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5 Steps to Make Your Vision for a Balanced Life Possible

August 9, 2011 4 comments

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So many of us struggle with how to have focus in our life and how to find better balance with work and family, and other things we care about.  Following are some steps that I find works best:

Step 1: Define Your Vision

Know what you want in life (&/or what you are called to do) as a mother / wife / family member, as a professional, and as a person (we are more than just our roles of Mom, Wife, and Professional!). Listen to your heart, identify what you get excited and passionate about, talk with people who care about and know you well.  You may find that taking some assessments, doing reflection activities, or even working with a coach can help you find clarity in this step.  The key is to be confident in what you define, write it down, and keep it somewhere where you can review it often. So many people fail in this step and find themselves blown around by other forces instead of creating their own life force by defining what is important, what you want, and creating a vision of what that looks like.

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The Perfect Storm for Happiness at Work

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Are you happy at work?  Do your clients speak of their own happiness?  Do your clients increasingly express interest in finding meaning and happiness in their work?

We may just be in the fortunate position to witness and thrive in a Happiness at Work Perfect Storm; a set of conditions that makes workplace happiness possible in partnership with organizational productivity and outcomes.

At the Fall 2010 Colorado Career Development Association conference, Mark Guterman shared about the Changing Paradigm of Work.  He spoke of how work in the late 20th to 21st century is all about mind and heart coordination compared to emphasis on eye & mind coordination or hand and eye coordination from earlier in the 20th century.  Several conditions contributing to this new paradigm can be observed.

A more foundational condition relates to how the chasm between traditional science and spiritually opposing perspectives is shrinking.


Recent scientific explanations about how the brain works speaks to many of the same concepts as spirituality and holistic human views have long demonstrated.  For example, the 2004 award-winning documentary, What the BLEEP Do We Know draws from quantum physics to demonstrate the power of the brain to understand and even influence reality (scientific perspective).  In comparison, the best-selling book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne describes the law of attraction, the power of the mind to attract wealth, health, and happiness (spirituality perspective).

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Book Review: Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed by Rich Feller

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Knowledge Nomads and the Nervously Employed: Workplace Change & Courageous Career Choices

by Rich Feller

I had the pleasure to be in a class taught by Rich Feller, a distinguished professor of counseling and career development at Colorado State University.  He’s one of those profs of which people will say, “Oh, did you get to have Feller?” because he is so great at teaching, is passionate, shares so much of himself, has a huge impact on the lives of his students, and is no longer teaching.

I was in a class during his last semester of teaching (lucky me) about career concepts in organizations as part of my masters program focusing on organizational performance and change.  This was one of the books he assigned for our reading.  He wrote it in something like 17 days (granted, it is a relatively small book, but still!) in prep for a presentation he was giving.

This book is a fast and enjoyable read. So enjoyable and “right on” in fact, that I bought an extra copy to have on hand to share with others (“no, you can’t borrow mine, but I do have an extra”).   It provides insight into the changing nature of the employee due to globalization and technology impacts with insights into how schools will need to adapt to better prepare people to survive and thrive in this new global knowledge-focused and technology-driven environment. I recommend this to people who have responsibility for talent pipelines and for individuals who are thoughtful about future employability and viability.

…education must revamp its subject matter and teaching methods so that rigor and relevance are not competing goals. (p 32)

Further, this work offers organizational change agents 12 questions to tangibly measure the organization and it’s employees’ mutual effectiveness. (p 85)

The true democracy, living and growing and inspiriting…will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.” – JFK (p 131)