Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Life Purpose Vision

By Marianne Weidlein

"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and
creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely
commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have
occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in
one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and
material assistance, which no many could have dreamt would come his
way." W.H. Murray


When self-employed, you quickly learn that your actions shape your
life. Whether you thrive is up to you, and your lifestyle is the result
of the money you generate.

You have the right, the power, and the resources to create what you
want. Begin by being clear and releasing fear, self-limiting attitudes
and patterns. Allow yourself to visualize your dream, uncensored by the
restrictions and conditioning from your past. Clarify your purpose,
function, and vision, strategize the right plan, offer your service to
those who are ready to buy, and you will succeed. Now you will begin
with your Life Purpose Vision. If needed, ask your friend to help draw out
your vision by asking additional probing questions based on your responses.

Complete this activity any time you want to:

- Focus your goals over a long period of time
- Clarify your purpose, function, or vision
- Review your long-term goals.

1. Purpose. What do you think is the fundamental purpose of your life?
If you are not sure, what is your best guess? Your purpose should
reflect why you believe you are alive for your own development, rather
than for others.

2. Function. Based on your purpose, what do you think is your function
in society?

3. Peak of Success Vision. In the same reflective mood, consider the
point in your life at which you could be at the peak of your success.
How old will you be? If you don't know, be playful and guess.

Now, consider the quality of life you want for yourself at that time.
Answer in complete sentences. Visualize how you want to be living and
experience how you want to feel. Describe:

- Where you live
- Your home environment and the people with whom you live
- Service, career and business
- Financial matters
- Professional support network
- Family, friendships and other relationships
- Your spare time and private time
- Your personal needs, health and well-being
- Spirituality
- Your modes of creative self-expression
- How you are empowered
- Above everything else, what do you want from your life?

When you have finished your vision, using a planning chart, write the
titles of each category above in the spaces provided. Identify key
elements of your vision, then write them in abbreviated terms in the
appropriate category.

4. Support. How do you believe you are supported to fulfill your
purpose, function, and vision? When you want support, from where do you
seek it? When you don't feel supported, what do you do? Determine the
effectiveness of this strategy. How do you want to feel supported? What
will you do to experience the support you want?

5. Limitations. List and describe the self-limiting beliefs, fears, and
patterns, by which you currently feel inhibited. (Example: I fear
rejection, so I don't reach out. and stay stuck.) How does this affect
your ability to succeed? Identify what you are ready to change and
explain how you will accomplish it. With what will you replace these

6. Shadow. What need, desire or aspect of personality, do you most
suppress or fear? For example, do you fear your anger? Or do you
suppress positive attributes, such as sensitivity or love. (If you are
not sure, ask someone close to you for help.) Why do you suppress or
fear this? Explain how suppressing this affects you. Determine how you
will stop suppressing it, and how to allow greater freedom of
expression, and describe how you will feel. Describe how your life purpose,
function, and vision will be enhanced.

7. Resources. List your internal strengths and resources and explain
how they empower you. Review this list. Determine if anything is
missing, and how you will acquire it. List your external resources and,
next to each, explain how it is supportive. Review your list and
determine needed resources, and explain how you will utilize them.
Include costs and dates when appropriate.

8. Conclusion. How do you feel now? Why? Describe what you have gained
from this visioning. Write a commitment statement to yourself and to
your purpose, function, and vision. Read it daily. Share it with your
mentors and the people closest to you, so that they are better able to
support you.

About the Author: Article written by author, mentor,
facilitator Marianne Weidlein

You can also find Marianne Weidlein listed in the Find a Life Coach,
Life Coaching directory

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