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.
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.
A live stream I recently did on personal development and the importance of it. All comments and questions are welcome. Professional Development vs Personal Development This is about the difference and importance of professional and personal development and why. Posted by Ramon Herrera on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Many people believe that taking responsibility for our life is about having a ‘can do’ attitude, having a job, paying the bills, taking care of the family, etc. All although all of these is true, it is only part of it. What many of us need to realise (I would even say ‘must’ realise) is that one of the most important part of our responsibility is about how we deal with all the events of our life, specially the bad ones. Given that we are not responsible for an earthquake that destroyed our home or other events we do not have control. Then again, we are responsible for what we decide to do next, for how we decide to feel about it. Jim Rohn put it very nicely: “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” How we decide to feel and what decide to do after an event, good or bad, is what shapes our future. So, for those of us that want to take part of our future, we must take responsibility of what we are, how we feel and what we do, regardless of what events are taking place in our life.
Many times, the challenge of achieving a goal is more about what we think, how we see ourselves or knowing what we really want, rather than the actual capability, ability or expertise on how to do it. Contact me if you like to know more on how to overcome this type of challenge.