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 Your Perfect Vision Statement

creating a vision statement

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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Coach Rossitto

 

 

 

 

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.  Member FINRA/SIPC
The LPL Financial Registered Representative associated with this site may only discuss and/or transact securities business with residents of the following states: AZ, CA, MD, NY. TX
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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.
Come over to our website specifically designed for college preparation.
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Coach Rossitto
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Why You, Yes YOU Are Amazing

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An Amazing Piece of Work You Are

In 2005, my business car was growing tired and circumstances were such that we could afford a new car.  As a financial guy, I usually don’t recommend a brand new car and hadn’t ever purchased one for myself.  Story is that my dad, in 1966, bought his special order car at about the age I was in 2005.  So I decided that I would do the same.
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I researched various brands and decided on an Acura TL.  My dad had ordered a red 1966 Ford Galaxy 500 XL 2 door with black bucket seats a custom license plate and a big engine. So, I ordered a red 2005 Acura TL with black interior, a 6 speed transmission and a navigation system directly from the factory. We had to do this as there was no such car on the West Coast.  I had to wait 3 months for the car to be manufactured and shipped to the dealership.  When shipped, the dealership provided a tracking number so I could track the car as it made its way across the US. Needless to say, it was an exciting day when the car finally arrived.  Our family went together to pick it up and complete the paperwork.  The first drive was delightful.  I came home and spread the news.  Close friends came for their first ride and to drive my “luxury sports car.”  It was well maintained and polished and spent nights in the garage.  When I went to put gas in the tank, I would spend a few minutes at the station to wipe of the dust off the car and make sure the small area where you put in the gas was dust free.  I think you get the picture.  This car is a great car.  I enjoy it to this day.
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Today, it is parked outside and it does get a little dustier.  The interior needs to be vacuumed, the rims need to be cleaned and there are a few small dents here and there. I had to buy a cover for the steering wheel as the leather is wearing out.  The oil gets changed regularly but is a little dirtier then when I changed it early on and now it’s burning a few quarts between changes. The headlights need to be replaced as do the shocks. I have to give it increasing attention to get even less performance and satisfaction.  Yet, I greatly enjoy just getting into my “luxury sports car.”
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For a moment, I would have you consider the amazing machine you are in.  Consider your means of locomotion, your feet.  Your feet can take you many more places and accomplish far more types of locomotive actions than my Acura.   We can go slow or fast, backward or forward and sideways.  We can jump in the air, kick or porpoise through the water. We can balance on beams or ski down slopes or in the water. And that is just a few of the acts our feet participate in much less our knees, hips, elbows, hands and fingers.  And we haven’t started to even think about our eyes or ears or heart or lungs.  And then there is this thing called our brain.  It allows us to coordinate all these different extremities for a vast array of different feats.  Now compare the human to the animal kingdom.  We can train our bodies to do, on some level, virtually everything any animal does.  Our bodies can be trained to quickly accelerate or run for long distances.  We can swim or do gymnastics.  We can develop our bodies to lift heavy weights or move gracefully on the floor or in the water. But wait a minute.  We haven’t even mentioned the internal processes in our bodies that are managed without a conscious effort.  Can you imagine how difficult it would be to live if you had to consciously think about telling your heart to beat, your lungs to expand and contract and oh, by the way have your mouth taste food while the air is flowing in and out.  And then, on top of all of this, we manage relationships and emotions.  I hope you get just a small part of how valuable you are not just for what you can do, but for who you are.

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Action Time!

Take a minute to think about all the stuff that you do and have the ability to do and enjoy.  Take it all in for just a moment. Isn’t that amazing?  I mean really amazing!  And you do it in your own way.  That makes you truly unique.  So are all the others that surround us. Take a minute to think about those around you and how amazing they truly are. Then, have a conversation with them about it.  I bet you will get a buzz.  They probably will, too.  Let me know what happens.  I would look forward to hearing from you.
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To Jump starting your Life!

Coach Rossitto

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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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How to Set Goals NOT Resolutions

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How to Thrive and Grow in 2014

5 Areas to Consider When Setting Goals

The New Year is here and we are already one week into it!  In the mind of a child, days seem to take forever; distant events feel like they will never get here.  For the active, busy adult, time flies by with tomorrow being yesterday before today has started (Isn’t that a great one liner?). Here’s something to consider at the start of the year…

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