Get a start at being proactive!

October 17, 2018

 
Schedule time in your life to reflect on the questions below.

This exercise may take you a few hours or a few weeks.  Considering printing and carrying these questions with you to increase your awareness and develop personal insights. If so inclined, a daily meditation or reflection focusing on one question each day can be very powerful.  As insights begin to form jot them down in a journal.

 

What is my purpose?
  • What is your reason for existence? Why are you on earth?
  • Answer the question “why?” rather than just describing your role or your activities.
  • Consider that you have a deep and noble purpose—a significant purpose—that inspires excitement and commitment, makes life and work energizing and helps you stay the course when things get tough.
When I see my future, what do I see? 

 

  • Close your eyes and visualize a picture of your future. Don’t be vague, such as “being great” be specific. Try to actually see and feel and hear what your idealized future is.
  • Focus on what you want to create, not what you want to get rid of.
  • Think proactive, not reactive.
  • Focus on the end result, not the process for getting there.
 
Who do I serve? What is my constituency?
  • Life is like a collection of bank accounts and each has a certain value.
  • Who and what do you serve?
  • You may serve people like your spouse, your children, co-workers, friends, and clients, even yourself.
  • You may serve beliefs or strong values like your God, career, financial security or a commitment to community politics.
  • You may serve activities like the work you do, church, physical fitness, learning or love of travel.
What do I value?
  • What beliefs do you hold deeply?
  • What defines what is fundamentally important in your life?
  • What values do you believe you need to consistently act on to fulfill your life?
How am I uniquely talented?
  • What ways of thinking, feeling or behaving bring energy to your life?
  • What activities energize and strengthen you?
  • What behavior patterns make you effective?
  • What thought patterns make you efficient?
  • What attitudes sustain your efforts toward achievement and excellence?
  • What intrinsic motivations propel you to act and maintain the energy needed to achieve?
  • Completing the Gallup Clifton Strength Finder is an excellent way to help you discover and define your talents
  • What is your reason for existence? Why are you on earth?
  • Answer the question “why?” rather than just describing your role or your activities
  • Consider that you have a deep and noble purpose—a significant purpose—that inspires excitement and commitment, makes life and work energizing and helps you stay the course when things get tough.
When I see my future, what do I see?
  • Close your eyes and visualize a picture of your future. Don’t be vague, such as “being great” be specific. Try to actually see and feel and hear what your idealized future is.
  • Focus on what you want to create, not what you want to get rid of.
  • Think proactive, not reactive.
  • Focus on the end result, not the process for getting there.
Who do I serve? What is my constituency?
  • Life is like a collection of bank accounts and each has a certain value.
  • Who and what do you serve?
  • You may serve people like your spouse, your children, co-workers, friends, and clients, even yourself.
  • You may serve beliefs or strong values like your God, career, financial security or a commitment to community politics.
  • You may serve activities like the work you do, church, physical fitness, learning or love of travel.
What do I value?
  • What beliefs do you hold deeply?
  • What defines what is fundamentally important in your life?
  • What values do you believe you need to consistently act on to fulfill your life?
How am I uniquely talented?
  • What ways of thinking, feeling or behaving bring energy to your life?
  • What activities energize and strengthen you?
  • What behavior patterns make you effective?
  • What thought patterns make you efficient?
  • What attitudes sustain your efforts toward achievement and excellence?
  • What intrinsic motivations propel you to act and maintain the energy needed to achieve?
  • Completing the Gallup Clifton Strength Finder is an excellent way to help you discover and define your talents.

ABOUT SCOTT GEDDIS

 

Scott is the founder and president of Inspired Engagement.

Inspired Engagement was founded to support his desire to have a positive impact on the world and inspire others to do the same by helping them become more of who they already are. Scott combines his skills as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator with over 40 years of organizational and educational leadership experience to help organizations and individuals create significant, sustainable, strengths-based change.

 

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