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Title: Creating a Purposeful, Passionate Life in Higher Education

Creating a Purposeful, Passionate Life inHigher
Bill Johnson, Retreat Facilitator Educational
Support Services Northern Arizona
University August 6-7, 2013
Inspirational Poem
  • So, Why Am I In College?

Workshop Overview
  • Day 1 Know Thyself
  • Day 2 Visionary Living
  • Most Important Questions
  • Who am I?
  • Who am I meant to be?
  • What am I meant to do?

A little bit about me
  • Job title Student Success Coordinator, Personal
    Development Coach, and Instructor
  • What I do
  • Teach
  • HHS125 (current)
  • HHS126, HHS130, HHS250 (proposed)
  • Workshops (Find Your Why, Visionary Living,
    Dream-Filled Life)
  • Conferences (Educating for Purpose, Inspiring for
  • Other Weekly Journaling, Meditation for Staff,
    Life Coaching

Retreat Guidelines
  • Engage fully allow yourself to be fully present
    for the two days.
  • Be attentive to time, since we are on a set
    schedule for breaks, lunch, and the end.
  • Be mindful of equal sharing of time for self and
    for others.
  • Please turn off cell phones, tablets, laptops,
  • Have fun!
  • Anything else?

Before we begin
  • On the index card, write down your name at the
    top, then your thought to the following
  • What do you hope to learn, discover, achieve,
    and/or realize by the end of this retreat?
  • Complete the following statement
  • My intention for the two days

Paper Mingle
  • Exercise to connect with others.
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • Promotes genuine conversations.
  • Provided by my dear friend Marin Burton
  • Rules
  • Find a partner.
  • Each person share his or her question.
  • When both have shared, exchange questions.
  • Raise hand to find next partner.

Quick thoughts
  • Answer Yes or No (to yourself)
  • Do you feel inspired getting out of bed every
  • Do you create something more significant than the
    services you provide?
  • Do you care more about doing the job right or
    getting the job done?
  • Are you on a trajectory to be better tomorrow
    than you are today? Do you feel the same about
    your unit, department, or the college in general?
  • Do you live your life based on something bigger
    than yourself professionally and/or personally?

Inspirational Video
  • So, what are your thoughts about education?
  • Bring on the Learning Revolution
  • Sir Ken Robinson
  • (Space for reflection and notes on page 4)

Why Purpose and Passion?
  • About 80 of college students not sure what they
    want to major in even those in declared majors.
  • Over 75 of college students want help finding
    their purpose. (http//
  • Between 50 and 60 of college students change
    their major at least once. (http//
  • About 40 of college students around country
    graduate from college (30 bachelors degree, 10
    associates degree). (http//
  • According to Gallup, about 70 of employees are
    either not engaged or actively disengaged at
    work. (http//

Why Purpose and Passion?
  • At UNCG
  • 76 of students are retained from Year 1 to Year
  • Graduation Rates
  • Four year 29
  • Five Year 49
  • Six Year 54
  • Approximately 50 of students change their major
    at least once during their college career.

Exercise How I Am
  • The exercise, How I Am
  • Located on page 4 and 5 of the workbook.
  • Provides an initial opportunity for you to
    reflect on your life at the present.
  • Challenges you to think about the important
    things in your work and life.
  • The goal is to complete as much of the exercise
    as you desire over the next 10-15 minutes.

How I Am Reflection
  • Find a partner (someone you dont know well) and
    talk about these questions
  • What did you learn about yourself from this
  • How did you feel as you completed the sentences?
  • Was there a question that really challenged you?
  • Based on your answers, what do you hope to
  • At this retreat?
  • In your work and in your life?

Inspirational Quote
  • All of us are born for a reason, but all of us
    dont discover why. Success in life has nothing
    to do with what you gain in life or accomplish
    for yourself. Its what you do for others.
  • Danny Thomas, founder, St. Judes Hospital

Exercise Kick-Ass Questions
  • Prime the Pump.
  • Free Write Exercise.
  • Seven sets of questions.
  • One minute time limit for each question.
  • Write the first thoughts that comes to mind
    (usually most raw and most honest).

Question Set 1
  • What am I really good at doing?
  • What comes really easy for me?
  • What activities make me feel like
  • Im in the flow?

Question Set 2
  • Who do I admire most?
  • Who inspires me?
  • Who do I envy?
  • Why?

