What Is In Your Life Bag?

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This is a personal evaluation of your life. As you look at your career, family, social life, health and fitness, are you in a place you want to be. We are in unprecedented times of change and challenge. Now is the time to look closely at our lives, dissect them and determine if we are on the correct path. Let this tool serve as a guide to your personal life balance.

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What Is In Your Life Bag?

  1. 1. What is in your life bag?
  2. 2. What Are The Key Elements In Your Life Bag?
  3. 3. What Are The Key Elements In Your Life Bag?
  4. 4. Look Inside the Bag <ul><li>Is it all there? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it filled with all the things that bring you personal happiness? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the bag heavy? Is the bag light? Is there room for more? Is there a need to make it lighter? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you proud of your bag? Are you embarrassed of your bag? </li></ul><ul><li>Each day you wake up next to this bag, carry it with you with every step and decision you make and go to sleep each night with your bag next to you. This bag is a symbol of your family, friends, job, dreams, ambitions, hobbies and everything in between. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lighten the Load! <ul><li>As a baby we come into this world with nothing. We are filled with laughter and wonder. We are void of material value and lack any understandings of the burdens of life. They key is to minimize the burden and lighten the bag. </li></ul><ul><li>As we grow up and mature, we gather friends, memories, toys, technology, academic credentials, life lessons, pictures, videos, scrapbooks and all the material and non-material things that shape who we become. </li></ul><ul><li>As we grow old, we look back and evaluate the life we have led and determine if it was a success. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Let’s dissect the bag – DUMP IT OUT!
  7. 7. Dump the Life Bag Out! <ul><li>Lay it all out there. Make a mess and just look at what is there. </li></ul><ul><li>Now separate the items by importance: Critical needs in life, important needs, content and not necessary? – Which pile is bigger? </li></ul><ul><li>Look very closely at the contents of the bag? Is anything missing? If so, what and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Can anything be left behind? </li></ul>
  8. 8. What are the most valued things in your bag? – Do You see them in your future path? <ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul><ul><li>Home </li></ul><ul><li>Memories </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Church/Temple </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
  9. 9. Look within yourself……. <ul><li>Who are your heroes/heroines? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest influences throughout your life? </li></ul><ul><li>What prejudices do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any regrets? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you at peace with yourself? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Are you still pursuing your dreams? <ul><li>As you grew into adulthood, did responsibility take the place of your dreams? </li></ul><ul><li>Think back to those innocent ambitions you had as a child and young adult… </li></ul><ul><li>Where are they now? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel they are still attainable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is life responsibility holding you back? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Are you passionate about your career? <ul><li>“ There are no insignificant or ordinary jobs when they are performed by significant and extraordinary people!” </li></ul><ul><li>-Mark Sanborn – Author “The Fred Factor” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-B.C. Forbes - Founder of Forbes Magazine </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is passion? <ul><li>What is passion? </li></ul><ul><li>Passion is not talent. * Passion is not knowing a lot about a topic. * Passion is not masterful performance of a task. * Passion is not being hailed as an expert. * Passion is not having a lot of experience doing something. * Passion is not the skill you’ve gotten really good at in your job. </li></ul><ul><li>Passion is about the enthusiasm you have for something. It’s the thing you get energized just thinking about. It’s the topic you never get tired of learning about. It’s what you never get tired of talking about. It’s where your creativity soars. It’s being in that zone where you forget time, space and even hunger because you are so engaged in what you are doing. </li></ul><ul><li>*Provided by Careerealism.com </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are you balanced?
  14. 14. Let’s look at the facts…Take out a piece of paper <ul><li>Time for a quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average, do you spend in the workplace? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average do you spend commuting to and from work? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average do you spend with your family? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average do you spend with your friends? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average do you spend with yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week, on average do you spend exercising/physical activity? </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to be woken up……… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Results of the Quiz <ul><li>Add up the results of questions 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Add up the results of questions 3, 4, 5, and 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Subtract the total of total of the first two questions from the total of the last four. </li></ul><ul><li>If the number is zero, you have a strong work life balance </li></ul><ul><li>If the number is positive you are putting too much emphasis on work </li></ul><ul><li>If the number is negative you have a strong emphasis on the social component of your life </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT IS BETTER? Let’s talk about it </li></ul>
  16. 16. Let’s separate the good from the bad <ul><li>Do you feel there is a better way to utilize your time to drive more personal satisfaction? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any bad habits, activities or perceptions you feel you can eliminate in your life? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel there are obstacles keeping your from fulfilling this your personal goals? </li></ul><ul><li>What steps can you take to get yourself on the right path? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Clear your mind…. <ul><li>Free yourself of bad energy and find the positive energy within yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Surround yourself with good people </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange and accept quality from others and yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Dig deep to find inner strength and courage </li></ul>
  18. 18. Keys to Happiness <ul><li>How many of these categories have you achieved positive results? </li></ul><ul><li>Gratitude – Take 15 minutes to list all the things you are and have been grateful for in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Variety – Break routine. Find the aspects of your life that you feel are boring and develop an activity or trip to add more variety in your life </li></ul><ul><li>People – Focus on surrounding yourself with good people in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful work- Find work where you make a difference and find meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy lifestyle – Ensure a simple diet and exercise routine as part of your daily and weekly activity list </li></ul><ul><li>Courage – Believe in yourself and your ability to be great </li></ul><ul><li>Generosity – Give of yourself to others that are in need of assistance </li></ul>
  19. 19. Life is a Rainbow <ul><li>Everywhere we turn we are surrounded by the colors of life </li></ul><ul><li>The world is in constant flux </li></ul><ul><li>We develop impressions based on our surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnicity </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Urban/Rural Surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Intellect </li></ul><ul><li>Greed/Generosity </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul>
  20. 20. Embrace the rainbow…Destroy the rainbow <ul><li>Minimize drama </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify your life </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize important elements </li></ul><ul><li>Accept everything around you </li></ul><ul><li>Dream big </li></ul><ul><li>Live bigger </li></ul><ul><li>Never give up </li></ul><ul><li>Rejoice in success </li></ul>
  21. 21. Live For Today…Tomorrow is not a promise
  22. 22. Contact Information <ul><li>Mark A. Leon </li></ul><ul><li>Talent Acquisition Specialist/Social Media Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.recruiterpoet.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 612.812.5226 </li></ul><ul><li>Profile: www.google.com/profiles/markalex222 </li></ul>

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