Chip Crane is the leader I mentioned in my last post who's story prompted me to begin writing my Love List. I asked him to share his Love List and how the list came into existence...
I was in a hotel room in San Fran on a Sunday afternoon. I was in a leadership position with good income, meaning I was "comfortable" by material standards. However, I wanted my life to be used to make a SIGNIFICANT impact on others both inside and outside of my sphere of influence, so I prayed.
"God, what did you build me for? Give me my purpose. Show me Your heart." He then had me write my love list, then my gifts/talents, then see if my life experiences supported that and finally if that would be of value to the world. Of course all these aligned.
My love list was:
1. Outdoor activities (climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.)
2. Leading others
4. There are more, but the top 3 are just that - the top three.
MY gifts/talents and experience supported each of those. In that I had been doing the outdoor activities for 20+ years, I had lead others for 19+ years and I had been teaching college courses for years (continuing education to be specific). As well I had received some of the worlds best leadership training (see the http://www.highestgols.com/index_files/About_us.htm for details.)
As I looked over this list and considered all the resources and training I had received, the idea of an outdoor leadership school was the next step.
Keep working on that list! Life is too short to watch others live in their "sweet spot."