• 02:14:05 am on September 29, 2008 | 10
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    Building Your “Lee’s List” …

    You may be a believer in the concept of Your Life’s Purpose, or you may feel that it is total bunkum …

    … all I know is that it worked beyond all expectations for me, yet I have little belief in goal-setting, self-actualization, visualization, etc.

    Surprising admission, huh?

    Particularly since I have focused so much personal and group energy on what amounts to a goal-setting exercise.

    In fact, I only started this exercise for myself way back in 1998 because I was desperate, and it was simply Step 1 of a business improvement program that I subscribed to. So, I dutifully completed the exercises, while waiting for the ‘meaty stuff’ to begin … and, lo and behold, $30k in debt to $7 million in the bank just 7 years later!

    And, I can trace my ensuing business decisions directly back to that simple exercise!

    Because it did work for me, I have felt compelled to share the methodology with you.

    The good news is that whether you have tried to complete the exercises or you have not bothered, here is a really practical step for you to get started on, because calculating Your Number (and, Your Date) is absolutely critical to everything that we will be doing from here on in.

    Your Number is so important that books have been written about it, yet none tell you how to calculate it as clearly and succinctly as the exercises that we will be completing over the next couple of weeks.

    So, let’s move on to the next step that everybody can (and should) do for themselves:

    We have spoken extensively about Your Life’s Purpose which is designed to give you a star – not just to aim for, but one that you WILL reach … because you absolutely, positively, HAVE TO.

    We have also beaten your ‘Rear Deck Speech‘ to death because that is a way to articulate your highly personal statement of Your Life’s Purpose (which we have found – through interesting, often heated, discussion and debate – actually means nothing to anybody else) into the realm of the ‘real world’.

    In fact, the whole concept of the Rear Deck Speech was cunningly designed to ‘force’ you into explaining the physical world impact of your Life’s Purpose (upon yourself, those around you, and the world in general) in simple terms that an 8 year old can not only understand, but can appreciate.

    It also encouraged you to look away from the superficial to find deep meaning in what you will DO (i.e. actions) and will HAVE (remember our 3 P’s: People, Places, Possessions) in your life.

    Whatever you came up with (and, it’s never to late to revise/update) is OK … my role is to help you understand the process. How you apply it is entirely up to you …

    Now, thanks to one of our 7MITs and good friends, we have a simple device that will help us bridge the gap between our Rear Deck Speech and our Number.

    We lovingly call this “Lee’s List” … and it works like this:

    You simply look through your Rear Deck Speech, highlight the key DO / HAVE’s and then start listing them out – adding / deleting as you see fit (if you don’t have a Rear Deck Speech, then you just start with a clean sheet of paper).

    The ONLY caution that I will give you is to make this a MINIMUM list to achieve your Life’s Purpose … we’ll add the lifestyle, houses, cars, vacations, etc. later: right now we are focusing on the key things; here’s Lee’s List 😉 as an example:

    Lee NEEDS “at a MINIMUM:

    (A).Design, write and publish class materials for:
    1. Marriage Enrichment,
    2.Stress Management
    3. Financial Management and
    4. Strengthening Relationships.
    (B).Travel to other states and countries leading conferences at least six times a year.
    (C). Help other agencies to establish Chaplains programs and donate a specific amount of money to help them get started.
    (D). Own two vehicles to be used for travel one for me and one for my wife.
    (E).Create and Publish a Magazine that will focus on the Spiritual aspect of stress management for police officers and their families.
    (F). Two personal “family” Vacations including me, my wife, my two children their spouses and two grandchildren.

    Lee also adds some additional items (“at a MAXIMUM”):

    (A). Generous financial gifts for children and grand children at birthdays and/or Christmas.
    (B). Separate homes on same property as Retreat Center
    for my wife and myself and my children and their families if they so desire.

    Now, I can’t tell Lee (or you) whether to add these in or not, just realize that each thing that you do add, increases the size of your mountain – hence forcing you to eventually to take riskier and riskier financial paths to get there …. your brain is a great risk/reward balancer, so put it to work and make the hard for/against decisions for yourself … now is the time.

    Lee also asks:

    These are the typs of “Things”. This does not of course include Money that would equal more than a “nice” very comfortable living. ( I assume we’ll work on the number at a later date?)

    Yes, we will rework the Calculating Your Number (and Date!) exercise later, and we will use this List PLUS your desired Lifestyle as input.

    Over the next few days, we will be sharing more lists (from Lee, should he choose to update his, as well as from the other 7MITs) … why don’t you ‘have a go’ and share yours here?



  • Scott 9:47 am on September 29, 2008 | #

    Building this list is actually a lot of fun, but i’m finding that it is quite challenging to a degree because I never really put down the specifics of exactly what I NEED to do to fulfill my life’s purpose. It’s coming together though 😉

    (p.s. If 47 million wasn’t a typo, you did better in 7 years than I previously thought Adrian, lol.)

  • AJC 12:10 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    @ Scott – In the absence of sending me another $30-odd Mill. thanks for correcting the typo …

    I think that the list that Lee shared with us is a useful innovation … one that I hope EVERYBODY (7MIT or casual reader) is having fun with: it’s easy in principle, but requires some thinking …

  • Lee 12:44 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    AJC – As part of my “list” I mentioned cars and vacations. Part of the mode of transportation I desire is by car and a stress reliever is vacations. Therefore couldn’t they be included in the “minimum” part of the list?

  • AJC 2:07 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    @ Lee – It’s YOUR list, so YOU tell me!? 😛

    But, to me, it doesn’t really matter if you do/don’t include, because you already know where this is headed (i.e. we WILL include those ‘things’ in the next step):


    However, why I liked your ‘list’ concept so much is that it allows you to turn your Life’s Purpose / Rear Deck Speech into concrete, without focusing on the ordinary stuff that ordinary folk seem to obsess on …

    … in / out, it matters not – as long as what’s IN also includes what’s IMPORTANT to you!

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