Question Set 3
  • When am I my authentic self?
  • When am I most genuine?
  • When do I feel like the real me?

Question Set 4
  • What pisses me off about the world?
  • What drives me crazy?
  • What do I want to change in the world?

Question Set 5
  • Who do I want to help most?
  • Who can I make the biggest impact upon?
  • Who can benefit most from my help?
  • Why?

Question Set 6
  • If I were given unlimited resources,
  • how would I choose to contribute?
  • If I were given 1,000,000 to give away,
  • how would I distribute the money?

Question Set 7
  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • What do I want my legacy to be?
  • What would I want people to say
  • about me at my funeral?

Kick-Ass Reflection
  • What do you notice about your answers?
  • Do your answers
  • Relate to the work youre doing on a daily
    basis (within your organization, volunteer work,
  • Reflect how you are living your life right now on
    a personal level?
  • Reveal what you want to do and/or how you want to
    be in the future?

Inspirational video
  • What drives your life on a daily basis?
  • Whats most important to you?
  • Rick and Dick Hoyt
  • The Story of Team Hoyt

Exercise Values Tags
  • Value Tags
  • Answers the question, What are THE MOST
    IMPORTANT things in my life right now?
  • Your values are the principles, standards, and
    qualities you consider worthwhile or desirable.
  • Values typically guide your actions and decisions
    on a daily basis.
  • Your values are an integral part of your purpose,
    since both values and purpose are at the core of
    how you live every day.

Bills Top Values
  1. Fitness/Health
  2. Personal Development /Growth
  3. Wisdom
  4. Knowledge/Learning/Education
  5. Spirituality
  6. Family
  1. Creativity/Self-Expression
  2. Friendship
  3. Accomplishment/ Achievement
  4. Expertise
  5. Integrity
  6. Harmony

Value Questions
  • Why are these particular seven values most
    important to you?
  • What is (are) the biggest challenge living your
    life according to your top values?
  • How are your current choices and actions aligned
    with your values for better or for worse?
  • Now that youve identified your most important
    values, how might they impact your life in the

Living Statements
  • Your living statements are words and sentences
    that guide your life. It may be the words that
    define your job/career/calling/vocation and/or
    your actions and decisions on a daily basis. By
    the end of today, you will create the following
  • Life Motto (how you want to live every day)
  • Mission Statement (heartfelt work that impact

Characteristics of Statements
  • Original. These are your words that describe
    you, not the words of what you think others would
    like to hear.
  • Personal. It describes how YOU really want to
    live your life on a daily basis.
  • Emotional (in a positive way). When you read it
    and say it, it brings a smile to your face and
    joy to your heart.
  • Purposeful. It gets you excited to get out of
    bed every day and compels you to do something

Characteristics of Statements
  • Descriptive. When you say it to yourself, it
    really describes you. When other people hear it,
    they say, Yep, thats you!
  • Easy to remember. Your statements should be easy
    to say and easy to remember. You want statements
    that rolls off your tongue easily.
  • Everlasting. Your statements could be the words
    that describe your legacy - may even be the words
    you would want written on your tombstone!

Exercise Impactful Words
  • 4 screens of impactful words.
  • 33 words per screen.
  • These are words that
  • Are important to you.
  • Describes you or others use to describe you.
  • Resonates with you most.
  • Could be related to your values and strengths.
  • In your workbook (p. 8), choose 3-6 words from
    each screen that appeal to you the most.

Impact Words 1
  • Abundance
  • Acceptance
  • Accomplish
  • Achievement
  • Adventure
  • Appreciate
  • Attractiveness
  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Beauty
  • Believe
  • Change
  • Children
  • Choice
  • Clarity
  • Comfort
  • Communication
  • Community
  • Compassion

Impactful Words 2
  • Environment
  • Equality
  • Excellence
  • Excitement
  • Experimentation
  • Exploration
  • Facilitate
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Forgiveness
  • Freedom
  • Friendship
  • Fun
  • Giving
  • Global
  • Goodness
  • Grace

Impactful Words 3
  • Inspire
  • Integrity
  • Intelligence
  • Joy
  • Justice
  • Kindness
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Legacy
  • Leisure
  • Lightness
  • Longevity
  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Luxury
  • Mastery
  • Motivate
  • Nature

Impactful Words 4
  • Prosperity
  • Purity
  • Purpose
  • Quality
  • Reflect
  • Relax
  • Relationships
  • Religion
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Risk
  • Security
  • Self-Control
  • Sincerity
  • Speed
  • Spirituality
  • Spontaneous
  • Sports

Impactful Words Choices
  • If you have any words that arent listed in this
    section that you would like to include, write
    them down.
  • Once you have your list of words, narrow down
    your list 4-7 words that resonate with you the
  • Circle, place a check, or write down these words.

