Here we are almost a quarter way into the new year. Strange how it feels like January just began How are you doing sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? Even if you didn’t make any, you probably have some goals you are trying to achieve. My goal for the year was to start this blog. Since you are reading these words, I’m obviously on track. So far so good though I have to say it’s not been without considerable frustration! Technology sometimes gets the better of me!
Resolutions are wonderful, positive goals that we set for ourselves. Sometimes they last several weeks but unless they are a part of something that we are passionate about, something that is truly important to us, they will usually disappear into that “black hole” that contains all those other goals we somehow never managed to get around to.
Isn’t it time then, at the midpoint in your life, to finally get serious about your dreams, the things that you’ve wanted but for one reason or another, never allowed yourself to go after. Isn’t it time to start consciously creating your life? In the words of Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test™, when you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.
One way to get clear is to ask yourself what your ideal life would look like, a process that is described in detail in the book, The Passion Test™. If your life were perfect, exactly the way you wanted it to be, what would that look like? How would you be? What would you be doing or having? To stimulate thought in this area, some of the questions I ask my clients include:
- What motivates you/drives you/gives you satisfaction?
- What would you do if money were of no concern?
- What would make you jump out of bed with joy and enthusiasm in the morning?
- What do you dream about that you’ve never shared with anyone?
- What did you always want to be when you were a child?
- What would you regret NOT having done if your life were ending?
- What do you do that makes “time stand still”?
- What are you really good at doing, that you also truly enjoy?
- What do you love about yourself?
- What is the theme of the books you read or things you collect?
- At the end of your life, what do you want people to say was your greatest achievement?
You’ve probably spent the first half of your life catering more to the needs of others than yourself, so take the time now to put yourself first. Reflect on the answers to these questions and you will be taking the first step towards redesigning your blueprints for living. The first step towards creating a more fulfilling life and to being more in alignment with those things that are TRULY important to you. It’s about time, wouldn’t you say!