Happy New Year to all.
I facilitated a class last night on creating Life Resolutions. It is a simple way to look and prioritize what is most important to you right now. The idea is that you are on your deathbed and someone asks if your life was a success. What is your answer? A full out, “YES?” Perhaps it is a, “Sort of,” or possibly a “No.” First write out the main reason your life was not a success. Then add four more reasons. Now turn those into wishes, “For my life to have been a complete success, I wish I’d…”
Notice what comes up as you are writing these. Old stories about who you are as a person. For example, “I am just a procrastinator, I can’t get anything done.” Or, “I’m too old to go back to school.” Perhaps it is more of an idea that you have to first do this before you can do what you really want. Maybe some feelings come up, sadness that you haven’t done it or anger at yourself or someone else. Fear may come up as you put something out there that could be a challenge that could take you out of your comfort zone. Welcome those, appreciate them, accept them, and then continue on.
Now turn those wishes into things that you have done such as, “My life is a complete success because I…” Next is to turn them into the current, “I now enjoy…” Lastly, create action steps. It may be a smaller action step such as wondering about the next step. Wondering does count as a step. Or something bigger like giving a talk about a topic you love or applying to a class that excites you. Appreciate yourself for taking a step, no matter how big or small.
The workshop was based on 5 Wishes by Gay Hendricks. The website is http://www.5wishesbook.com/wishes/index.php if you want to check it out. The book is a relatively quick read with great examples. Feel free to post your Life Resolutions here, I would love to hear them.