Exercise Life Motto
  • The Life Motto
  • Describes in seven words - how you want to live
    your life every day.
  • Focuses on the present and future.
  • Inspired by the Six Word Memoir project through
    Smith Magazine.

Life Motto?
  • Why a Life Motto? (from
  • A motto is (1) a maxim adopted as an expression
    of the guiding principles of a person, and (2) a
    sentence or phrase expressing the spirit or
    purpose of a person.
  • Why seven words?
  • In numerology circles, the number 7 is seen as
    being spiritual, reflective, introspective, and
    possessing wisdom and completeness.
  • Note Write the Seven-Word Life Motto book with
    777 life mottos thats 77 pages by 7-7-2014.

Creating a Motto
  • As you review the answers to your kick-ass
    questions and your list of impactful words, pick
    out a few that stick out the most for you.
  • Your Seven-Word Life Motto can be
  • One statement
  • A series of small statements
  • Seven individual words
  • Or any combination of statements and/or words
    that work best for you.
  • If you arent sure what to write, ask for help in
    constructing your motto.

Bills Life Mottos
  • How I live my life every day
  • Dream Big. Live with Purpose. Inspire Others.
  • How I serve others in my work
  • Cultivating heartfelt purpose and dreams
  • every day.

Life Motto Examples
  • Improve myself. Strive for growth. Satisfy
  • Never be afraid to make an impact.
  • Help others. Bring about change. Show success.
  • Clearly conscious, serving God and people
  • Keep perspective. Inspire. Be joyful. Live today.
  • Live intentionally. Be for others. Cultivate
  • Persevere through challenges. Achieve success.
    Gain wisdom.
  • Make each moment inspiring with lifes beauty.
  • Ambition should be stronger than any fear.
  • Play every day. Live for each moment.

Exercise Interest Areas
  • 3 screens of areas you might be interested in
    working in or knowing more about.
  • About 25 Interests per screen.
  • Make your choices based on
  • Areas you could see as your chosen profession.
  • Things you want to learn more about or do as
    potential projects.
  • Gets you excited and inspired!
  • Might be tied to the things you value most.
  • Write down 1-3 choices from each screen that
    appeal to you the most (p. 9). Note Its okay
    if you dont choose any interests from a
    particular screen.

Interest Areas 1
  • Agriculture Animal Care/Animal Rights
  • Architecture/Gardening Art/Design/Creativity
  • Business/Entrepreneurship Clothing /Fashion
  • Communication/Broadcasting Construction/ Home
  • Counseling Dance/Creative Movement
  • Culinary Arts/Food Defense
  • Economic Development Education
  • Energy Engineering
  • Entertainment Environment/Nature
  • Family Issues Finance
  • Government/Politics Health/Nutrition
  • History Hospitality/Event Planning
  • Information Systems/Services

Interest Areas 2
  • Justice/Law/Human Rights Landscape/Plants
  • Leisure/Play/Recreation Transportation
  • Life/Health Sciences Social Media
  • Management/Administration Managing Money
  • Music Organizational Development
  • Peace/Conflict Performing Arts
  • Exercise/Fitness Philosophy
  • Physical/Natural Sciences Politics
  • Psychology Global/International Issues
  • Sales/Selling Religion/Spirituality
  • Sports Teaching
  • Technology/Computers Trade
  • Travel/Tourism

Interest Areas 3
  • Employee/Employer/Labor Issues Immigration
  • Interior Design Charities/Non-Profits
  • Children Issues (Care, Protection) Philanthropy
  • Disease Housing
  • Morals/Ethics/Character Literacy
  • Movies Personal Development
  • Life Coaching Public Safety
  • Real Estate Relationships/Sexuality
  • Research Violence/Terror
  • Volunteerism Womens Issues
  • Investigation Journalism
  • Community Development Writing/Publishing
  • Beauty Mens Issues

Interest Areas Choices
  • If you have any interest area that isnt listed
    in this section that you would like to include,
    write it down.
  • Once you have your list of interest areas, choose
    up to 3 that have the most significance for you.
  • Circle, place a check, or write down the 3 that
    resonate with you the most (p. 9).

