In this blog I talk a lot about the journey of significance and creating a life of meaning, alignment, and authenticity. While writing about these important issues I want you to know that I am also going through my own personal process. In sharing my own story and journey in real-time, I thought this might be helpful to you.
As I wrote several months ago, we went through a wonderful strategic planning process at Highland where we developed our core values, vision, mission and key strategies. I have had several of you ask me for guidance and support in taking you and your companies through the same process. I am very willing to talk about this and the power and energy it has generated in my company; so feel free to ask.
My focus has now shifted to my own personal values and vision for my life. My goal is to integrate in a better way than I have done in the past the various components of my life: financial, spiritual, work, family, legacy.
This is requiring me to understand at a deeper level: who I am.
To start the process I was encouraged to go back to the place I grew up and just let the memory of my life come to the surface. In my case, this included a trip to a small beach community on Oakland Bay near the logging town of Shelton, Washington. Our family had a cabin there for 25 years and it was a place I spent a great deal of time during my youth. I learned to water ski, fish, clam, adventure, and build forts in that area. I turned off my cell phone, and walked the beaches, visited our old cabin, and wrote in my journal the things that came to my mind. I remembered paths in the woods, tree swings, special events, and memories.
It was an amazingly wonderful day to just think about my life and where I have come from and the stories that make up the collage of my life to this point. I believe this will provide the base for me to explore further what I want my life to look like and what type of impact I want to have in this world.
If you haven’t gone to special place like that before, it might be time for you to take a day and revisit your roots. I promise you it won’t be wasted time. Let me know what you discover, would you? Join us on Facebook for more discussions.
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6 Responses to “Getting Back To Your Roots”
July 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm
Way to go!
July 28th, 2010 at 5:39 am
Gini Dietrich Says:
My mom was just here for five days and, while not a visit to my hometown (I didn’t grow up in as cool a place as you!), it is nice to revisit your core values through your parents. It’s also kind of weird to see how much alike you are to one of your parents!
You said to feel free to ask…in a subsequent blog post, I’d love to know what your visit to the cabin means to the growth of your business.
July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm
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July 31st, 2010 at 5:23 pm
John Christianson Says:
Thanks, Gini. I appreciate the question and suggestion. Real quick, the more I feel integrated in my life, the more effective I have become in my business. Getting connected to my history, and who I am at the core, is very grounding. I’ll be sharing more about this in future posts.
July 31st, 2010 at 5:25 pm
John Christianson Says:
It was way more than I expected. I really appreciate your encouragement.
August 12th, 2010 at 10:48 am
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