British public holidays. Like them or loath them. Apart from those friends and colleagues who are largely employed within the public sector and other customer facing services, the vast majority of the UK workforce have a paid public working day away from work. For many of us, public holidays can be an opportunity for rest and relaxation, for others, this can be a possible source of stress and anxiety that can involve travelling, or entertaining friends and family, or just simply catching up on those jobs.
How many of you build in regular daily or weekly time of more than 30 minutes for just you time in total silence? Over the last twelve months, I have developing my own personal practice where I build in meditation time or to journal and give thanks and gratitude. For me, this has had significant benefits.
Silence is an empty space. Space is the home of the awakened mind: (Buddah)
Several of my past clients have had specific goals in mind. On further exploration of these personal goals having looking at potential barriers to self actualisation, it became apparent that in many cases, a lack of time for self reflection played a big factor and inhibitor to achieving goals. Time for oneself can take many forms. Moreover, with the increase and constant exposure to various digital noise like Twitter, Face Book, WhatsApp, Instagram, emails, text messages, podcast, YouTube, and other mediums, taking a regular digital detox can prove beneficial to overall wellbeing.
7 benefits to silence
How do you build in quality quiet time to recharge, digital detox, and heal from all of todays 24 hour noise?
*Reference: World Health Organisation (WHO 2011)
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The organisational vision
There are many global companies with a set of values and a carefully chosen vision which many of us know and love and therefore use their services. Examples of global brands are: BBC, British Airways, Pepsi, Apple, NHS England,Coca-cola and Pepsi. Many of us may work for a company or an organisation which has a set of values and a vision. In many companies to day, having a set of values and an overarching vision is very important in helping set the standard and direction of travel. A vision may have been developed in conjunction with employees and users of that service. The end product is a simple vision, firmly embedded into the fabric of an organisation and help to focus employees and provide a strong corporate brand which the customer will expect.
Your personal vision
But what about your vision? What are your values? Does it really matter? Having a personal vision can act as your own unique personal blue print or a road map. It can act as a reminder of how you wish to lead a fulfilling life both personally and professionally and can enable you to re focus if you feel lacking in direction. Having a vision can also act as a compass when considering a change in career or looking to work for a different organisation.
“The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action. VISION has no boundaries and knows no limits. Our VISION is what we become in life. ”
There are many ways of creating your personal statement. Here are a couple questions to consider asking yourself and in doing so, help create your very own vision statement.
Personal Mission Statement
This can be a general statement which would include what you'd like to accomplish personally or professionally.
Personal Vision Statement
This is a more specific statement which will indicate very clearly what you'd like to do in life personally or professionally.
Creating your own vision
Your personal vision should be short and succinct and inspire you.Your personal values will underpin your personal vision and in doing so, create a very clear and unique picture of what you stand for personally and professionally. This can also help act as your moral compass. Developing your personal vision can be done in a number of ways as not everyone is creative. Here are a few pointers to help steer you on your way:
Key principals of a vision
Different Vision Boards
This can be developed for a significant event for example, planning a wedding, holiday, decorating a room, planning a significant birthday, developing a New year resolution.
Collecting a variety of different information in a journal is another way to kick start your very own vision. Having a portable journal to log down your unique vision ideas, inspirational quotes, statements, references from books and images. Try setting yourself a time limit to focus your intentions and get a finished product.
As life changes, so too can your values. Remember values and visions can change.
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