Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In the beginning.... Finding Your North Star

Isn't that interesting. You are probably wondering what on earth is meant by your 'North Star'. You are right to be perplexed because the concept holds such potential for your life experience.

 I didn't have a clue how I would start writing this morning. Then these words came to me and I'm thinking how fortunate we are that we are gifted with new beginnings every morning we wake to a new day, a new field of opportunity, a new blank canvas that is ours to paint how ever we want.

Today is the first day my friend April and I have committed to be accountability buddies... to have a brief conversation at 5:30 am, setting our individual intentions for the day, and just in doing that, we are being accountable to ourselves. And this starts the night before. Not engaging in those late night activities that would shorten our sleep time. So for me, it's choosing sleep over scrabble games after 10pm. This is good. Very good.

In prepping myself to write "The Sacred Heart of Leadership" I've been looking over a manual I wrote almost 20 years ago, on the same subject. Leading a full schedule of discussion groups and workshops, I taught a class in leadership that empowered others to also lead groups in a spiritually oriented consciousness.

So, it feels appropriate this morning to write briefly about a process that really helps, and helped, me get clear. My friend Don Havis came up with this almost 30 years ago when we were working in the self esteem movement here in California. Akin to Steven Covey's work, Don offered this format, pattern, habit, process, what ever you want to call it, for getting clear, setting our intentions, our 'North Star'.

VISION: How do you see the most perfect world? What does a 'perfect world' look like in your eyes? What does your immediate 'perfect world' look like?

PURPOSE: Why did God make you. Why are you here? What is your pure reason for being?

MISSION: How are you going to actualize your purpose within your vision? Are you a social worker, artists, volunteer? What are your talents, not just the 'job' you do, but what are the deeply seeded gifts and talents you possess?

GOALS: What are your next steps towards realizing, bringing into actualization, your Mission, Purpose, and Vision?

Each one of these topics could be a book in itself. But, this is a good starting off point for my writing. I am setting my intention to create this time every morning to meditate, study, and write.

Namaste and Sweet Blessings


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