As we honor MLK today and engage in a National Day of Service, I like to reflect on the connection between great leadership and acts of service to others. I hear about the value of “servant leadership” from many business leaders, and they often equate this to the idea of leadership being the ultimate […]
Vision is the core of motivation, power and success. How can you create yours?
In the coaching world, we talk about environmental design as a way of enhancing and facilitating change and development. What that really means is that change is easier when the environment you live and work in supports the change. Have you ever been to a training where you learned about a new exciting tool and […]
The next step in this journey to greater success and fulfillment is establishing your personal vision. A personal vision is grounded in the present and includes every significant aspect of your life, who you are, and what you desire in your life. A great place to begin this is to start with a deep understanding […]
A key step in becoming the person you were meant to be is discovering more clearly who you are and what you value. Slowing down and understanding the values you hold most dear can help you make better choices and evaluate what values are being honored or violated in any given situation. You can then begin to make choices that help honor your values and feel more fulfilled.
At yet a higher level of engagement that simply getting feedback, is developing partnerships to support you in pursuing your vision.
Partners can be colleagues, family members, friends, or anyone who has an interest in helping you meet your goals and achieve your vision. When considering who you might enroll as your partner, think about who might share your vision, benefit from you achieving it, or be pursuing a similar vision themselves.
Behind every good strategy and every goal achieved, there was an action plan that brought it to life.
The strategy is not the end of the process, but the beginning of your journey toward your vision. You have defined the vision, made it concrete with some goals that define what it will take for the vision to come to life, developed some strategies that you think will help you achieve your goals, and now you are ready for the plans.
With SMART goals in hand, you are ready to build strategies around them. This is just like developing business strategies in that you can look at your various strengths and build strategies that play to them.
Now that you have a vision of where you are going, it is important to set goals that move you in the direction of your vision. I like to make sure they are SMART goals. You may have heard this acronym before, but it stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
So what remains to define your journey to a more fulfilling life? Simply making the changes needed to integrate this process into your life on an ongoing basis. As your life changes and you achieve key elements of your vision, you may find that your vision begins to expand or change in ways that cause you to incorporate new goals. As you gain skills and overcome obstables to your success, you may find entirely new skills suddenly become relevant and perhaps even critical to your goals.