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Can You BeLEEve It?

December 20, 2010

If you live in Dallas or New York, then you may share some of the same sadness I felt last week — the end of a bidding war and the loss of Cliff Lee as a



potential 2011 baseball player for the Rangers or the Yankees. While some Rangers fans may feel a bit abandoned and Yankees fans are shocked at the audacity of his rejection, Lee has demonstrated a valuable point when it comes to incorporating your values into your work. Hold out for the position that lines up with your values, because that is what brings happiness.

In last week’s New York Post, Lee said, “When you hit a certain point, enough is enough. It’s a matter of where you’re comfortable, where you’re happy, where your family is most comfortable, what team gives you the best chance to win.”

After reading the article, it hit me; whether you are a school teacher, marketing executive, or pro baseball player, to truly be happy with yourself and your career, you have to know your values and live them in your work and personal life.

The book, “Career Distinction” by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson gives three main points on the topic of achieving personal and professional success:

1.   Articulate Your Vision and Purpose – Determine what you would like to have happen in the world around you, and what your role should be in making that happen. Evaluate the steps you need to take to match your purpose and develop a plan of action.

2. Clarify Your Goals – Define specific goals that will help you reach your vision. To stay focused on your goals, write them down or print them out and post them where you will see them every day (e.g. bathroom mirror or right above your office phone). Refer to the goals daily to remind yourself where you wish to be and what you hope to achieve.

3. Identify Your Values and Passions – Determine what your values and passions are outside of the workplace, and then make sure that your career is in alignment with them. To better understand what some of your values are, take note of when something happens that really upsets you. Typically, if it upsets you, it is because a value you have is being violated.

These steps may sound simple, but I’ve learned that if you take time to determine your vision, passions and goals, then big decisions- like the one Cliff Lee just faced-are a “no-brainer.”

What are your thoughts about Lee’s decision to go to the Phillies?

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  1. December 22, 2010 10:02 am

    I was heartbroken too Valerie! It’s great you point out though that you have to do what’s best for you and what aligns with your vision for yourself. I just wish Lee’s vision was in Texas…

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