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Success with Ease; How to Find Fulfillment in a Fast-Paced World

ISM's 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference

San Francisco, CA
May 2002


Roberta J. Duffy

Catarina P. Rando

Do you ever feel as though you're juggling too many things at once? Do you ever find there are areas of your life (either personal of professional) that seem to not get the attention they deserve? Catarina P. Rando knows how you feel. She presented a motivating session Tuesday afternoon that gave attendees a chance for some personal reflection and fun interaction.

Rando began by asking the group to each create a compelling vision for themselves. This vision represents what you ideally what for yourself in life. However, a vision is different from a goal. Whereas a goal might be "to make more money so that I can take more vacations," a vision might be an image of yourself sitting on the beach. The reason a vision is important is that it has a stronger emotional pull than a goal and that emotional attachment will be the compelling element that will drive you to action to achieve the vision. Rando recommends picturing yourself "in" your vision everyday; rewriting your vision as needed; and sharing your vision with others.

One important step toward your vision is asking yourself "where in your life would it serve you to be willing to be uncomfortable?" In other words, if it meant achieving your vision, what uncomfortable situations are you willing to bear? Perhaps your vision is seeing yourself as a slim, athletic, healthy person. Because this vision is so compelling, you might be willing to do something "uncomfortable," such as get up early every morning to exercise or decline some after-work social activities, to go to the gym. From a professional viewpoint, the vision might be one of yourself in an executive office. The seemingly "uncomfortable" activity that you're willing to take on to accomplish this might be attending evening training classes or volunteering for new projects with are out of your "safe" zone.

These suggestions may seem obvious, but Rando points out that it is important to consciously think of (and even verbalize) these steps. Acknowledging the specific steps that you're willing to take is the first step toward living the vision!

By Roberta J. Duffy, editor of Inside Supply Management

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