Exercise Interest Area Statement
  • Describes the interest area(s) you would like to
    explore/investigate/learn more about in 1
  • Your sentence should encompass the following
  • Your interests area
  • Why you have an interest in that area
  • or
  • What you can provide in that area
  • When complete, write out your sentence (p. 9).
  • Note You may want to write a sentence for each
    of the areas you have chosen.

Interests Sentence Guidelines
  • Things to include in your interest area sentence
  • I am here to - I offer
  • I provide - I do
  • I share - I create
  • I facilitate
  • Remember to include
  • Your interests area
  • Why you have an interest in that area
  • or
  • What you can provide in that area
  • Remember, only 1 sentence!

Exercise Serving Others
  • 3 screens of individuals/groups of people you
    might want to help.
  • About 25 Groups per screen.
  • Make your choices based on
  • People/groups you want to impact.
  • People you want to serve.
  • Write down 1-3 choices from each screen that
    appeal to you the most (p. 10). Note Its okay
    if you dont choose any groups from a particular

Serving Others 1
  • Athletes Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Business Owners Cancer Patients
  • Small Children College Students
  • Communities/ Neighborhoods Creative People
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired Delinquents
  • Disaster Victims Elderly/Seniors
  • Entrepreneurs Females
  • People with Heart Problems Gangs
  • High School Students Homeless People
  • Business Executives Farmers
  • Middle Class Families Specific Ethnic Groups
  • People with Speech Problems People from Other
  • Kids in Foster Care Student-Focused

Serving Others 2
  • Hungry Illiterate
  • Immigrants Infants/Babies
  • Kids in Kindergarten Kids in Elementary School
  • Males Marriages
  • Mentally disabled Middle Age adults
  • Middle School Kids Minorities
  • Orphans Physically Disabled
  • Pregnant Adults Pregnant Teens
  • Raising Families (including your own) Families in
    Emotional Crisis
  • Animals Environment/Nature
  • People who want to be Healthy People looking for
  • LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered,
    Questioning, and Allied)

Serving Others 3
  • Preschool Kids Prisoners
  • Teachers/Professors Managers/Executives
  • Professionals People in Rural areas
  • People who are Sick/Terminally Ill Single Moms/
  • People with Special Diseases People with Special
  • Substance abusers Non-Profits
  • Teen mothers Teenagers
  • Lower-Class Families/Poverty Veterans/Military
  • Volunteers Upper-class Families/Wealthy
  • Young Adults Youth
  • Runaways Fathers/Mothers
  • Religious Organizations People in the Arts
  • Laborers Administrative/Support Staff

Serving Others Choices
  • If you have any groups that arent listed in this
    section that you would like to include, write
    them down.
  • Once you have your list of groups, choose up to 3
    that you would you like help/serve the most.
  • Circle, place a check, or write down the 3 that
    resonate with you the most (p. 10).

Exercise Serving Others Statement
  • Describes how you want to help/serve others in
    1 sentence!
  • Your sentence should encompass the following
  • Who you want to help
  • What you can do to help them.
  • or
  • How they will benefit from your help.
  • When complete, write out your sentence on p. 10.

Serving Sentence Guidelines
  • Things to include in your serving others sentence
  • I provide - I serve
  • I help - I work with
  • I give - I offer
  • I assist - I aid
  • Think about
  • Who you want to help
  • What you can do to help them.
  • or
  • How they will benefit from your help.
  • Remember, only 1 sentence!

Exercise Mission Statement
  • This exercise will have you create a mission
    statement, a statement that defines the work you
    want to do with the group youd like to work
  • Think of your statement as your instructions to
    get out of bed each morning. Your statement may
    also include a problem you have been designed to
    solve, as well as the specific action you will
    take solve it.
  • One catch Your mission statement needs to be
    written in 77 words or less!
  • Use the space on page 11 to write your statement.

Mission Statement Guidelines
  • Use all of the information from the previous
    exercises to construct your statement.
  • Write your mission statement in the present
    tense, as if youre already doing it. Use
    phrases such as I am and we are vs. I may,
    we will try, and I hope.
  • Make sure its a mission for your life that YOU
    want to follow, not something you are doing to
    make someone else happy.
  • Remember, its the thing thats going to get you
    out of bed in the morning!

