One of my FAVORITE parts of being a time coach is being able to work with Fabulous individuals such as Phil Lawler. You can check out the cool self discovery exercise he developed below.
Prepare to get your introspect on. (Self discovery)
Step 0: Set aside some YOU time during the day where you can be alone, and pensive. Schedule it in, so you don’t feel guilty that you aren’t working on something else, or forget to do it, or so you can just make sure your immediate to-dos are done and you won’t be interrupted.
Step 1 (Time Estimate: 10-90 minutes)
Think about the kind of person you would like to be: What would you like to change? What do you want to keep the same? (Because you can’t really change other people.) (Also, capture these things positively; don’t say, “I don’t want to dread swimsuit season,” or “I wish I wasn’t a super stressed parent,” or “I wish I didn’t have a total lack of will power.” Instead, how about, “I wish I was more fit” or “I want to spend more time with my son,” or, “I’d like to be a better Christian.”) If your heart sings at the idea of being an astronaut, but a voice tells you that you can’t do it – ignore the voice. Get it out there for show. Even if you can’t be an astronaut, it may be a clue to a direction that will LEAD to job/life satisfaction/passion, etc.
You can write out lists, mind maps, draw pictures, write a short story, make a photo collage, do a mock interview with a voice-recorder. Or pick out historical, fictional role models, or old photos you admire. Or you can make your own combination of things. If it helps, you could even write out a solo-play, pull out some props and video tape your mad-acting skills. Just be honest, and try to be positive.
Here are some questions to get the juices flowing:
* Would you like to change how you react to certain events?
* What adjectives describe you now, and which would you LIKE to describe you?
* Who are the important people in your life, and what do you wish to be to them?
* What sorts of things do you REALLY wish you had more time for?
* What fields or social causes or sciences or tools or skills do you wish you had?
* What do you wish you could spend LESS time on?
* Is there anyone (or thing) that you’d cut out of your life?
* What do you LIKE about your life right now?
* Do you like how you keep your living/work/travel environments?
When you’re done, you’ll likely have a huge chunk of unordered, subconscious detritus floating across several pages… so, now what?
After you’ve let yourself DREAM, the process continues with sorting, prioritizing and pursuing the ideas that you most want to make a reality.
To dreaming BIG and making it happen!
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a time coach & professional speaker who empowers individuals who are overwhelmed and frustrated because they want to achieve a life of peace and balance but are struggling to make it happen.
She helps them to clarify their goals, make an action plan, focus and prioritize so that they move forward, feel peaceful and have time for themselves and the people they love.
Elizabeth has been featured in Inc magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and on NBC, and is happy to be interviewed for your broadcast or publication.
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