ANN RATHBUN, PH.D.
MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY
Your everyday ‘to do’ list
What do you see yourself doing,
It plays into EVERYTHING we do
day in and day out.
Personal vision provides meaning to
Vision - Getting Started
List 5 things that without them your weeks, months,
years and LIFE would feel incomplete.
What 2-3 things must you do every single day to feel
fulfilled (in your personal or work life)?
Think in holistic terms…body, mind, spirit, social,
work, family, financial, environment.
Vision - Getting Started
If you never had to work another day in your
life, how would you spend your time instead of
If money were no object, what kinds of things
would you do?
What are your strengths?
Areas for improvement?
What is important to you.
the things that are important to you
How do these things relate to your vision??
These are your VALUES.
“Values” have gotten a bad rap over time.
Now, weave these values into a personal
I value ___________. I take actions that
support the importance of _______ in my life.
Sample Mission Statements
"To ... [what you want to achieve, do or become] ... so
that ... [reasons why it is important]. I will do this by
... [specific behaviors or actions you can use to get
"I value ...[choose one to three values]... because
...[reasons why these values are important to you].
Accordingly, I will ...[what you can do to live by these
What do you hope to accomplish?
Goals can be oriented to personal,
work, family, community, faith
Based in mission and vision;
related to both.
One way of setting a goal is to make a contract.
Can be personal, with a loved one, a friend, a
Start with writing down the actual goal to be
Partner that goal with a specific BEHAVIOR.
Set ‘mini goals’ to take small steps.
How do you eat an elephant??
Time oriented, give each one a ‘due date’
How will you reward yourself???
Might have to get creative!
External vs. Internal rewards??
Overall rewards YOU can control
Don’t rely on others to reward you….
Goal Setting – Questions to ask
How will you keep track of your progress?
Record keeping ideas
Who will support you?
How will you know whether you accomplished
your goal or not?
Do you like graphs, do you like to journal, do you
want to do periodic checks???
Be good to yourself!!!
No beating yourself up if you don’t accomplish
What is perfection, what is excellence
Mindsets…fixed or growth
Keep your eye on the things that are truly
important to you (Vision, mission)
Monitor and adjust!
What is working, what is not working??
Adjust what you need to adjust.
Why is this SO difficult??
We live in a fast food, quick, get it NOW
Work and life has morphed into something
we would not have recognized just 10 years
Did You Know??
Anything worth having is worth
To Take Away…
Small changes pay off over time!
Only think about what is possible TODAY. Don’t
psych yourself out by thinking about what may or
may not happen tomorrow or FOREVER.
Do NO MORE and do NO LESS than you agree to do.
You can ALWAYS change something you don’t like.
Search “Did You Know”