Mission Statement Starters
  • You may want to start your mission statement off
    with one of the following
  • I provide (something) to/for (someone).
  • I help (someone) by (doing something).
  • I help (someone) do/achieve (some benefit).
  • I work with (someone) so that (get some benefit).
  • I offer (something) to (someone) so that (get
    some benefit).
  • I am here to (do something), (help someone),
    and/or (give some benefit).

Bills Mission Statement
  • I am here to inspire students, faculty, and staff
    in higher education to find your why and make
    college matter. I offer classes and workshops
    that answer the questions, What am I here to
    do? and Who am I here to serve? I create and
    provide opportunities and resources for others to
    connect with their spiritual self in order to
    discover the meaning of life and pursue heartfelt
    dreams so that they can lead purposeful,
    passionate lives.
  • (77 words)

Living Statement Thoughts
  • How do your living statements feel as you read
    them - do they inspire you?
  • Do they fit how you are currently living your
  • Do they seem to match where you want to go with
    your life in the future?
  • To make them more a part of your life, share your
    statements with others.
  • Put your statements in places where you can see
    them every day.
  • Begin each day with a promise to live your Life
    Motto and your Mission Statement.

Self-Reflection Exercise
  • I Am Poem
  • A poem about you.
  • Provides you an opportunity to reflect on your
    life in various ways.
  • Challenges you to think about the important
    things in your life.
  • The goal is to complete as much of the poem as
    you can in 15 minutes.
  • Poem instructions (p. 12), examples (p.14) and
    worksheet (p. 14).

Additional Resources
  • Strengths
  • Character Strengths VIA Character Strengths
  • Top 7 Character Strengths - Zest, Spirituality,
    Creativity, Hope, Gratitude, Honesty,
  • Work Strengths StrengthsQuest/StrengthsFinder
    (http// and
  • Top 5 Work Strengths Maximizer, Futuristic,
    Positivity, Activator, Connectedness

Look Familiar?
  • Mission statement
  • Educational Support Services at Northern Arizona
    University will be a leader in the Southwest
    cultivating educational access and student
    success by helping students achieve their college
    dreams. Each year, Educational Support Services
    helps more than 9,000 students recognize their
    potential and pursue their academic goals.
  • Values
  • Student success, academic achievement, and
  • Customer service
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Innovation and collaboration
  • Supportive healthy working environment

Reflections on Day 1
Great Quote
  • The secret of success is to make
  • your vocation your vacation.
  • Mark Twain

Inspirational Video
  • So, how do you want to live your life?
  • Childhood Dreams How to Live Your Life
  • Dr. Randy Pausch
  • (Space for reflection and notes on page 15)

Exercise Gratitude List
  • Gratitude is define as a feeling of thankfulness
    and appreciation. (World English Dictionary)
  • So, what are you truly grateful for?
  • Provides you an opportunity to think about (and
    create a list of) the things in your life that
    make you happy.
  • On the bottom half of page 15, take a few minutes
    to write down 15 things that you are grateful for
    in your life.

Gratitude List Pair-Share
  • Once you have your list, find a partner and take
    1-2 minutes to share
  • Some or all of the items on your list.
  • Your thoughts and feelings on creating a
    Gratitude List.
  • How you the Gratitude List exercise in a
    personal and/or professional development setting.

My Life Self- Assessment
  • My own personal coaching tool create to have
    people review the good and bad in their life.
  • Two parts
  • Importance is this area important to me?
  • Grade how well (or poorly) am I doing in this
  • After importance and grading, give yourself an
    overall grade for your life, as well as a brief
    explanation as to why you gave yourself this
  • (Self-assessment on page 16-17)

The Good and Bad
  • On page 17, review the results of the
    self-assessment and write down
  • Three things that are really good in your life
    right now.
  • Three things that are a challenge for you right
  • Three things you need to address in your life
    right now.
  • Use this as an opportunity to think about a
    change you might like to implement to take your
    life to the next level.

30-Day Life Change Challenge
  • Program created this past Spring to coach small
    group of students to make a change in their life.
  • Inspired by a change video (most about it on next
  • Identify ONE thing that you would like to add,
    subtract, change, and/or improve.
  • Must be something that YOU desire, not something
    other want or expect from you.
  • Then, JUST DO IT!

