What are your plans for 2016?
You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do?
You should go DO THEM.
“Oh My God what if you wake up some day and you’re 65 or 75 and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just strung out on people pleasing or perfectionism that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” Anne Lamott
Right here, right now ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do.
Write down what’s in your heart and keep writing until you’re empty.
Get it all down.
If nothing flows and your hand is frozen in the startup position you may have been focused on the needs of others for too long so you’ll need a jump start.
Consider the questions below. Read them over. Let the seeds germinate. Reread daily and when the flood gates open (which they will) put pen to paper and start capturing all those dreams and innermost thoughts.
THE BEST 10 QUESTIONS to discover what you’ve always want to do
These questions are meant to be answered from the heart vs the head. To make sure the heart is speaking keep it fun and playful. If it starts feeling like ‘work’ – stop immediately your head has taken over. Pick the one or two questions that most resonate with you and work those.
- Go back as far as you can remember (including childhood), remember the times you felt fully alive, fully present and connected. What were you doing? We don’t grow out of our passions, what showed up when we were younger is still there just waiting to be set free!
- Finish this sentence, “I love ______”, complete the sentence using an ‘–ing’ verb to make everything present and active. Go deeper….WHY do I love it?
- When did I believe that anything was possible? What was I doing?
- When in my life did I feel I could make a difference? What was I doing?
- What energizes me?
- What makes me happiest? What excites me?
- When was the last time I was in the zone, in the flow and lost complete track of time? What was I doing?
- What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
- If I could have or do anything what would it be?
- What did I want to be when I grew up?
Once you’ve identified what you’ve always wanted to do, get to work immediately.
In a journal or on a sheet of paper, write down “What I’ve always wanted to do” at the top of the page.
Begin listing tiny, baby steps that you can start taking daily to move towards it. Let it flow. Nothing is too small. Some of your steps may be very ordinary, some creative and unusual.
What matters is that there’s a step for every day. Take a week at a time.
This is BIG.
As Malcolm Gladwell notes in his book BLINK, “most of us in life become skilled at suppressing action”. We find a multitude of reasons why we couldn’t, shouldn’t wouldn’t or mustn’t act.
You’ll have to reverse this trend if you’re going to do what you’ve always wanted to do.
A tiny, baby step every day is the key.
It won’t take long (maybe a week or two of daily baby steps) to pass the critical turnaround or abort-the-mission stage and lock in this new, exciting behavior. By this point you’ll be developing important momentum and hearing a voice tickling your insides as it says, “I’m on my way”.
Isn’t it crazy to think that just showing up and a little bit of action is all it takes to do what you’ve always wanted to do?
Now don’t go thinking there won’t be obstacles because there will but the momentum you’ve built will lead you around, over or through them. Never fear!
Take that vital step each day. It’s not important what you do…important that you do.
Now go make this an awesome year.
How far can you go? Answer: Further than you think.
I’m smiling. Are you?
Here’s a great tip to intensify momentum from John C. Maxwell the leadership and personal growth author who’s sold over 24 million books. It goes like this… every morning before you get out of bed and every night before you go to sleep say, “do it now”, 50 x’s. That’s it. You’ll be conditioning yourself to do it now as well as creating urgency and forward momentum.
Don’t know about You but I’m starting this tonight! doitnowdoitnowdoitnowdoitnow….
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