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

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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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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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How to Start Healthy and Productive Relationships

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One benefit of going to college is the relationships that one develops with peers and instructors. The roles one takes on campus and in their personal life are often indicative of the paths they will take in relationships and careers. Some of the people you meet in high school and college will be friends and acquaintances for the rest of your life.   These relationships can be uplifting or debilitating.
Dr. John Gottman has developed a variety of measurements on marital relationships and does so from a few interesting angles, including Game Theory. If you know anything about Game Theory, you may be wondering how or why a psychologist would use this math concept to deal with relationships. I will let you figure that out. Now this isn’t a blog about marriage so don’t worry, I’m not going there. Dr. Gottman does offer some important characteristics to consider in people that you would want to develop lasting relationships with. His big 5 are: Honesty, transparency, accountability, ethical actions and proof of alliance.
Honesty is self-explanatory. For Gottman, transparency is sharing details with you and introducing you to things and people that are important to the person. If they are unwilling to offer this basic information, what else may be going on that you may not be comfortable with? Accountability is not requesting that you just trust the person but he or she is willing to give details of important stuff. Ethical action speaks for itself. Proof of alliance is demonstrating that the person is on your side even in small ways and not only acting in their own self-interest.
If a person consistently fails on these basic issues, they probably aren’t people you want to develop a close and lasting relationship with. They may be good acquaintances, but may not be a good fit as a trusted friend.

Action Time

Consider going through Gottman’s big 5 in some of the relationships you currently have.
First off, how do you personally rate? Oops!   How can you improve? What steps can you take to become a more trustworthy acquaintance? How are you going to do that? Who will you hold yourself accountable to in following up? Having looked in the mirror first? How would you use this list to develop friendships in the future?
In the acquaintances you now have, how can you use these to strengthen good relationships and lessen poorer acquaintances? Now, don’t prejudge people but also don’t look through rose-colored glasses. Hey, let me know what you come up with and the steps you take.
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Why Anniversaries Sharpen Your Resilience

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How to Strengthen Your Resilience:  Review, Improve, and Repeat

Well, blog followers, this is a grand day. I have had the opportunity of sharing some different thoughts with you for a full year. This week represents our 1 year anniversary of blogging. With some, we have shared 52 different times on different subjects. For others, the visits haven’t been as many but hopefully beneficial. So, I would like to thank you for the opportunity of sharing some thoughts with you over the past year. Hopefully they have offered you some valuable insights.
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Dates like this are good times to review the events that have transpired over the past period. In our case, we have dealt with a varied list of topics. Many have dealt with issues of the mind. Mind over Matter & Program Your Brain were some of the topics. We talked about some study habits in relation to memory. How to Quickly Improve Your memory, Studying to Music, & Number Games. We have mentioned topics for preparing for college: Developing a Mentor Relationship, Visiting College Campuses, and College Questions. These are just some of the categories and thoughts we have explored. As I go back and briefly review the topics, I recall the process involved and where the ideas came from and it gives me a slight rush that bring a smile to my face.   I trust you have benefited from some of the thoughts that have been expressed and grown accordingly.

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Action Time!

 Anniversaries are a representation of resilience. Resilience is a valuable character strength and something to be celebrated. As you look back at significant undertakings and when they started, put a mark on your calendar and take time to review what initiated the event, the steps that you took to accomplish it, the many things that went right and as well as the issues that failed and why. Try to have 3-5 positive things for every negative. The 3-5 number is a good ratio in many parts of life and can be a goal to shoot for in various aspects of life. I am sure you can think of other areas that you can review. Take time to write them down, hopefully in your journal, and then celebrate your striving and good success with someone important to you. I am betting you will get a buzz as well. As always, I would look forward to hearing from you and sharing your experiences.
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How Your Strengths Lead to Success and Olympic GOLD

Winter Olympic Figure Skaters

Olympic Gold Winners: Meryl Davis and Charlie White

How To Play On Your Strengths

Do What Comes Naturally

Through the course of the Olympics, many inspirational stories were told of how various athletes overcame hardships and issues to come and compete in the Winter Games. For me, one of many enjoyable events to watch was the Ice skating competitions, especially the two ice dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.   All their performances and especially their final performance were filled with grace, beauty, skill and strength.  Viewing the videos of their performances as children for me was just as delightful and perhaps more so as the final event.  The hours of exercise, practice, competition and endurance came to a spectacular climax in the long routine and they came home with the ultimate athletic reward, the Olympic Gold.
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I would have you consider how one of their strengths was properly honed and used.  Both Meryl and Charlie have amazing physical strength.  One of the videos showed them working with weights and different exercises to strengthen their bodies. Alright, where am I going with this one?  I think you would agree with me that it was a better use of their resources for Charlie to lift Meryl then vice versa.  Might Meryl have been able to lift Charlie over her head and balance him there for a few moments? (Wouldn’t that have been a site?) Yea, maybe.  But why would you want to do that?  They combined their strengths in pursuit of a goal and achieved that goal in front of a world audience.
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Action Time!

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Our strengths are usually skills that are authentic to us personally and often when used or even considered, energize our thoughts and actions.  Take a few minutes and reconsider some recent events that you excelled in.  What are some of the skills that you used to accomplish those results?  How have you honed those skills over the years?  Do you get jazzed thinking about that particular type of effort and process?  If so, chances are that is one of your many strengths.  What have you done over time to build that strength?  What can you do to improve that building process?  Where else can you apply those strengths?  When you finished the event, did you have a feeling of accomplishment?  Isn’t that process and its end worth applying and pursuing?  Where can you use it next?  Take a few minutes to write some thoughts in your journal and take some steps to further hone and use your strengths.  I would enjoy hearing what you observe and what steps you are using to make use of your own personal strengths.
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