Inspirational Video
  • Now, what do YOU want to change?
  • Try Something New For 30 Days
  • TED talk Matt Cutts
  • (Turn to page 18 for more info)

  • Family/Friends Work/Career
  • Health/Well-Being Education
  • Recreation/Fun Personal Growth
  • Travel/Adventure Community/Service
  • Relationships Money/Finances
  • Religion/Spirituality Lifestyle/Social
  • As you watch the video, come up with something
    youd like to do for yourself (page 18)!

Group Share
  • Share your 30 Day Challenges
  • Give Feedback
  • Offer suggestions for moving forward
  • Other thoughts
  • What do you need to do to stay on track?
  • What tools can you use to monitor your progress?
  • (use worksheet on page 19)
  • Who can you get to help you stay on track or
    better - do the 30-day challenge with you?

Inspirational Video
  • What do you want to be, do, or have?
  • How do you really want to live your life?
  • The Bucket List (Movie)
  • Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson
  • Bills Bucket List

Bucket List Categories
  • Family/Friends Work/Career
  • Health/Well-Being Education
  • Recreation/Fun Personal Growth
  • Travel/Adventure Community/Service
  • Relationships Money/Finances
  • Religion/Spirituality Lifestyle/Social
  • Note As you watch the movie, jot down some ideas
    on what youd like to include on your bucket
    list in your workbook on page 22 (at least 10
    and up to 25).

Bills Dream List (1)
  • Create something that makes an impact on the
    lives of others on a grand scale (preferably in
    higher education).
  • Obtain a paid speaking engagement in a tropical,
    resort-like place (like Hawaii).
  • Spend more quality time with my daughters.
  • Be a more loving, passionate, attentive husband.
  • Write/publish a book, most likely in

Bills Dream List (2)
  • Own a home that has enough space for an
    office/library and workout room, as well as have
    a screened-in porch on a lake (preferably in the
    south and near mountains).
  • Have a million dollars in my retirement account
    in ten years.
  • Create a core group of (at least) five people who
    meet (in person) on a regular basis to take our
    lives to higher levels (professionally and/or
  • Participate in a 10-Day silent mindfulness

Inspirational Quote
  • A vision is not just a picture of what
  • could be it is an appeal to our
  • better selves, a call to become
  • something more.
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Vision/Dream/Inspiration Board
  • Your vision/dream/inspiration board can serve as
    a tool to
  • Inspire you to move you towards a more powerful
  • Visualize your dreams.
  • Clarify your short-term and long-term goals.
  • Focus your energy on the important things in your
  • Encourage action and attract opportunity.

Things to include
  • Pictures (people, places, things, etc.)
  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Inspirational Words
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Lyrics to a song
  • And anything else that appeals to you

Board Categories
  • Family/Friends Work/Career
  • Health/Well-Being Education
  • Recreation/Fun Personal Growth
  • Travel/Adventure Community/Service
  • Relationships Money/Finances
  • Religion/Spirituality Lifestyle/Social

Alternative Exercise Mind Map
  • A mind map is a diagram that uses pictures and
    words around a central theme.
  • Best way to describe a mind map is to think of a
    tree with many branches.
  • For today, the central theme of your mind map
    will focus on the future whether you to explore
    all areas of your life or just some aspect(s) of
  • There is no right or wrong way to create your
  • You can use poster board to create your map.
  • Instructions to create a mind map are on page 34.

Mind Map Categories
  • Family/Friends Work/Career
  • Health/Well-Being Education
  • Recreation/Fun Personal Growth
  • Travel/Adventure Community/Service
  • Relationships Money/Finances
  • Religion/Spirituality Lifestyle/Social

Gallery Walk
  • Silent Reflection Activity
  • Walk around room to view boards.
  • No talking allowed nodding your head is
  • Once youve reviewed all boards, go back to your

Board Pair-Share
  • Find a partner.
  • Share your board (or map) with the other person.
    You can share as much or as little as you desire.
  • Share the different aspects of your board.
  • Talk about the why of your board (whats the
    meaning behind your board).
  • How you feel about the process of creating a
  • How you intend to use your board.
  • You will have 10 minutes (5 minutes for each
    person) to complete this activity.

