One of those days, when I pause and introspect
One of those moments, I take stock of life’s true aspects
How much love and happiness I have accrued, how much in return I ‘ve spread
There’re dreams that I fulfilled while some just faded and withered
How much I have achieved and how much more is left
The essence of life so far journeyed, the search of soul that lies ahead
One of those days, when I feel special and blessed
I am grateful to God and all of you who incite this smile
Filled with sense of pride for the goals I have met
When I sit here today to reminisce and reflect!
If feels great this moment, there is peace, quietude, sense of achievement…but can this be a permanent state of mind!
I have been mulling over this until I stepped out of an exhaustive two days’ workshop conducted on the understanding and imbibing of our organization’s Vision, Mission and goals. We almost pledged with hand on our heart to live by each and every word of it.
Later, I was complementing at the amount of seriousness and focus our organization attributes to its values and the sense of pride we take to live by them.
What about us as individuals. How earnestly do we take our lives?
If it is the most important and valuable project to us, have we set a clear vision, mission and goal for ourselves. Isn’t it imperative to replicate this wisdom to our lives at large….
So I started working on this new premise and I conceived my strategy around life more formally, using the same format that we do while making organization’s strategy…..
To transform my life’s journey from ‘Living’ to ‘Winning’!
I will enhance my self-worth, stature and contribution towards all the important stakeholders of my life by refining myself personally, professionally and spiritually in order to create a mutually Win-Win endeavor for all.
Myself- My mind, body and soul- (Self-actualization, health and internal bliss)
Family & Friends- My spouse, children, close family and friends.
Career- My goals towards my occupation, organization, leaders, team members
Society- A section of society which needs support and abetting
I had taken following set of goals to be evaluated and reviewed after every year.
- Myself- To feel blessed, fulfilled, physically fit and one with my soul-
- To learn and practice new realms.
- To publish my poetry.
- To be regular on physical fitness regime. Right eating.
- Spiritual connect for quietness and internal bliss.
- To be an adored and respected mother, spouse and kin to those in the family who have contributed in my journey.
- To be an admired and respected professional for quality of work and value I bring by my contribution.
- To engage and support my best to a cause towards society.
Being a corporate employee for a while now, I knew you can’t sustain for long by just making powerful statements. It was important therefore to develop a methodology to measure my success on same. To assess that I am making progress on my vision and mission of life.
After a lot of serious deliberation and some consultation with people in family and colleagues I trust,
I concluded as follows.…
The technique to measure if I have met my first personal goals is- When I look at the woman in the mirror, I see an image I revere, respect and adore. I see a person who has lived a life giving her best , have no regrets and yet so much desire to learn and contribute more.
When it comes to goals with respect to my family/friends, my stakeholders are the customers who should rate my performance. If they confirm that my presence and contribution has made a positive difference to their lives and achievement of their important goals…I am home.
Career goals are easy to measure- Top box performance rating and results in each role.
My goal towards society is under planning and deliberation. I have an outline and imagery in my mind, however I have to assign and commence in a specific timeline.
Before you start judging me for my strategy and goals or may find this entire exercise a little dramatic….My simple message to all is- it has really helped me crystallize and affirm important objectives of my life with an immense clarity ( However ingenuous they may sound). All this while, these thoughts were there in my mind but obscure and hazy. Having deciphered and documented them is like making a commitment to myself that I stand avowed to fulfil.