a system designed by His Father. Some time back, it had been part of a government contract that was installed by the Son. Within days of entering, early one morning, the Son accessed a laptop and quietly started walking. The huge prison doors opened automatically as He approached. Security guards melted away as He walked toward the exit. Freedom was His.
Over the next few weeks, the Son visited His friends and loading His fix on thumb drives He had provided. Then, returning to His Father’s mansion, He promised to come back soon and make things right.

Merry Christmas

The story presented above are meant for illustrative and or informational purposes only, and not indicative of any situation
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