Are You Living Your Life with Vision and Purpose?


Are things in your life going as you want, need and desire? Are you living your life with passion and purpose? Are you clear about your goals and are you laser-focused on accomplishing them? Creating a vision and purpose for all areas of your life is absolutely mission critical for life success. Here are some strategies I use to think about and develop my vision and purpose. I hope you find at least one useful tip here that helps you along your journey!

First, think about what you do NOT want in your life. That’s right. It’s one of the few times I’ll recommend thinking about what you do not want. Get a clear picture of this and really feel the feelings about what you don’t want.

Second, think about the opposite of the above. Think about what you DO want in your life. Create the polar opposite in your mind and really feel what it would be like if you had what you wanted.

Third, now, think about all areas of your life and where you want to spend MORE quality time. Some areas to get you thinking include:

  • YOU
  • Spouse
  • Friends
  • Family/Children
  • Job or career
  • Hobby or interest
  • Reading
  • Exercising
  • Nurturing your soul
  • Spending time on community activities
  • Traveling
  • Sleeping
Fourth, determine what you want to spend LESS time doing. Some areas to think about include:
  • Fewer hours late at the office
  • Fewer hours on paperwork (touch it once)
  • Fewer hours attending events I don’t enjoy
  • Fewer hours cleaning house
  • Fewer hours doing laundry
  • Fewer hours with people you don’t enjoy
  • Fewer house watching television
  • Fill in your item here…
Fifth, find ways to create more time for the things that matter. Some strategies to consider include:
  • 80/20 rule
  • Unload low priority stuff
  • Delegate
  • Start a list
  • Save time by doing similar tasks at the same time (bills, phone calls, bundle errands, cook ahead)
  • Use technology (shop by mail or web)
  • Eliminate interruptions
  • Get up earlier
  • Buy time
One exercise I STRONGLY recommend is the tombstone test. Answering these questions helps clarify your values and goals. You can then take the above information and ensure congruence with your goals.
1.The tombstone test (The    –    )
  • When I am gone, what would I like my tombstone to say about me?
  • How would I like people to remember me in life?
  • What would I have liked to have accomplished in life?
2. Five-ish years to live

  • If you had just five more years to live, would you spend the time you have left any differently than the way you are spending it now?
  • If yes, what would you do that is different? Would you stay at your job? Would you live where you live? Would you finally call you mother? Etc…

“Live each day as if it was your last because someday you’re going to be right.” – Anonymous

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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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