The purpose of this assignment is to help you first think through the values that are important to you, the ones that keep reoccurring in your personal and professional life that shape your decisions and behaviors. These values become the building blocks to then help you craft a vision for your life and formulate ideas about the pathway, or the mission, that will help you get there.
Take your time to go through each section completely. Answer the questions assigned. Do the activities assigned. Creatively, thoughtfully and with time to reflect, review the prompts in each section, answer the questions as indicated and then craft a response. Don’t overthink each section. However, don’t rush through them either. You will use this format and hand this in when completed.
Take some deep breaths. Set aside a quiet place to think and process what is going on inside of you as work through this assignment.
For many of you this is the first time you have thought about what you truly value, what is important to you and why or how your values are connected to the preferred picture you have for your life. This is a first draft so be patient with yourself. Over time, and as you grow and gain new life experiences, your values will become more nuanced, your vision may become clearer and your mission may adapt to new realities. It is an adaptive, ongoing refining process that you are taking the first steps into!
If you need to refresh your thinking about the difference between a vision, mission and values, watch this video again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5L8dNw5PF0
PART 1: WHAT ARE MY CORE VALUES?
Discovering what is really important to me
Discover your core values by working through the following mindful questions. By the end you should have 5 core values that reflect what is most important to you. Take time to think, reflect and write in each section before you write down your values. You will then be creating a vision representation of each value.
Step 1: Identify the times when you were happiest:
EXAMPLE 1: THIS IS HOW NOT TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION
What were you doing?
I was skydiving
Were you with other people? Who?
Yes, with my friends.
What other factors contributed to your happiness?
We were together and I like being with my friends.
EXAMPLE 2: THIS IS HOW TO PROPERLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION
The times when I was the happiest was when I was skydiving with my friends, and I believe this is because we were doing something fun together and I value community.
(Note that in the second example you are still answering the questions in Step 1 but using proper APA academic style of writing using complete sentences.)
Step 2: Identify the times when you were most proud:
Why were you proud?
Did other people share your pride? Who? What did they do to show you that?
What other factors contributed to your feelings of pride?
Step 3: Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied:
What need or desire was fulfilled?
How and why did the experience give your life meaning?
What other factors contributed to your feelings of fulfillment?
Need some inspiration? Check out this short video clip by Erica Olsen to inspire you as you consider writing your vision statement
Step 4: Looking back at these three questions, what words, ideas or feelings seem to re-occur? Any themes? Circle or highlight those reoccurring feelings or words. Take note of especially strong feelings or reactions. Ask yourself, “why is each experience truly important and memorable?”
Then use the following list of common personal values to help you get started – and eventually aim for 5 top values. (As you work through, you may find that some of these naturally combine. For instance, if you value philanthropy, community, and generosity, you might say that service to others is one of your top values.) Look for themes or common ideas that keep surfacing in these values and explain in your own words what this value means to you:
For example…here is someone’s explanation of why truth is an important value to them and what truth actually means to them.
For Example: “ Truth: Some people are skilled liars. I am not. I function best when people are direct and honest. I make it clear in conversation and in writing that truth is necessary in my world, no matter how painful. This is probably why I thrive as a New Yorker.” https://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/define-your-personal-core-values-5-steps.html Image retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veritas
LIST OF VALUES TO CONSIDER
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Acceptance Accomplishment Accountability Accuracy Achievement Adaptability Alertness Altruism Ambition Amusement Assertiveness Attentive Awareness
Balance Beauty Boldness Bravery Brilliance Calm
Candor Capable Careful Certainty Challenge Charity
Clarity Cleanliness Clear Clever Comfort Commitment Common sense Community Compassion Competence Concentration Confidence Connection Consciousness Consistency Contentment Contribution Control Conviction Cooperation Courage Courtesy Creation Creativity Credibility Curiosity Decisiveness Decisiveness Dedication Dependability Determination Devotion Dignity Discipline Discovery Drive Effectiveness Efficiency
Empathy Empower Endurance Enjoyment Enthusiasm Equality Ethical Excellence Experience
Exploration Expressive Fairness Family Famous Fearless Feelings Ferocious Fidelity Focus Foresight Fortitude Freedom Friendship Fun Generosity Genius Giving Goodness
Grace Gratitude Greatness Growth Happiness Hard work Harmony Health Honesty Honor Hope Humility
Imagination Improvement Independence Individuality Innovation Inquisitive Insightful Inspiring Integrity Intelligence Intensity Intuitive Irreverent Joy Justice Kindness Knowledge Lawful Leadership Learning Liberty Logic Love Loyalty Maturity Meaning Motivation Openness Optimism Order Organization Originality Passion Patience Peace
Performance Persistence Playfulness Poise Potential Power
Present Productivity Professionalism Prosperity Purpose Quality Realistic Reason Recognition Recreation Reflective Respect Responsibility Restraint Results-oriented Reverence Rigor Risk Satisfaction Security Self-reliance Selfless Sensitivity Serenity Service Sharing Significance Silence Simplicity Sincerity Skill Skillfulness Smart Solitude Spirit Spirituality
Spontaneous Stability Status Stewardship Strength Structure Success Support Surprise Sustainability Talent
Teamwork Temperance Thankful Thorough Thoughtful Timeliness Tolerance Toughness Traditional Tranquility Transparency Trust Trustworthy Truth Understanding Uniqueness Unity Valor Victory Vigor Vision
Wealth Welcoming Winning Wisdom Wonder
Step 5: Visualize for your values. What colours, symbols or pictures represent these values? Are they in a line or circle, in the shape of a hand print or something else? Be creative. Have them reflect who you are now, not what you aspire to be. List your 5 values here along with any descriptions, images, photos, music that represent those values to you. (If you want to create a visual in another program, feel free to attach your values visual to this document when uploading to the moodle).
