Why CHOOSE a Vision driven life?

Why is declaring a Vision so vital?

By Betsy A. Haas, MA

Have You Ever Asked Yourself Any of These Questions?

What is the purpose of my life?

Why am I here?

Where am I going?

How come I feel out of sorts?

Life is full of peaks and valleys. When you’re in the valley, you might not see the value of it until later when you look back and realize all you’ve learned. That all by yourself you are a complete and perfect creation. A person with a purpose! The journey it takes to discover that purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life. If you don’t know your purpose, then discover the reason you are on this planet! Knowing who you are and what you are meant to be gives you the energy you need to create the life that makes you happy. You will know instantly when you discover your purpose as your smiles will be big and bright and the authenticity of your value will be a natural part of your daily existence. Your experience of you and the world around you will be absolutely one of beauty!

Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want. Alice Walker

Many of us have been brainwashed into thinking that having a beautiful home, a high-powered job or immense wealth is the only true definition of success. This might work for some people, but fortunately we don’t all fit the same mold. Likely or not what works for others often leaves us feeling frustrated and sad because we’re not really doing what we enjoy. Don’t believe me? Just look the lives of some of the world’s most successful people. Walt Disney wanted to make people happy. Mother Theresa wanted to care and comfort the poor. Their success was achieved because they discovered the joy of having a definite purpose in life.

A vision without a task is a dream;
A task without a vision is drudgery;
A vision and a task is the hope for the world. Donald Reeves

So, What Is a Vision and How Do I Get One?

A vision is a guiding image of success formed in terms of a contribution to society. If a strategic plan is the “blueprint” for your work, then the vision is the “artist’s rendering” of the achievement of that plan. It is a description in words that conjures up a similar picture for life.

There is one universal rule of planning: You will never be greater than the vision that guides you. No Olympic athlete ever got to the Olympics by mistake; a compelling vision of his or her stellar performance inevitably guides all the sweat and tears for many years. The vision statement requires you to stretch your expectations, aspirations, and performance. Without that powerful, attractive, valuable vision, why bother?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

As they say, “watch and learn” even though we’re all dealing with our own issues, everyone we meet has something to teach us. If a person exasperates you and causes you to blow your top, then you probably needed to work on patience. That’s why it’s imperative that we create our own measure of success and then develop a personal strategy to achieve it. Being careful not to confuse our purpose in life with our personal goals. Although goals are crucial to achieving any kind of success, left alone they can become empty and undirected. You may set hundreds of goals, in a lifetime, but there is only one true purpose in life and that purpose should be the underlying core that gives your goals direction and meaning.

A vision statement should be realistic and credible, well articulated and easily understood, appropriate, ambitious, and responsive to change. It should orient your energies in a direction and serve as a guide to action. It should be consistent with your values. In short, a vision should challenge and inspire you to achieve your mission. Vision is the WHAT and mission is the HOW.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

Remember, no one is more important, worthy or special than you. You have talents that no one else can offer. There is a special goodness and love in you. Never treat your own emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health as an afterthought. Instead make your own well being a priority because it is truly YOU that makes THE difference!

If you are interested in learning more and coaching towards YOUR purpose, please contact us at 818-904-0903, email: betsyhaas@ehdi4u.com

Living Life to the Fullest

Living Life to the Fullest?  What the heck does that mean and how do i know?  I know that sometimes I think, “oh my, is this all there is?”  Then I remember that if I am asking myself that question then I am not geared up to live in the BIGGEST way I can.  It has been said, “when I die, I want to be all used up.”  I say that is exactly what I want as my eulogy.  I know that when I am living full-out, that I am contributing to the world to make it a better place while balancing my time with me and the people who are important to me.  I know this is no easy task, and when I am LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST, is when I feel closet to the Universal power and the Truth as I know it, we are all ONE!  So I ask you, how do you know if you are living your life to the fullest?  How do you know when you are really connected to the Highest power there is, which by the way, is where we all meet in consciousness.

So I say stop and check in and ask yourself if you are living your life full-out with the balance of contributing to the world, those you care about and YOU!  How are you BEING right now?  Let’s all reach for that point of no return!  ENJOY!!!

Obstacle Verses Opportunity

OBSTACLES VS OPPORTUNITES –
it’s all a matter of perspective

”Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

  Corrie Ten Boom

As managers, entrepreneurs and parents, we spend a great deal of our time dealing with and trying to solve problems. Problems, problems, problems:

  •  Who called in sick today?
  • Do we have someone qualified to cover that job?
  • How is this going to affect our ratios and thus, my appearance to my boss?
  • Will he/she understand?
  • The bank called today and you’re three months late on the loan you used to finance that big expansion you felt that you had the families to justify. What do you do? Will they understand? Will this affect future collaborations?
  • Your child’s school called and your son/daughter is being disruptive in class.
  • How do we deal with him/her?

I could go on and on but you get the picture and this is just the stuff right off the top of my head. I’d bet that if we tried, we could come up with a list of obstacles/problems so long and complicated that it would boggle the mind. The media is certainly fueling our focus to ALL the obstacles we have in our world.

