Stephanie Franciscus took our Personal Visioning exercise seriously – and she’s on fire.
As the Director of Sales Effectiveness at Medica, Stephanie was a star graduate of the Good Leadership Training program this spring. She’s someone who role models positivity and is always working to improve her Seven Fs Wheel, explaining: “I owe it to myself to create the life I want.”
The Hardest F: Finances
Stephanie came into Training with a focus on passion and purpose. “I take notes at every Good Leadership Breakfast, and I walk away thinking about how to incorporate those messages into that day and the weeks ahead. I push hard for the things I believe in, and I try to bring fun and excitement to every situation.” So when I asked her what she had changed since Training, her answer surprised me. At every Breakfast and in Good Leadership Training, we use the Seven Fs Wheel; a tool to measure satisfaction in Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun, and Future. “I knew I had been avoiding my dissatisfaction with my financials. Every time I used to fill out my Seven Fs wheel, I rated Finances really low because I wasn’t doing enough to prepare myself for retirement.”
Training encouraged her to take a blended approach to boosting her Finances score. Stephanie reached out to a couple close friends, and they encouraged her to meet with trusted financial advisors. The recommendations from the advisors required Stephanie to shift some immediate priorities, but, she says: “Since then, when I do my Seven Fs wheel, I no longer have a dark cloud over my head.”
Conversations about finances are some of the hardest discussions to have with family and loved ones – and we rarely talk with friends about them. Stephanie said that being honest with her friends and blending Friends and Finances was “powerful.” That’s the power of blending the Fs: areas of strength can support areas of dissatisfaction, and improve your whole wheel.
Our Goodness Leadership Training facilitators encourage every participant to share their gratitude with people
around them, and Stephanie took that to heart. Her brother is a car mechanic, and he has always taken care of her vehicles. One morning on her drive to work, Stephanie called her brother, and he laughingly asked: “What’s wrong with your car?” Stephanie replied, “Nothing. I just want you to know how much I appreciate knowing that when I leave my house, I feel safe in my car, and I don’t have to worry about anything. That’s because of you.” The phone line went silent. After a minute, her brother said, “Wow. You called just to tell me that? You made my day.”
Good leaders go into every situation with passion and purpose. And they express gratitude and face their fears in order to create the life they want.
Please tell me, how are you creating the life you want?