A Simple Exercise for Improving Your Life
I originally came up with this exercise on New Year's Eve to assess last year and get clear on my visions on what I will achieve in 2018, and what I need to improve in my life in order to so. Since I don't generally do New Year's resolutions, I wanted to do something that I could actually measure my results as the year progresses. Since this exercise is proving to be quite effective and is something I will use often in the future, not just on New Years, I felt inspired to share it.
Where to start?
First, write down things that you did well last year, achieved, and learned. If you learned a new skill - honor it, got better at something - acknowledge it, or overcame an obstacle - appreciate it. It is important to acknowledge what we are already doing great before we focus on the areas of our life that we want to improve.
After you have written down things that you are proud of, identify areas of your life that you want to improve on. There is no set number here. This is for you to decide which area, or areas, of your life you most want to improve on and write them down.
Now that you have written down certain areas of improvement, write down specific actions you can take to improve on them. For example, let's say you want to improve your health. List at least three ways that you can do that. Start exercising more, eat better, and get more rest. Whatever you put down, make them things that you are willing to commit to and not just something that sounds good on paper. This is about becoming the best version of yourself, which will not happen if you are not invested. You have to do the work to get the results you want!
Once you list out the things you can improve on and the actions you can take to do so, go back and gage your progress at least once per week. If there is something that you are not doing, take note of that and try harder. Point out why you are not doing them and how you can start. If there are areas that you are doing great on, celebrate yourself for it. It is always important to acknowledge your improvements along the way.
The more honest you are with this exercise and more active you are with it, the better your results will be.
I am enjoying this process so far and I hope you do the same.
Keep up the good push!