Your personal vision statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career, life, and family. Think of your personal vision statement as the light shining in the darkness that illuminates your path through the forest of life. Writing a vision statement is the first step in focusing on your life. It can help put things into perspective—your joy, your accomplishments, your family life, and your contributions.
Journaling has been advocated by many psychologists for a long time as a key activity for self-improvement and self-reflection. You could begin by starting a journal or looking through the journal you already have for hints about behaviors, values, morals, thoughts, and feelings that are important to you. Ask yourself some guiding questions to start yourself off. Be honest. Your answers can help you clearly illustrate your vision.
If you fudge your answers or are dishonest with yourself, you will not create a vision that is uniquely yours—one that is worth your time and life to follow. As you collect information on yourself, take time to formulate your thoughts cohesively into descriptive sentences or paragraphs that summarize single values or characteristics. Once you have thoughtfully prepared answers to these questions and others that you have identified as consequential for you, you are ready to design a personal vision statement.
Write the statements as if you are already making them happen in your life. Don't count your words and fully articulate the vision that you wish to achieve. The more detailed you develop your written perspective, the better you will be able to see it in your mind's eye. People tend to accomplish goalsdreams, plans, and visions they have written down.
Writing down your goals lends power and commitment, and creates a reviewable reinforcement of your goals. Your personal vision statement can, and most likely will, change over time depending on what is happening in your life. However, the changes you integrate into your vision more often than not will still reflect the original values and intent you described to yourself during your first vision statement. When people live and experience the components of their personal vision frequently, they tend to feel more fulfilled and happy.
This is because a personal vision statement is a guide, written by and for you, for your life. Theresa Quadrozzi, a certified life coachsuggests that you should think about how you would want your life to be —without barriers. Quadrozzi says that people live unfulfilled because they are negatively influenced by circumstances around them, such as meaningless work or the constant struggle to survive.
Regardless of circumstance, there are endless possibilities passing by with the world constantly changing, innovating, and creating new opportunities. As Quadrozzi suggests, "What would you like to do? What does the world need? What difference are you going to make? Develop your weaknesses and seize opportunities. If you have identified your hopes and dreams, and the methods you will use to fulfill them, you should be able to work at achieving them every day.Read the Disclaimer.
Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always. Because of this little piece of magic right here…. Y our thoughts create your feelings. Your feelings create your actions. Your actions create your results. Change your thoughts and beliefs and the rest follows. Because when you believe new things, you feel different feelings, you take different actions, and you get better results.
Your brain can reorganize itself due to your environment, behavior, thinking, and emotions. How does your brain change and adapt? By practicing something over and over, strengthening the connections of neurons over time. The cerebellum is your habit brain. It seeks efficiency, aims to keep you alive and protect you, and works really fast. The prefrontal cortex is your goal setting brain that focuses on planning and is slower, and future focused.
Both parts of your brain play a huge role in your ability to create new results you want in your future. Add on top of this the fact that the brain has a fight or flight complex, where it freaks out when you do something new in an attempt to protect you and keep you alive.
Your thoughts create your feelings. Circumstances are neutral. Your brain has approximately 60, thoughts per day. Those feelings will drive your actions and your results.
This is why people with the same financial means can be equally as miserable or as happy as someone else. It has nothing to do with the circumstances. You know some people who just seem to always have drama in their lives?
This is why. When you understand what you think and believe ultimately creates the results you have in your life, there is total freedom. It means you can create new results in your life by changing your thinking.
When I learned this, it rocked my world. I immediately just changed soooo many thoughts I had been believing simply by choosing to. No one had told me I could do this before!
If you want different results in your life, you have to start by changing your beliefs. Some beliefs will be really easy to change and can be done instantly. These statements are only true if you believe them.Many of us try to make changes and build new habits in our lives but struggle. This struggle can trip us up and discourage us. Left unchecked this can become a toxic habit and lead to us never feeling truly satisfied with who we are or our own accomplishments.
