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And then today the subject is mission, the last of the three pillars that form the foundation on how we think and how we drive ourselves. Simply put, our mission is all about how we do it, mission is vehicle we want to use to achieve our vision. The vehicle can be our career, our business, our hobbies, our family, or anything that allows us to achieve our vision. A mission typically is expressed in a written statement and the best mission tends to be defined in a: Simple statement that summarises how we want to achieve our vision It is easy to read and remember; and It is something that you like and love doing. So, recapping the three pillars: With the vision, we get direction on where to go; With values, we set the rules of the game, our lives and the standards on how we want to live. And mission is how we do achieve it. On Monday 12 November, at 7 pm (Melbourne Time, Australia), I will have a live stream here is Facebook where I will put all together, an example or two on what having vision, mission and values can do for an individual and a Q&A session.
Continuing with this week theme, our next item relates to our values. Values are those important feeling we have that we are willing to fight for. In a simpler term, our values are the rules we want to live by and the standards we set for ourselves. Simple. That said, there are a few things we must be aware to ensure our values do not get in our way… Let me explain. First write down all the values that are important to you. As many as relevant to you (rule of thumb is about ten, then again, as many or as few as you like). Then follow these steps: Are all values congruent with each other? Are they moving you the same direction? Sometimes, we may have values that undo other values. For example, in some cultures, money is related to bad people (this would be one value), so a person in this culture wanting to build wealth (another value) would have a conflict between the two. Overtime, this individual would likely be building wealth and losing it like a yo-yo. Are all the values moving you toward you vision and your purpose? For example, an individual could have a value that helps him/her to avoid being hungry (moving away from hunger). This can also lead to not saving money and expending too much in food. A more effective value would be one to build wealth (moving toward), which will keep him fed and covering all his living expenses, etc. Order them, being number one the most important value, the […]
Continuing from yesterday’s post, today I will start with one of the three pillars of how we think, so then you can change what needs to be changed (if any). The three pillars are vision, mission and values. As there are many interpretations of what they mean, I will provide a short description and summarise how each affects the way each one of us think. Vision: It is basically what we want to do in life. Our purpose. What we want to accomplish in life. The vision provides us with direction on what we choose to do and how we do them. When we have our vision is like setting the GPS device in your car: It keeps you true to your destination regardless of any obstacle, de-tours and road closures you may encounter in our way. It also allow us to make better decisions. A person without a vision is like a dog chasing rabbits in the field: When you see a rabbit in a field, you will find many. When a dog sees a rabbit, it starts chasing the rabbit, sees another before catching the first and then start chasing the second rabbit, does the same with the third and the fourth… At the end of the day, the poor dog is dead tire and caught no rabbit – READ: has accomplish nothing. The clearer your vision is the better it will guide you in life.
Many people get caught on the protocols of life at work, their social environment and others. Often these protocols make us be serious, straight to the point, very assertive and many other behavioural traits which are appropriate for a given place and time. The thing is that we tend to then adopt these traits in all other aspect of life, where they may be inappropriate. Today is Friday and many of us will have an upcoming weekend of rest and recreation and others will not. Either ways, I wonder how much better we could feel if we let go all these traits, at least for the weekend, and make fun of ourselves. Sometimes, we need to remember that life may be too serious to take it seriously. LIGHTEN UP! Have fun, make it a different kind of fun, remember the foolish and crazy things we use to do when we were a child, jump into the puddle of water and mud or whatever else. Bring out the child in you and do it for the sake of fun, of doing something different. Have a wonderful and fantastic weekend.
Based on my experience coaching people, I find a strong relationship between the amount of personal development and the level of achievement and success the individual has in his/her professional career. On this regard, I invite all the take a moment and reflect on the following quotation: “If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.” – Brian Tracy