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This is a life streaming of my last week theme. Also, for a limited time, I will offer 5 Discovery Session to the first 5 people that ask for it (either posting here or in a private message). This offer is only valid for the next 72 hours.
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 […]
JamesB asked a very valid question from yesterday’s post and I will try to simplify how you can work out your life vision. You can do the following exercise as a starting point. Some will get it quickly, and others (like myself) may take longer. The important thing is to start working in defining your own vision and to take as long as it takes. Keep working on it until you get it (discipline yourself to consistently persevere until you get it). Imagine you are 1,000 years old (yes, three zeros). For sake of this exercise, imagine you have achieved everything you wanted in life (personal, business, career, wealth, health, etc). You are gathered with your friends and close relatives to celebrate your birthday and they ask you to tell them what the five accomplishments you have achieved that you are the MOST proud of doing. The answer to the above exercise will give you a good indicator of what your vision and your purpose in life are.
Today, I had a nice and very interesting conversation with a stranger about how our thinking impact our lives in all aspects and this will be my posting theme for this week. To get the ball rolling, I will use a quotation which I got in one of a training class (unable to remember the name of the author): “Who we are, and how we see the world, and how we think the world sees us, is significant in terms of the results we get.” How we perceive ourselves and how we perceive the world around us will determine what we think we can do and how to do it. Look at the image in this post: same bottle, different colour of light. Our way of thinking will put a colour on what we look at, how we perceive things. One way to improve any aspect of our life, or all of it, is to update the way we think, the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves.
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.