We flit from this to that trying to give everything equal attention but losing the battle along the way. What if we focused completely on one thing at a time instead? What if we quit the multi-tasking and juggling? Making room for gratitude in our lives helps us see all we truly have already.
There will always be something to bemoan if we have a negative outlook. But we can take charge of our outlook and be accountable instead see no 9. From there, we arrange our time and days accordingly. Get rid of the noise and unnecessary moving parts in your life. Simplify and give yourself room to breathe. Stop trying to do everything at breakneck speed.
Make a little time to smell the flowers, celebrate successes and appreciate life along the way instead. Appreciate the power of slow. We often load our To Do lists up with lots to be done that never really gets to done.
Better to have less on our list that stands a good chance of getting completed rather than a whole lot that just overwhelms and stresses us. Simplify life by reducing your To Do list down to 1 or 2 key tasks per day only.
Taking charge of our lives means we are accountable. No one else is going to take our dreams and goals as seriously as we will so best we take the reins in our hands.To start all over and show the world what you are really made of. Each day is a gift given to you by life itself. Each day is a new beginning, a new chance and a new opportunity for you to create something better, something new.
To offer more value to the world around you, and to reveal more of yourself to those you love. Each day is a new life, each moment is a precious gift.You Can Heal Your Life (Hindi) - The Movie BY Louise L Hay
So make the best of each day. Make the best of each moment. Starting all over and rebuilding your life from scratch is not an easy thing to do. It requires a lot of inner strength, courage, self-love, resilience, faith, and confidence. And since most of these things take the time to be developed, you need to learn to be patient and gentle with yourself. And you need to treat yourself with love, compassion, and understanding.
So make sure you do just that. That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one! JoyBell C. Acknowledge the fact you are not a finished product and that life is a continuous process of becoming. You go through life to find yourself, to become yourself. Through every little thing you do, through every word you say and through every action you take, you are meant to discover more and more about yourself.
About your inner journey, your life path and about the purpose and meaning of your own life. Life is constantly changing, constantly evolving and constantly renewing itself. And since life is what flows through all of us, we ourselves need to constantly embrace change, and we need to constantly renew ourselves in order for life to flow through us, and in order for us to feel fully alive once more.
Surrender to what is. And no matter how hard and difficult it might be, accept the situation you are in as if you have chosen it. Embrace your current reality. Make peace with the present moment and you will be at peace all throughout your journey. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Take deep cleansing breaths throughout the day. Pay close attention to your breathing and with each breath, you take, immerse yourself even more deeply into the present moment.
Engage in vulnerable, humble, honest and meaningful conversations with the Source of all things. Ask God, Allah, the Universe, the Tao… the Source of all things, to guide you, to help you and to assist you. Fill your heart with love, gratitude, and appreciation, and constantly express your honest gratitude and appreciation for all the things life gave to you so far, and for all the things it will continue to give you.From the authors of the 1 New York Times best seller Designing Your Life comes a job-changing, outlook changing, life-changing book that shows us how to transform our work lives and create our dream job, one that is engaged and meaningful, and find happiness at work.
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You have choices and, with the growth of the web, your choices have compounded exponentially. You control your life and what happens in it, and, once you realize that fully, you give yourself room to grow, experiment, and begin designing the life of your dreams. These are all questions a lifestyle designer might ask themselves before embarking on their journey of exploration and adventure. We want to know what the point of it all is, and how we can make our time here on this earth amazingly relevant.
Lifestyle designers make it their mission to answer that question fully and live life on purpose, with purpose. InI was a 28 year-old single mother of an 8-year-old daughter and infant daughter.
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I had almost a decade—a long, boring, arduous decade—of corporate marketing and finance experience. I believed working long and hard was the only way to provide the lifestyle I wanted for my daughters. Soon after my second daughter was born, I took the big and scary leap into self-employment hoping to enjoy more flexibility and time with my children.
