Friday, December 10, 2010

Personal Vision

I do leadership training in my day-job, and in this past week I found myself part of several discussions about personal vision.

I'm not talking about New Year's resolutions or anything like that. It's not about what you want to "do." This is about deciding who you want to BE in every important area of your life (family, career, spirituality, community life, etc.), describing your vision in a sentence or two in each area, and then putting yourself on the path to BECOMING that person.

Do: Write a novel.
BE: Be a writer.

So, as we're closing out the end of 2010, I put it to you:

Who do you want to BE? 

Once you really, REALLY know the answer to that, take a look at your current life and start sculpting. Shave off the things that you don't care about so you have more time for the people and things that really matter. Devote yourself to taking the steps to actualize your vision.

I did this a few years ago. I'm now working on my sixth novel, and I have a passion for my work. I have time to wrestle my kids to carpet and zerbet their little bellies. I have a husband who still tells me I'm beautiful, even before I've had coffee.

So, over the next three weeks, instead of making a New Year's resolution, think about articulating a vision for the kind of life that would give you joy. You might never win the lottery, or make partner, or be on the NYT bestsellers list, or have Steven R. McQueen as your devoted love-slave, but you can decide what matters to you in life and put your time and energy into BEING a person who spends time and energy that way.

Oh, and Steven R. McQueen should TOTALLY play Trevor in the Ganzfield movies. *sigh*

Happy Weekend!


Eliza Faith said...

A published writer : )

Disgruntled Bear said...

It's pretty cool, I gotta say. :)

Vicki Rocho said...

I wrote this really long rambly answer...but I'm going to keep it uber simple.

I want to be HAPPY. And I want to keep growing, so I'd also like to be a LEARNER.

LS said...

I want to write novels; therefore I want to BE a published writer. I already AM a writer. :)
(And technically I'm published but not with a novel.)

You rock. Love this post.

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thanks for posting, Vicki and LS! I thought I might've scared people away with all the deepness. :)

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