1. YOUR GIFTS:

Please identify and describe:

   • your passions

   • behavioral strengths

   • talents

   • special skills

   • unique experience

   • central relationships

   • other critical resources

NOTE: The focus here is on your special gifts, talents, life experience, etc.
This may take some careful reflection.

EXAMPLE: In JG’s case, my years of training in Asia and the U.S. with grandmasters and innovators in Zen, qigong, martial arts, psychophysiological self-regulation, and law provides a special insights and perspective that enrich my present public interest legal work.

2. YOUR COMMUNITY:

Please identify and describe specifically how your talents, skills, and perspectives can benefit or help your community (please define this community) address an important challenge.

NOTE: Soulful work by definition must convey some benefit (reducing suffering, enhancing joy) for your community. The world today is rapidly heading over a precipice. How in a small way can your passionate work help to heal a very disturbed planet?

EXAMPLE: A caregiver has an even more powerful idea based on his experience of caring for elderly, injured, ill, or otherwise disadvantaged members in your community.

3. CULTURAL CREATORS:

If you are an artist, musician, writer, photographer, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator, how might you connect your gifts to important challenges of your community?

NOTE: Cultural Creators bestow great benefits on communities, which are often unrecognized, and certainly uncompensated.

EXAMPLE: Picasso’s Guernica powerfully expresses the horror and suffering in war and has become an archetype for all of humanity (his “community). You needn’t be Picasso! You have your own gifts. The key is to begin to express them.

4. YOUR PASSION WORK:

Please describe your vision of “passionate work” that will bring the above personal resources into passionate fulfillment, where you are actually paid by someone for rendering these products and services.

NOTE: Cultural Creators bestow great benefits on communities, which are often unrecognized, and certainly uncompensated.

EXAMPLE: Picasso’s Guernica powerfully expresses the horror and suffering in war and has become an archetype for all of humanity (his “community). You needn’t be Picasso! You have your own gifts. The key is to begin to express them.

5. FORMULATE YOUR ‘ASK’:

Formulate your “Ask” for the product and/or service or talent/skills/experience your offering your community.

NOTE: In financial terms, the “ask” means the lowest price a seller is willing to offer his/her product or service. In the domain of “soul’s work” most people are willing and grateful to realize this opportunity at a sharp discount. Indeed, millions of volunteers today are willing to offer their talents for free to what they deem noble causes. The question is: what will it take to earn a living by engaging in your soul’s work?

EXAMPLE: In the above example, the talented and innovative caregiver would be overjoyed to be paid $ 50 per hour to realize his passionate idea to bring a new model of caring to the Santa Barbara community, and make a living by doing so.

6. YOUR C.R.M.:

Measuring Community Resilience Multiplier (CRM). What do you estimate and measure is the value (please assign a $ value) for your community if you are given a chance to realize your soul’s work over a 3 year period?

NOTE: You may find this question challenging, so let me explain. If you are paid in the above example, $ 50 /per hour and work 5 days a week 5 hours a day, one benefit stream to your community is putatively $ 250 per day times say 300 days, or $ 75,000. But there are other benefit streams to your community, that have both quantitative and qualitative value. In the example of innovative caregiving you may save your community millions in direct and hidden healthcare costs. You are helping a company or organization create shared value which boosts the sales of its services and products that presumably confer benefits on your community. Your example will empower and render many other members of your community to follow your example, and become more hopeful and innovative. These are real benefits in building your community’s capacity to turn adversity to advantage. There is data that your single example of success may empower hundreds of others. This is the Compounding Resilience Multiplier Effect. Please estimate, conservatively, the CRME over the next 3 years, beginning when you start being paid for your soul’s work

EXAMPLE: In the above example, an conservative estimate over 3 years of the CRME could be 5x.

7. IMAGERY AND STORYTELLING:

Please describe your ideal passionate work in stories, images, music and sounds, feelings, metaphors from nature, and so forth.

NOTE: The key is to begin to develop a dialogue and close relationship with your eu-daimon, your good inner spirit, which in Greek is the word for happiness.

EXAMPLE: I am in continuous conversation with my eu-daimon that is providing timely ideas, insights, discoveries, and speaking to me in the language of Synchronicities. In this course you will learn how to do the same.

8. BACKLIGHTING YOUR FUTURE:

Backlighting the Future (Reverse Storyline). Imagine that you have just realized your passionate work over the next 3-5 years.

FIRST: Please describe in as great detail as you can what that looks like, feels, the key actors, the benefits that derive from it for you, the company, organization, agency, place, people, benefit to your community, how people are expressing that benefit. Please do all of this in the present tense. As you are simply witnessing a movie unfold before your eyes.

SECOND: Now backlight from that point of time step by step—in a way you are telling your life’s story from its end backwards—to the present moment, identifying the key milestones  along with way that enabled your success.

NOTE: Ideally, do this exercise with a teammate in the course, using a process known as appreciative inquiry, or deep listening and appreciative inquiry.

THIS IS YOUR BASELINE:

You have just now established a baseline. Please understand that this is an emergent process. As we proceed together in this 6 week course, and as you continue your life’s journey, you may undoubtedly wish to change, expand, refine, and even correct your course. This is normal. The Leopard can change its spots. You have just begun your Evolutionary Journey.

NOTE: it has taken your course host 80 years to be able to write his story in How the Leopard Changed Its Spots, and it is still evolving, every day! It needn’t take you 80 years. What if it might take only 6 weeks or less. What if you can begin in 30 minutes?