The Ten P Model™

A model showing how to create a roadmap for one’s life around their work

  1. Purpose –  What is your life about? How will you make a difference in the world? Your purpose drives your behavior and can provide you daily energy and happiness. What is the purpose of your life?
  2. Prize – What is most important to you? What behaviors would you have to follow each day to be true to yourself? What would you have to do each day to not follow what is most important to you? The choice is up to you.
  3. Perspective – Others have views about you. What’s more important is the perspective you have of yourself? You can always change what’s not useful any longer. What is your perspective of the world?
  4. Possibilities – What is possible for you in your vocational life? So many of us instead focus on what’s impossible. What would you have to do to start believing more things are possible for you?
  5. Place – What is your role in the world? In your heart, what is the vision you have for yourself? What are your abilities and your interests? Do they match
  6. Position – What is your attitude on a daily basis? What would you like to change and why? What small steps could you take now to try on a new daily position?
  7. Passion – What are you really passionate about? Can you identify the vocational patterns in your passions? Don’t let negativity defeat your creativity.
  8. Perfect Vocational Day – Do you have a vision of your perfect day if you could live it and make the income you require at the same time? If you can’t imagine it, you can’t move towards it.
  9. Present – What are you doing in the present to move towards your perfect vocational day? Do know the gap between your dreams and where you are? Do you know the real reason why reaching your perfect vocational day is so important to you?
  10. Permission – Have you defined and written down exactly what you want? Have you talked about it with others? If you follow your heart, you will become a magnet for your dreams.

The Eight Steps™

A model showing how to implement your goals

  1. Envision
  2. Write it down
  3. Talk to Others
  4. Make BIG change
  5. Build a support network
  6. Take small daily steps
  7. Measure your progress
  8. Celebrate!

The Five Stages™

(A model showing the phases to authentic  and joyful work)

Stage 1-The Treadmill

Routine and boring
Done because you have to vs. want to
Little satisfaction
Endless and carried little meaning
“A rat in a maze”
Feeling of angst
Wanting more but unsure what

Stage 2 – The Trigger event

Layoff, financial crisis, illness, divorce, death of a relative
Angst at the end of the day
Sudden realization of the need for change
“A wake-up call”
Men were more affected by external trigger events
Important after experiencing stage 2 not to brush up and get back on the treadmill!

Stage 3- Reflection

Different models and approaches
Ten P model ™
Purpose- where do I want to make a contribution now?
Prize- What do I value most now?
Perspective- How do I feel about me now?
Possibilities- What is possible in my life now?
Place- What is the role in the world which now best fits me?
Position- Which work would give me a good attitude for the rest of my life?
Passion- Which work would bring me energy and excitement now?
Perfect vocational day- How could I design a day focused around my work which would be perfect for me?
Present- How can I become emotionally strong, have better supportive relationships and make the income I need vs. want?
Permission- Can I give myself permission to re-create the life that I seek?

Stage 3 is time for self-care and deeper self-awareness
“I need time to heal”
“I need to give myself space”
“I need to find myself”
The path to reflection will be different for each person
(One day, one month, one year)
Most important is to not rush reflection
Skipping reflection moves a person back to the treadmill.

Stage 4- Change

Change is required and will be difficult
Unknown path
Trial and error
Financial hurdles
“If I wasn’t living behind this label, I wonder what could I really do?”
“I didn’t know where my next check was coming from?”
The struggle will be different for each person based on their level of resources and social support at the time
Most important in stage 4 is to not give up otherwise a person will find themselves back on the treadmill.

Stage 5- The New Beginning!

Rarely do people decide to go back to the treadmill at this stage!
Better sense of self
Better relationships
A sense that change was worth it
New happiness
“I have a better relationship with myself and others now”
“I am excited about my day”
Each person will follow a different and unique path
A person will be able to reconcile their life and choices along the way

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