PART 2: WHAT IS THE VISION I HAVE FOR MY LIFE?
Crafting a vision worth getting out of bed for.
This statement reflects your preferred vision of the future, what you desire, not what you predict. It reflects your dreams. It should be broader than the present. As yourself – what motivates you? Consider this question as you think about your future. It should be a picture of where you see yourself, maybe 5 or ten years from now. It should reflect your values and your mission.
A vision statement isn’t to be confused with goals. It is not the steps but rather it is what you will see your life might be like in the future. It should be about 2-3 sentences at most. Read it over several times to see if it feels right, is a good fit for you and what you aspire to do in the world. You can begin with one of these sentences:
My vision will be……
It may take several sentences to get to the heart of what your vision looks and feels like. Be patient. Likely you will refine it over the weeks and months ahead. Consider this attempt your first fabulous draft of articulating a vision worth getting out of bed in the morning for!
Vision Statement Examples:
“I want to touch the lives of as many people as possible — millions and millions — empowering them to achieve personal and career happiness and success. I plan to achieve this career vision through one-on-one learning situations (teaching and coaching), creating and publishing empowering and uplifting Web content (career, college success, wellness), and developing and leading inspiring workshops.”
“I believe I will become the manager of a restaurant, providing excellent food and service to my customers, while respecting and managing a top-notch staff. I will accomplish this goal by working my way up the ladder and proving my determination and expertise to the ownership group while gaining the respect of my co-workers.” http://www.quintcareers.com/vision_statement_samples.html.
My Vision Statement…
PART 3: WHAT IS THE MISSION I BELIEVE I AM MEANT
TO ACCOMPLISH WHILE HERE ON EARTH?
Charting a pathway filled with adventure
Your mission statement should be a succinct and brief one or two sentences that you can remember that provides direction for your life. To write your mission statement, review your core values and choose verbs (action words) to create your statement. Again, be patient with yourself. Your mission may adjust as new realities and revelations happen in your life. It may be refined over several months or years.
Here are some sample mission statements:
i. “I live to serve my talents as communicator, artist, and independent businesswoman. I create balance in work, play, and community. I inspire those I interact with.” http://www.franklincovey.com/msb/inspired/anonymous
ii. “To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” Denise Morrison, CEO, Campbell Soup Company
iii. “To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.” Amanda Steinberg, Founder, Dailyworth.com http://www.fastcompany.com/3026791/dialed/personal-mission-statements-of-5-famous-ceos-and-why-you-should-write-one-to
You can use one of the following ways to start your sentence:
i. My mission is to…
ii. I believe…
iii. I live to…
Need some inspiration? Check out this short video clip by Dan Heath about how NOT to have a mission statement that sucks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJhG3HZ7b4o
My Mission Statement…
GRADING RUBRIC: (10 points weighted at 5% of final grade)
Grading Rubric for Critical Thinking, Reflection and Application (5 pts):
|Emerging (0-1pts)||Developing (2-3 pts)||Mastering (4-5 pts)|
|Students respond to question(s) with a basic understanding of the question(s), little to no critical thinking, little to any application of ideas, little to any use of supporting evidence or examples.||Students demonstrate some understanding of the questions(s), some critical thinking, application of basic ideas, and use of evidence (citations and/ or personal examples).||Students demonstrate exemplary understanding of the question (s) advanced use of critical thinking, application of ideas and use of evidence (citations and/ or personal examples).|
Grading Rubric for Composition, Creativity and Style (5 pts):
|Emerging (0-1pts)||Developing (2-3 pts)||Mastering (4-5pts)|
|Sequence of ideas is difficult to follow, no clear point, poor word choice, no or poorly used source text (doesn’t use “they say/ I say” pattern). Little creativity in language, expression or presentation evident.||Logical sequence of ideas that is fairly easy to follow; clear points’ fairly good word choice; fairly well used source text (makes some use of the “they say/ I say” pattern). Some creativity in expression, language and presentation evident.||Exemplary organization of ideas that is very easy to follow; strong points, well-chosen words, very thoughtful use of the source text (uses “they say/ I say” pattern). Thoughtful use of creativity in presentation, content, language and expression of ideas.|
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