When I was in high school, I had a fabulous teacher, John Staniloui, who taught an advanced communications course called Positive Peer Influence. In this class, the positive and negative leaders of the student body were brought together to work in mediation with students who faced challenges in making appropriate choices... before the administration got involved.
Part of the process of learning how to engage with students and understand their different perspectives was to create a vision board. This tool was something we each created that described how we see the world, and ourselves in it... including our interaction with others. Sometimes we included our goals (both physical and emotional), and other times simply the affect we wanted our interactions to have on others.
I've continued this process into my adulthood. I've found it to be extremely helpful in focusing my energy and also in reminding me that perspective is everything - and nothing - simultaneously.
Every few years, I sit down, spend some time in self-evaluation, and come up with a new board. I hang it in my studio, right over my writing space, so I can refer to it daily. It acts as a good reminder whenever the phone rings, or I answer an email, or design dialogue for a character in one of my books.
Below are a couple of the vision boards I've created over the years. I recommend that you try this approach. You may find it to be helpful.
Diana Kathryn Plopa
I love being in love; writing; reading; mammals of nearly every kind, and especially micro-humans! Come enjoy my world with me - Secret Decoder Ring not required!!