creating a vision statement

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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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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How Giving Helps Your Self-Esteem


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How Giving Helps Your Self-Esteem

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. This is one national holiday that is somewhat unique to our heritage and values as a nation. A psychologist in the San Francisco Bay area believes that we develop self-esteem, not by having people tell us how good we are but rather by putting forth the effort to help someone else and then feeling pride and value in what we have done. Perhaps that’s what Jesus meant when He said “It’s better to give then to receive.” Now, I ain’t gonna preach a sermon so don’t close up just yet.
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In celebrating Thanksgiving, what’s say we combine the Thanksgiving theme and the giving mindset to kill two turkeys with one stone (Two birds, one stone… get it?).
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Think back over the last few years and think about some of the people that have had a positive impact on your life. Now, take a few minutes to write a short letter to them about what they did and how it has impacted you since then. Now, call them up and tell them you want to meet with them. Don’t tell them why. Tell them it will only take a few minutes as you know they are busy. When you get there, after a little chit chat, let them know you have something you would like to share with them and read your note. Give them a small certificate for being ______ (you fill in the blank). Thank them verbally, wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and be on your way.
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Action Time

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Last week, I showed you a chart taken from a book called, MOJO. It listed some concepts for Professional MOJO and Personal MOJO and was in a chart format. After doing the Thanksgiving Esteem, take a minute and score yourself on the Professional MOJO and the Personal MOJO. Look at your score. Now, are you glad you did it? What types of short-term benefits did it offer? How about the long-term benefits? How did this stuff impact you? Are those the type of things you want to be known for?   If so, how can you incorporate that into your daily routine? After you try this, let me know what happens and what you are going to do about it in the future.

 

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How To Become Happier: Learn Optimism

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What’s The Secret to Happiness?

It’s a Matter of Mindset

I have the privilege of living in San Diego.  As I write this, there is an Arctic blast that is hitting the East Coast.  People are staying home from work and kids from school.  Well, that doesn’t happen in San Diego!  San Diegians and Southern Californians for that matter have expansive opportunities to do a broad spectrum of things. So is that something that makes one have a lasting sense of well being or happiness?  Well, the statistician will suggest a test.  Who better to work with then college students!  So, they surveyed students on two college campuses, one in a cold climate and the other in sunny California.
First, a base line was established as to the level of contentment or well being they felt they currently had.  This turned out to be somewhat a bell-shaped curve with highly discontent and highly content on either end of the curve. For those in the cold climate, they were asked what level of contentment they would have if they were to live and go to school in a more moderate climate. Universally, they believed they would be more content in a warmer climate.  Now, the students in California were asked the same question as to their level of contentment in their current situation.  The shape of the curve was basically the same as that of the students in the colder climate.  The surroundings didn’t make a significant difference in the distribution of contentment.  It was more dependent on the basic mindset and background of the individual.

Action Time!

A proponent of positive psychology whom some consider its founder, Dr. Martin Seligman, was challenged by his young daughter.  Evidently, she didn’t feel he displayed a high level of happiness! Young children can be very observant and sometimes blunt.  She challenged her dad.  The Doctor took it to heart and determined from then on to change his mindset and actions. He continues to impact the world with his insights and the mindset of positive psychology.  His book, Learned Optimism offers some guidance on developing optimism.  Over time we can retrain our brain and move our personal spectrum toward a more positive outlook and a higher level of contentment.  Pick up the book.  Set some goals with a few of his action steps.  Form you own base line, practice for a few months and retest. Let me know what you find out.  I would look forward to tracking with you the results.
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Christmas Family Traditions

Fond Holiday Traditions

Creating Meaningful Memories

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Remember tinsel?

With the holiday season upon us it is refreshing to reminisce on old fond holiday memories and look forward to creating new ones. What is one Christmas memory that resonates with you?

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What do Colleges look for in an Applicant?

What Makes for an Interesting College Applicant?

Joy in your Teenager can make the Difference

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As a teen growing up, I worked in a gas station.  Being around cars and discovering how they worked became a hobby and something that help me save money and avoid making wrong car related decisions over the years. I purchased and partially restored a 1955 Ford pickup. I did much of the process myself.  I rebuilt and installed a custom engine and transmission.  I rewired all the electronics and made a new instrument cluster.  I had to have the drive shaft re-engineered.  I made a mistake in measuring the length and had to have the drive shaft redone.  I knew all about that truck and would gladly tell you about it then and do so again today.  I enjoyed that truck in a greater fashion then someone else that simply drove it and experienced some of its features (it was really fast!). Now, you might think this is just a favorite story of some guy.  Yea, you’re right!  In telling the story, I get excited because that experience was one that I was intricately involved in every part of.  The more involved in the process, the further down in detail one becomes, the more in the flow you will become. Flow is a term coined by M. Csikszentmihalyi (how would you like to be a kid and have to write that every day?), on gratification. It is here we experience what some call “Joy.”   That “Joy” is something that enhances our life experience.  It takes effort and observation and time and more effort and closer observation and more time and  … I think you get the picture.  It is worth the pursuit.

Action Time

One part of my financial services practice is working with families of high school students.  I help the families position their finances in appropriate places to help reduce the Expected Family Contributions.  More importantly, I enjoy working with the student to help them become an interesting student.  Interesting students are ones who are good academically but also are deep into some extra circular activity in which they find “Joy.”  “Joy” comes out in a college entrance application and catches the eye of the admissions officers and committees. What activities are you involved in and how can you get deeper into that item or event?  I look forward to hearing about your interest and ways you dive into it.
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