Answer These Tough But Important Questions
The eye care team at LaFollette Eye Clinic is still excited about our recent national recognition. We were named one of America’s Finest Optical Retailers, and we also placed in the 2015 Office Design Contest. It didn’t come easy – much of what we’ve achieved was years in the making. But if you follow our footsteps to craft your own visual lifestyle, it won’t take nearly as long.
Who Are You?
When we began our journey, we asked some hard questions. Deep ones. At first glance, it seemed they had nothing to do with our new building. Here are some of them:
“Why do we exist?”
“How do we behave?”
“What do we do?”
If you’re trying to create or improve your own visual lifestyle, this is a vital first step. It may seem a bit odd and not entirely related to how clearly you see. But knowing who you are and establishing your core values helps you make a lot of life’s decisions. And not just decisions about your eyes and vision.
Here are some questions to get you started:
- Who am I? Take some time to reflect on what type of person you are.
- Who do I want to be? If you’re not happy with your answer to the first question, answering this one will help you establish your future course.
- Why am I here? Don’t make this one complicated. It could be as simple as doing well at your job, being a good spouse or parent, or serving your community.
- How do I want my life to count? Again, if you’re not happy with the answer to the previous question (or you don’t know the answer), exploring this one can help.
- What are my values? What are your non-negotiables? Honesty? Charity? Service? Spreading love and good cheer? Hard work? This one may take some time, but is well worth it.
- What am I most passionate about? Your passions can help you discover your values. If you’re not sure, ask yourself what you liked to play as a child. What excited you back then?
Narrowing Your Focus
After you’ve spent some time with the questions above, you’re ready to narrow it down. No matter your goal, you need an objective. In this case, it’s about ensuring clear vision for life. So, your objective might look something like this:
My goal is to establish my visual lifestyle, so I can have a better chance of having clear, comfortable vision for a lifetime.
Next, you’ll need a “why.” That is, you need some reasons to make this happen. Without them, it’s too easy to give up or forget. Here are some examples:
The people who depend on you.
Living a productive life.
Learning a hobby.
Spend some time thinking about why it’s important for you to maintain comfortably clear vision for life. You will need your answers when you’re trying to get it all done, especially if you run into a few snags along the way.
If you can answer the questions, establish an objective, and create a “why,” you are well on your way to living the visual lifestyle. Next week, I’ll finish this series by revealing some design secrets we used that you can apply directly to establishing your own visual lifestyle.
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