The Place to Live

The Place to Live DiagramAs we travel through life, and we are only travelling, we have a choice of how we spend our time. Time is our most precious resource. Time is limited. There is only 24 hours in a day, there is only 7 days in a week and 52 weeks in a year. So what are you doing with your time? Is it fulfilling your dreams and passions? Are you living your life with meaning?

If you answer ‘No” to any of the above questions, then you are not alone. But what can you do about it? If you want to live a life with meaning then you can conduct a review. Organisations spend time developing a strategy direction and so can you. There are four areas that I review each year to choose my direction. These areas are Dreams, Passions, Strengths and Needs.

First there is Dreams… I am not talking about what you may do in your sleep. I am talking about what is your vision for your life and your world. What would your ideal world look like? Your dreams are things that not just a good idea, but things that motivate you to action. What is it that you would like in your ideal world to look like?

Second is Passions… What is it that you enjoy to do? What are the activities that you participate in and lose track of time? What is it that you could talk with like minded people for hours on end? Your passions are those things that you would do even if you had to pay to do it. What is it that you enjoy?

Third is your Strengths… What are you good at? What is it that people see you as a subject matter expert? What are the things that people keep asking you to do? What are the things that you can do with your eyes closed or in your sleep? What do you receive compliments for? What are you good at?

Forth there is Need… What does your community need or want? This is focused on the market place. This need and want could be something that the community is willing to pay for or it may be something that you do as a volunteer. What does your community need or want?

Through reviewing all four areas, Dreams, Passions, Strengths and Needs, you will find is that some areas will overlap each other. There will be areas that are aligned with your Dreams and Passions, however if it is not a strength, you may need to work on that and if it is not a need then it is not going to be welcomed.

What you are looking for is the place that all four overlap each other. I call this “The Place to Live”. it is an place that you will be living with purpose, you will be enjoying your life, you will work with ease and there will be people whose life you will be impacting. In addition to loving life you will be making a positive difference in the world.

Over time you will find that the circles will move. You Dreams will change, your Passions will change, your Strengths will develop and grow, and the Needs in the community will change. That is why this process is something that you will need to do on a regular basis. You will need to ensure that you adapt your life in terms of your Dreams, Passions, Strengths and the community Needs.

 

First Published on LinkedIn on 11 February 2016

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