Dream Big Philosophy
  • What do you want? (Dream)
  • Whats stopping you? (Obstacles)
  • How do I make it happen? (Action)
  • Who can I get to help me? (Support)

The Dream Killers
  • The Obstacles
  • Undesirable Habits (procrastinator, indecisive)
  • Negative Beliefs (I cant, Im too)
  • Unhealthy Relationships (family, friends)
  • External Distractions (economy, weather)
  • Fears (failure, rejection, change)
  • Lack (time, money resources)

Dream Success
  • Friends (Supportive, Positive People)
  • Facts (Relevant Information)
  • Faith (Belief in the Process)
  • From Cheryl Richardson, life coach

Dream Digging
  • For the first part of this exercise, you will be
    asked to come up with three different dreams to
    work on. These three dreams must
  • get you excited about pursuing them.
  • would challenge you more than you ever imagined.
  • are really big!
  • Make sure that your dreams
  • are specific.
  • have deadlines.
  • have ways to help you measure your progress.
  • is something you can really do.
  • Think of dreams that could change your life!

Dream 1 Professions
  • Your first dream needs to be related to work,
    career education, money or finances.
  • Examples
  • Complete a bachelors, masters, or doctorate
    degree by 2016
  • Join a professional organization in my field by
    December, 2013
  • Save at least 1,400 by the end February for to
    attend a life coaching workshop
  • Come up with at least 5 ideas for a new business
    by January, 2014
  • Identify 10-15 schools for graduate programs in
  • Connect with at least one NAU faculty/staff
    member as a mentor by December, 2013
  • Create a retirement account to save 1,000,000 in
    20 years

Dream 2 Associations
  • Your second dream needs to be related to health,
    well-being, family, friends, relationships,
    spirituality, religion, personal growth,
    lifestyle, social, or self-management..
  • Focus on the relations with yourself and/or with
  • Examples
  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day visiting and/or
    talking with family
  • Weigh 135 pounds by December, 2013
  • Volunteer at least 5 hours a week walking dogs
    for ASPCA for one month
  • Find a loving, intimate partner through on-line
    service (like by December, 2013
  • Do at least 15 minutes of meditation 5 days a
    week, starting September, 2013...
  • Clean up the clutter in the basement and garage
    by December, 2013

Dream 3 Fun
  • Your third dream needs to recreation, travel, and
    adventure doing something FUN!
  • Examples
  • Go skydiving by the end of October, 2013...
  • Take a week-long vacation to Hawaii by June,
  • Hike at least 25 miles along some part of the
    Appalachian Trail during summer (2014)
  • Finish in the top 3 of a running race by
    December, 2014
  • Learn to kayak by May, 2013
  • Buy a ping pong table for family by December,

Idea Exchange
Idea Exchange Process
  • You will share your dream with another person.
  • Each of you will take turns to try to come up
    with as many ideas as possible for the other
  • Dont discuss the value or how realistic the idea
    might be just give ideas! Think outside the
  • Write down all of the ideas that come from your

Brainstorming Example
  • One of my dreams
  • To create an entity (either a center or
    institute) that provides research, trainings,
    workshops, classes, conferences, etc. helping
    people find their purpose and pursue their
    dreams, then teach these strategies to help
    others do the same. For example, the
    center/institute would offer 1-credit classes or
    day-long retreats to non-traditional students (25
    years or older) in the community are
    self-directed and trying to decide whether to go
    back to school, start a business, work, or
    something else. Once completed, they would have
    the option to participate in life coaching (as
    part of the program) to move forward in creating
    an ideal life.
  • I need your helpcould you give me a few ideas?
  • (You will have 1 minute to write down at least
    one idea on index card at your table.)

The Dream Continued
  • After youve gotten ideas for your dreams, you
    will need to do two additional tasks
  • Come up with three ideas that you are willing to
    commit to within one week to get started on one
    of your dreams.
  • List one or two people (preferably from this
    workshop) that you would be willing to have as
    your accountability partner to make sure you are
    taking steps to get it done.
  • Better yetcreate a Dream Team where you help
    each other fulfill your dreams on a regular basis.

To Increase Success
  • Find people who will encourage/support you as you
    pursue your dreams.
  • Stay away from (or eliminate) negative people!
  • If you need helpASK!
  • Dont let your dreams die or kill the dreams of
  • Establish meaningful connections and build
    positive relationships with others.

  • Its not what you know,
  • Its not who you know,
  • Its who knows you!
  • Get to work!!!

