Real people who have used the LifeMap planning process
I'm a Biomedical Engineer at California Polytechnic State University with a strong work ethic and a plan. Although I continue to struggle with Bipolar Type II, I am at a good place in my life. I am a little more anxious than I would like to be, but I'm where I need to be in an emotional, physical, and spiritual sense to get where I need to go.
I would like to work more on the spiritual aspects of my life because spiritually is something that I have always struggled with. Otherwise, my immediate plan is to be a strong member of the workforce progressing myself in the Biomedical field.
My plan is to get a PhD in Bioengineering at Stanford or the University of Notre Dame. In the meantime, I will consider my research in biomedical devices in neural systems computation and modeling.
LifeMap has helped me because it gave me an organized approach to identifying who I am so that I may better understand where I want to go. I plan to continue my Journal and keep an active record of where I am in all 7 critical areas. The LifeMap has helped me immensely so far in determining where I am and how to get to where I want to go
Before I was introduced to the LifeMap concept, my efforts really were a bit unfocused. Sure, I had goals, hopes, and dreams, but I just sort of stumbled along chalking most things up to chance and hoped for the best. The LifeMap really helped me put the bigger picture into a perspective of where I am, thought more about where I really wanted to go, and helped me plan out the things I needed to do to get there.
While life is not all about success and materialism, unfocused energy, in my opinion, is wasted energy. Whether it is for God or for the day ahead. Which really go hand in hand. We live for Christ, but I often go into auto pilot, striving in my own efforts and strength. It is easy to focus on the circumstances of the immediate and become blind to the bigger picture of God's love, plan, and purpose. We were given one life, and personally, I would like to make the most of it.
By focusing our efforts, and "Life-Mapping", I think that I can make the most of my time on this earth. Sure, [a] man makes his plans, but... the Lord directs his steps. By being intentional with our time, resources, and efforts, I think we allow God to make the most of our lives by continuing to walk forward. The enemy is the one who wants to discourage our efforts and scatter our attention, essentially making us ineffective for God, for ourselves, and really anyone else for that matter.
My hopes and dreams have a map and steps to get there. I can look at my present circumstances, evaluate my resources, filter out what is important, and what is not.
If I look at what is truly and honestly important to me, not just what I want or long for, it can give me a clearer picture of where I really want to go. For example, money is important, but not everything. How much am I willing to sacrifice for it? How far will I travel for work and how many hours are worth it to make some extra money? Given my honest answer to these things gives me a better idea of how much sacrifice I will make, and an idea of what it is I really want and what is really healthy for my life and family.
I am a pipe fitter welder by trade. I worked hard in my certification classes and had a chance to weld test at the union hall through my certification class. They were impressed with my welding and gave me a chance to join their apprenticeship. Now my goal is to find a career that I can support a family with and to still be able to sleep in my bed every night in San Luis Obispo where I was raised.
Now I am looking to become a QV (quality verification) inspector at Diablo Canyon Power Plan in Avila, CA. With a plan and direction, through my LifeMap, I reach this new goal.
I wrote my first LifeMap at a time when I was still learning how to be out on my own. I was full of angst and uncertainty about what to do next. Creating a LifeMap helped me to approach the problem of "What do I do now?" in a tangible and bigger picture kind of way.
Making a LifeMap seemed to be more than deciding what to do next and how to get there - though it did address those. I had to decide where I wanted to go. The turns and routes could be limitless, but the direction was up to me. A LifeMap encouraged me to think, write, and plan by establishing goals in line with my deepest values. Weighing those values and deciding what kind of man I want to be at the end of my race were just as important as what my next job would be, where I would live, or how I would spend my money.
The framework provided by the LifeMap has been invaluable. It has taught me how to approach life's decisions and challenges while equipping me on how to advise others when facing crossroads in their lives.
LifeMap was really pivotal for me at a time when I was lost and had no direction. Once I decided where I wanted to go in my life. I was able to make short term goals to help me to achieve my long-term goal. I really liked that looking at my past decisions and outcomes I was able to make better decisions for my future hopes and dreams.
When you have small goals set and complete them it gave me a sense of accomplishment and helped to propel me forward to keep moving towards the end result. I know that without any clear plan on where you want to go in life, everything seems impossible and chaotic. With the help of LifeMap and the mentorship of Kyle [it] has truly changed my life for the better!
I thought it would be valuable for people to know I also use the LifeMap and have used it successfully! If it were not for the LifeMap process, I would not be writing this testimony or have written the LifeMap book. In fact, the process has been so effective for me, we have adopted it as a family and review our family LifeMap every 6 months or so.
The journey has been a wild one, but with the help of answering the 3 key questions, I have found a new calling in life through writing, moved my family from California to Washington, and began the journey of introducing this process to hundreds of people. Additionally, my lifestyle has become healthier, my productivity at work has improved, and my family has seen me change in many ways.
The best part of this whole experience is in realizing your vision of where you want to go. I enjoy taking the time to map out the steps and check off the tasks and goals. The beauty is, not only do I benefit from this, but my family has and will continue to as well. I will be starting the cycle again in April and look forward to the new adventures that will come with it!