A few years later, I still found myself over-worked, confused, and unsatisfied. Although I could work when I wanted and where I wanted, and I was spending much more time with my daughters, I was actually working many more hours than I did before I was self-employed.
I stumbled upon the book The Power of Intention by Dr.
Wayne Dyer, and it spoke to my soul. As I put the lessons into practice, I noticed an immediate and remarkable change in my happiness, health, and abundance. That book led me to reading dozens of other books as I dove into learning about numerous personal development concepts such as lifestyle design, mindful living, meditation, intention, and financial freedom.
That journey led me to becoming a Certified Life Coach and writer. You make the decisions, you call the shots.
Make the decision that you want to live a vibrant life and accept the fact that it may look a little different from the status quo. Your life is your own. You are percent unique and talented in your own special way. You have the right to spend your life doing the things you love to do, and experiencing things that bring you massive joy. You are gifted in a way no one else is—and when it comes down to it, no one else can do what you do, quite like you do it!
Those are wise words, and something you should always remember. They help to remind you that you always have choices. Create a blueprint that nails down just what you want your life to look like.
Maybe you have a love of music and travel, and you want to design a lifestyle that embodies those things. Perhaps you love deep sea fishing, and you want to design a lifestyle around that. Sit down, do some good, hard soul searching, and figure out exactly what you really want your time on this earth to look like.
Do you want folks to appreciate all your awards and achievements, or do you want your death to be memorialized by people who talk about all your experiences and adventures, the way that you loved others, and just how darn helpful and kind you were? Take action and start making the life of your dreams a reality. Change is scary, but this should be scary in a very good, exhilarating way. Waiting for a good time to quit your job?If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more information about the benefits of your Forbes account and what you can do next!
When it comes to organizational change, it's often the case that we don't try and change things until we really have to. The analogy often used is that of the burning platformupon which you have little choice but to do something. This post isn't about organizational change however so much as individual change, as our own burning platform may well be fast approaching.
Whilst I'm skeptical about many of the doomsday scenarios painted by various reports into the impact automation will have on the workplace, it is inevitable that it will have a significant one.
Whilst various reports have highlighted the disruptive capabilities of automation, much less attention is given to the new jobs that will emerge. Indeed, the U. It's a topic I've touched on beforebut even without that so called burning platform, numerous studies suggest we're generally miserable at work. Even if we haven't had that jolt to our system therefore, there is still much to suggest we should strive for change. The book was born out of the eponymous class Burnett and Evans teach at Stanford and uses techniques that anyone familiar with design thinking will instantly recognize to allow us to take control of our lives.
Be curious - this is a fantastic start point, and indeed Einstein himself famously said that he had no real talents other than passionate curiosity. Studies have shown that curiosity primes our brain for learning new things, so this is a crucial mindset to invoke from the off. Try stuff - prototyping is a fundamental part of design thinking, and so it's no surprise to see a request that we try and devise as many cheap and easy experiments to conduct as we can to test out our assumptions.
Experimentation is a key part of organizational change and it should be a fundamental part of designing your life too. Reframe problems - there are a number of very well known cognitive biases that can limit our thinking and restrict our choices. Indeed, studies have even shown that the way we frame things can play a significant part in whether we get started or procrastinate.
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By reframing our problems we can often look at situations in a new light and come up with much better solutions to them. Know it's a process - I've written a few times about the growing need for lifelong learning, and designing your life very much fits into this mold.
There is no real end point and it is much less about the outcome than it is about the way you go about achieving it.
This focus on process rather than outcome will allow you to gain something from every eventuality, good or bad. Ask for help - Design and invention are increasingly collaborative processes, and designing your life is no different. Burnett and Evans advocate having an open approach, both to new ideas and insights you can receive from people about new directions, but also in terms of feedback from others on those ideas. People such as Wharton's Adam Grant have long advocated the importance, and value, of giving of yourself, and this is very much in that ethos.