  • Rustout is the slow death that follows when we
    stop making the choices that keep life alive.
    Its the feeling of numbness that comes from
    always taking the safe way, never accepting new
    challenges, continually surrendering to the
    day-to-day routine. Rustout means we are no
    longer growing, but at best, are simply
    maintaining. It implies that we have traded the
    sensation of life for the security of a paycheck
    Rustout is the opposite of burnout. Burnout is
    overdoing. Rustout is underbeing.
  • Richard Leider and Steve Buchhoz, The Rustout

Vision Map
  • The Vision Map will have you define specific
    activities that you will do within the next five
    years, based on the 10 categories listed on page
  • For this exercise, see if you can come up with at
    least 10 things to include in your map on page
  • Example Bills Vision Map

Exercise Mapping the Journey
  • This exercise will have you look at what you
    specifically need to do to align more clearly
    with your values, dreams, and purpose in the
    work that you do.
  • Use this exercise to identify the most meaningful
    resources that could be useful to help move
  • Use the worksheets on page 28 and 29 to write
    down a few of the things you may need to do to
    create the work thats meaningful for you and
    the people you serve.
  • Example Bills Worksheet

  • Income earned/sales achieved
  • Values, purpose, strengths, interests
  • People youre working for/people youre working
  • Ideal company/work environment
  • Benefits received for others from your great work
  • Amount of time at work and on vacation
  • Location, location, location
  • Other stuff (i.e. job titles)
  • Activities/work that fulfills you, that flows,
    work you desire
  • Involvement in professional organizations and
  • Completed degrees, certificates, trainings,
  • Name/Type of business created
  • Product created/services offered
  • Recognition/awards received
  • Useful mentors, associates, contacts

Inspirational Video
  • How can you make an impact in your work?
  • Drew Dudley (TED Talk)
  • Everyday Leadership Lollipop Moments
  • (Space for reflection and notes on page 30)

  • Think of a time when
  • You had a lollipop moment when someone gave you
    help to achieve something, or
  • You created a lollipop moment for someone else
    when you helped them achieve something.
  • On page 30 of your workbook, write down your
    lollipop moment(s).
  • This reflection will hopefully inspire you to
    create a Vision of Your Great Work.

Vision of Great Work
  • Heres your opportunity to take all that we have
    done over the two days and create a vision for
    the work you are here to do.
  • Look 5 years into the future think about what
    this work might look like.
  • If you are a director or supervise people, you
    may also want to share how you want to integrate
    the vision of your staff with the vision of your
  • Write your vision as a free-flowing paragraph or
    as a list of bullet point.

Visioning Thoughts
  • Articulate or Illustrate what your mission work
    would be.
  • How will you create meaningful educational
    experiences for the people you serve?
  • Write about actions you can take in your current
  • What would your ideal position/job/role look
    like? What would you be doing? How would you
    feel? What impact would you be making?
  • Who can you get to help you create/expand/change
    your work?
  • Create next steps to move you toward your ideal

Visionary Thoughts
  • After you create the Vision of your Great Work,
  • Ensure that this vision matches the things you
    are currently doing that you enjoy the most,
    including the work you do, your involvement in
    extracurricular activities, your involvement in
    professional organizations/associations, etc.
  • Check to see if your current actions (on an
    everyday basis) are moving you closer towards or
    away from your vision.
  • Identify people who can help/support you achieve
    your vision.
  • Come up with small things you can do every day to
    help you move towards the vision of your work.
  • And lastly, ask yourself this question Does
    this vision of my work inspire me?

Vision for Your Unit
  • Create a vision for your unit, projecting to June
    30, 2014, including the following
  • Number of students you serve
  • Description of modifications to current programs
  • Addition of new programs
  • New workshops, trainings, etc. offered
  • Potential funding opportunities
  • Exposure of unit within and outside campus (i.e.
    conference presentations, articles, media
  • Anything else that enhances the work of your unit

Letter to Self
  • By the end of the year (December 2013), what will
    you need to be reminded of, and what will
    motivate you to
  • Live your life based on your values
  • Follow your Life Motto and Mission Statement
  • Something youve changed for the better
  • Pursue one of your dreams
  • Following your vision for work and/or for life
  • Write your letter on page 32 of workbook. Use
    the other side of the sheet if you have more to

Inspirational Quote
  • The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
  • The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
  • David Viscott

  • Please complete the retreat evaluation
  • of page 36 of your workshop.
  • Your feedback is very much appreciated!
  • Thanks a million!

Thank you for this opportunity!
  • Contact info
  • Bill Johnson (William H. Johnson Jr.)
  • Office of Life Planning and Personal Development
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Phone - 336-207-6795
  • E-mail -
  • Blog - http//
  • Web Sites - http// (work)
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