How is this showing up in your work?  Your family life?  With friends?  Where are you getting PEACE and JOY?  I had an epiphany, I am always going to have circumstances and “issues” that keep me focused on what is NOT rather than the possibilities of WHAT IS. The issue is not that I have Obstacles or that you have Obstacles, but the issue is about how we view those Obstacles. It’s all a matter of your perspective. Obstacles are simply – OPPORTUNITIES in disguise. Let’s notice some simple facts:

1. You will always have challenges – that is a fact. And as a human, that’s great! That guarantees growth.

I know, you think that I’ve lost my mind, but it is true. Obstacles provide the opportunity to showcase your talents. Even if you are on the very bottom rung of the ladder, you are able to demonstrate your expertise by how you handle challenges.

Those people who become adept at “challenge” solving will quickly move to the head of the class. As they say, “the cream rises to the top”. You will notice that your skills are noteworthy. In the business world, a problem solver is highly valued because they are able to: make the project come together, facilitate the collaboration of strong opposing personalities, meet the deadlines, etc.

Obstacles create the opportunity to showcase your talents and abilities. Do you have special skills? How will you ever be able to demonstrate them without challenges? It’s kind of like being an exceptional athlete. No one really knows how good you are until you operate against the pressure of an opposing team.

2. We would all prefer to lead simple and predictable lives – but as a business owner, I value challenges that create opportunities.

Problems give us the chance to flex our solution-producing muscles. Every new idea that succeeds is the answer to an obstacle that someone identified. Then, they sought to offer some way of overcoming or dealing with this challenge. Viola, a new idea or service is born. Think about it, everyday you to find a need (another name for a challenge) and fill it.

Do you have a challenge with the way something works or doesn’t work?  If you look at it as an opportunity, you will see that there are numerous ways to deal with things.  I say the best way is to keep asking yourself, “What’s another opportunity here?”  The more creative we become, and we all know that is what is being asked of ALL of us now, the more fulfilled we are.  We always get to choose where we focus and where ever that is, that is where our energy goes.

 3. Obstacles provide a measure of our dedication and persistence.

It is easy to maintain a positive outlook when everything is going according to plan, but it is the challenges and adversity that will test you. It is when you are struggling to make your payments and create new things, and expand your skills and those who work with you that creates the opportunity.  Can you take it? Are you a quitter?

We all have the ability to reframe things so that they are Opportunities and see the Positive YIPPY SKIPPY in everything that comes through our life.

  • “Now, there is no where to hide, and my job is more interesting than it’s ever been”
  • “Learning how to make great decision involved a steep learning curve, and it’s been worthwhile”
  • “I’ve kept in touch with friends who left the community and they are enjoying their new life”

Asking the question “why not?” will often lead to an argument, but try asking other questions “so, what could you do here?” If that fails to stimulate ideas follow up with “are you satisfied with everything as it is?”, and even “you mean to say that there is nothing at all that you would like to improve”. Notice that the follow up questions avoid the use of the word ‘change’ which can trigger negative feelings because the belief that ‘people resist change’ is so widely believed.

The pay off is that the changes in attitude create changed results.  The obstacle becomes an opportunity.  It truly is that easy and is YOUR choice.  What we put out is what we get back.  Fear or Love?  Focus on the GOOD and it does come back to us multiplied abundantly.

‘I Make THE Difference’

Betsy’s continued success as a consultant, seminar leader and keynote speaker is a result of her unparalleled commitment to “Making THE Difference.”

Her humorous, yet passionate and authentic approach engages her audiences – inspiring those around her to achieve greater results!

— Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Betsy Haas Engages Audiences

Betsy Haas Engages Audiences Everywhere

“I Make THE Difference” is the cornerstone of Betsy’s thriving business,  Esteemed Human Development — “Sustainable Transformation for People and Organizations.”

Give Betsy Haas a call at 818.904.0903 or email her at betsyhaas@ehdi4u.com. She is eager to talk to you about how she can help you and your organization  “Make THE Difference.”

Renewal

As Summer time is upon us, many of us are looking at the first half of the year and seeking to see what we have done and what we want for the last half. Some of us are focussing more on our health, while others are focussing more on relationships (some healthy relationships) and others seeking to find new outlets for their creative expression/energy, and others are focussing on their spiritual side opening up while others are looking at abundance (I say that purposefully) in all areas of their life, not just money and possessions.

We have all been challenged as these new times create opportunities for growth. Are you surrounding yourself with the people who support you and your AWESOME ideas? Are you taking action? Are you simply tired and realizing that there has to be a different way because of the amount of energy you are putting out and the results are still a bit scattered, unfulfilling and simply not so interesting. Getting results is not the hard part, making them interesting and coming from our heart and passion is another story.

I am great at sales when I believe in what I am selling. I am totally alive and happy and filled with energy. When I am selling something that is just a product that brings in money, I am bored and almost limp inside. So I know that it is all about being heart and passion centered!

I invite you to look at your life and STOP and see if where you are is where you want to be. (Trick ?? because the answer is yes! Or you would be somewhere else.) Refocus and re-energize this very day and then move forward intentionally into the life you seek.

Balance is so important and without it there is not really a satisfaction that permeates our whole Being! If you need help, reach out to a trusted coach/friend/master mind group…just reach out to people who can really support you in your greatness on your journey called life!