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Goals, Part 3 – Core Values and The Hedgehog

Yesterday I shared with y’all my 10 year vision.  Those of you who know me well probably see the parts of that vision that are somewhat astounding given my history, but that is simply a testament to the healing that I’m feeling and the steps I’m taking to see a lasting change in my life.  It’s astounding to me too!  Even being able to see a 10 year vision is a huge step for me!  I love that I’m healing.  I feel lighter, happier, more myself than I have in a while.  While I am still working through a lot (and obviously will be for a while yet), it’s good to see light again where it seemed there was only darkness!

The next step in creating goals is to identify both my core values and create my hedgehog, whom I have lovingly named Rico 🙂  The Hedgehog is a venn diagram where three things are considered: (1) what I feel I am best in the world at, (2) what my biggest passion is, and (3) what I can make money by doing.  Success, on a deeper level than the material, is defined by the overlap of those three things.  It makes more sense once you see the diagram 🙂

As an aside, I’m walking through these steps in lieu of posting my goals all at once for a couple reasons; (1) it helps y’all know me better and (2) the more transparent I am in each step, the easier it is to really understand what the goals are to me.  I won’t give too much commentary on the goals themselves, but the process by which I am creating them will come with some comment.

My  3 Core Values

1.  Love

2.  Determination/Perseverance

3. Authenticity

When I look at my life, these are the three things that most often pop out.  They are the things that, in the depths of my soul, are the most important to me.  I don’t always express them perfectly, or even well, but in the kernel of who I am, this is what you’ll find.  Part of this healing process that I’m going through has reconnected me with these.  I had done a pretty good job of building walls between me and, well, me I guess.  I thought if I disconnected myself from these values, I would be safer maybe or at least easier.  Obviously the faulty logic is apparent to me, and probably was then, but I ignored it and the voices that told me it was building pain upon pain.  The elation of seeing those walls coming down is beyond me to describe.  I hate being half a person, which is why authenticity is one of my values, and boxing parts of myself like that was literally crushing me.  Thank God that I am becoming whole once again!

On to Rico 🙂

My Hedgehog

1. I am best in the world at: understanding others and the situations in which they find themselves.

2. My biggest passion is: challenging others to be their best.

3. I can make money by: teaching/enabling others to succeed

So as you can probably see, the core values and Rico play a very large role in my 10 year vision, and helped me write my goals to see that vision realized.  Tomorrow I will put up my one year goals, including my BHAG (which I’m not going to explain yet, but trust me, you want to know what it means) 🙂

One last thing before I go.  I have admitted in the past that I am incredibly inspired by the blogs I read.  Going back to the whole authenticity value, I love seeing people’s hearts as they write.  I am going to do a better job of sharing posts that were particularly inspiring or funny to me and, in the interest of doing it now, I want to share two with you.  They both happen to be Trakkers Teammates of mine.  The first is an excellent challenge by Megan to have drive and not just dream.  The second is a hilarious swim story from Mandy that neither me nor any other guy can ever relate to.  Enjoy!

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  1. January 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I am loving following along as you set your goals. The past few months have made me really look at what is important. I was reminded again today that being a loving, authentic person can bring wonderful love and friendship your way. I am so glad we have you as a part of Team Trakkers this year.

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad to be a part too 🙂

  2. January 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    What a fantastic post. My dad always says – begin with the end in mind. You have done that!

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Beth! Yeah, it seems when you have an idea of the ending it makes getting there a little easier 🙂

  3. January 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Dang Mike you have been doing a lot of soul searching the last few weeks — good for you!

    Hey did you end up getting any snow flakes? It is about 40 here with a cool wind … was spitting some sleet on my run this evening – it sucks (-:

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Haha. I am nothing if not introspective, so I am pretty constantly searching my soul. 🙂

      We did get some snow up here. Not too much, but it was nice to be out in it, if even only for a little bit!

  4. January 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Holy Crap. I just went to work on my 10 year thing.. not starting well. Here’s the first two sentences. I’m 45. Jason and Lily are 15 and getting ready to enter highschool. I am no officially paralyzed. ha ha 🙂 I’ll keep plugging along!

  5. January 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Another awesome post. I really love the soul searching and figuring stuff out that you are doing – it is inspiring me to do a little of the same.

    Ha thanks for the tag! You boys can’t relate maybe, but it is very good to laugh, so I had to share! 🙂 I think that was my most popular post ever. Shows you what talking about boobs does! ha ha

  6. January 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Great post, Mike! Definitely thought-provoking, and I love your goal of being more open and transparent on the blog. I find that I struggle with how much is too much on my blog, and then end up with posts I’m not really satisfied with. Something to work on for sure!

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