Turning your Vision Statement to Actionable Goals

Turning your Vision Statement into Actionable Goals

Turning your Vision Statement to Actionable Goals

Turning your Vision Statement into Actionable Goals

The tunnel is getting brighter. Since January, we have been working through developing a values/purpose statement with the ultimate goal of developing a vision for what we would like our future path to look like. No guarantees that it will be like what we envision. The goal is to have a vision for the bigger picture.
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In my personal values statement, I have listed, first, some action words (serve, grow and laugh) then some nouns (trust, integrity and zest) to generate action and finally a purpose (for the glory of God) to fulfill the purpose of living the way I do. I offered the example of putting personal insights into the action words and how they were important to me. The next step I took was to put some meaning into the action words and the purpose to come up with a few meaningful paragraphs describing my value statement.
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So, here is what I would suggest as the next step. With a broad brush, put down the key goals that you have for the next year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years for both your personal and professional life. Don’t get too specific. Choose to list out the biggies for each of these time periods. You can deal with the steps on getting there later. Once you have listed these out, work on the common threads between these goals. For me, they were the relationships I have with family, friends and business acquaintances, then the maintenance of existing resources and the future purchase of new resources and finally, the areas of recreation that I would like to become involved in. With these as a list, I would suggest developing paragraphs that summarizes the core of your values when incorporated into the goals you have set for the next 10 years. How about them apples?
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This probably will take some thought and a few runs at it. In the end, I hope to have developed a rich and full vision of what and how I hope to approach the next years that have been allotted to me.

Action Time.

There are many ways to make these meaningful statements. With the values, I found it easier to look through a list and find the most meaningful concepts. Others would suggest you write down the values that come to your mind in a 30 second time period. I offered some additional steps in the process to design some vision for the future. I am not suggesting this is the only way.   It is one way I have found to be reasonable. The goal is to Just Do It. Having gone through the process, the challenge is to live it out. I would look forward to what you develop. If you wish, I would enjoy looking over your shoulder and hold you accountable to getting it done and then living it out. That is what a good coach does.

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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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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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The One Thing You Should Do Before Heading out to College

The One Thing You Should Do Before Heading out to College

Preparing to Leave for College, Do this One thing First

The day has come or at least it is coming soon. You have been accepted to one of the colleges you have applied to and your travel date is just around the corner or you have been in school for a few years and will shortly be leaving for the last year or two of school. For most of the readers of this blog, you have reached the age of majority and are considered adults. While you may yet be on your parents health insurance plan, decisions about your health are considered your own and you may be the one making decisions for your own care. That sounds really cool and is part of the road to adulthood. Congratulations!!
There is a small issue.
There may be some situations where important medical decisions need to be made and you are not physically able to make them. You may be a few hundred or thousands of miles from home and in a different state with different rules as to the age of majority and therefore the release of medical information.
Ouch (literally!). What are you to do?

Action Time.

This isn’t a pleasant thought but an ounce of preparation can be worth a pound of cure. Now, don’t think this is legal advice, cause I can’t give that. What I do know is that due to a law abbreviated as HIPPA, if a student goes into the campus health clinic, you most likely will be asked to sign a form so the medical office can release medical information to anyone requesting it, including mom or dad.
Now, to keep your parents from major grief and lots of yelling over the phone at someone who really can’t do anything (they can hang up!), you can be a thoughtful kid. Contact your College Health Clinic and ask them to email you a medical release form. This may be specific to that school or a more general form that can be used anywhere. Read the thing and if appropriate, sign it and have an adult or notary witness you doing so. Make a copy and give it to the responsible adult.
 An alternative is to go to a site, www.caringinfo.org. This site provides state specific Advanced Directive forms that you can print and complete. It is a heavy-duty legal document and therefore, really serious stuff, so be sure to treat it that way. After discussing it with your parents or guardian, take the appropriate actions and measures to deal with the topic. Once done, you shouldn’t have to worry about it. I don’t like being heavy but, well, that is the world we live in. If you have any thoughts, I would look forward to hearing from you.
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Purpose Drive College Preparation

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Purpose Drive College Preparation

 

In looking at systems in nature, I find things in nature live with a purpose. In looking at an ecosystem, each element has a function, perhaps many functions. They all live together to form the system. If you eliminate one of the elements, often the system continues. All the elements in the system will readjust to accommodate the change. If a major element is removed or dies, the system can potentially collapse and all the elements scatter to some other similar system or die themselves.
Now, that isn’t rocket science and I bet you were fully aware of it. Well, the reason for pointing that out is you and I have some set of unique purposes that are best suited for each of us in a manner similar to elements of a system. We and those around us function best when we are in our element. We are often frustrated or ineffective when working outside those purpose areas.
 Start with a Purpose
A starting point for students as they prepare to move toward college or a career is to first seek out the ways to determine their purpose, the things that they will naturally excel at. Once you figure this out, the next step is finding a career that you can best use your skill set in. Finally, you use college or a trade school to help hone the skills you need to be effective.
 Many adults have gone down a career path for which they aren’t well suited. For some, this path was at the insistence of a well meaning parent. For others, it was simply a lack of guidance or input from a wise counselor. There are some who by stroke of genius or luck, go down the right path and the results are amazing. I would like to help you be amazing.

Action Time! 

One of the services that I will be launching in the next few weeks is a platform that offers students and parents a means to help determine their strengths and skills. As part of our life coaching/ college prep platform, we will offer a series of tests that identify personal traits, behaviors and personality. We then work together to identify the careers and the colleges that can best meet their preparation goals and help parents structure their finances to make the process happen. I look forward to being able to showing you the ropes of this great platform and how it blends in with college preparation.

 

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LIfehack to Improve Your Reading

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When you go visit an acquaintance for the first time, do you feel the same way I do? It seems like it takes forever to get there. After you have been there a couple of times,   all else being equal, it seems like the trip doesn’t take quite as long. Well, that’s a brain thing. Your brain has to do extra work to plot out the path for the first time. You, consciously or unconsciously are plotting land marks that your mind will associate with the trip the next time, making the path familiar and therefore it seems like it takes less time. In real time, it probably is about the same. In mental time, as you repeat the path time and again, the mental path has been laid down and now is being reinforced and the mental time necessary to go down this path requires less effort, making the apparent real-time less. Eventually, the path becomes routine, shifts to a different process in the brain which requires little to no new circuitry and we make moves automatically. When in this space, it even becomes difficult to use your conscious mind to repeat the process.
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Action Time!

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Well, the association process and repetition is how our brain functions and becomes efficient at recall. I don’t want to bore you with this concept yet it occurs over and over again and is part of our nature. If we find ways to harness it and use it for our purposes, it becomes a useful tool and can make life more interesting and rewarding. If we overlook this process, often, we will spend our time reinventing or spinning our wheels on processes that go against our wiring. So, when you pick up a book, skim the Preface, the chapter titles, the first lines in a paragraph, the first few paragraphs in a chapter, and the ending paragraphs in a chapter and then read the text. It is like going to that acquaintances home for the first time. The next time round, the associations start happening and you will capture more information and the read will be more meaningful. Check it out and let me know what happens. I would look forward to hearing your experiences.
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