The beginning of a new school year!
If you live in America and have school age children, you will now be a few weeks or a month into the new school year.
I don’t know about you but I always enjoy the beginning of the school year. It brings back the structure and order that is missing from summer. I am not a highly structured person by nature (this might be an understatement) so I appreciate having the discipline of school imposed on me!
I also like to use this time of year to look at where I am in my life and where I am going.
Today I want to share an exercise with you that I first came across in Tony Robbin’s book, Awaken the Giant Within. I have simplified and modified it a little. If you want to be surprised by how powerful and motivating this deceptively simple exercise can be, then you MUST do it! Don’t just read it.
It won’t work if you simply read it.
So get out a pen and paper or use your computer and let’s begin!
A. Firstly, Let’s start with YESTERDAY.
Think back to September / October 2005. If you have children, how old were they. What were you doing? And where were you living?
Now think of three areas of your life and describe each of them as best you can in a paragraph or two. Here are the three areas:
1. Your relationships (with your significant other, your family of origin, your friends and with your children).
2. Your occupation and finance (your job, career, studies, hobbies, passions, calling etc). Even if you were not working or earning, think about where you were in this aspect of your life.
3. Your Health (emotional, physical and spiritual). Think about diet, exercise, relaxation, sleep, physical health, happiness-sadness, stress-anxiety, any chronic or acute illnesses or injuries. Think of your relationship with something spiritual. Describe where you were 5 years ago.
B. Secondly, let’s look at TODAY.
Once again describe each of the above areas as they are now, today as fully as you can. Where are you right now in each of these areas.
C. Thirdly, let’s look at TOMORROW.
Write down the date 5 years from today. How old will your children be? Where will you be? Do you know? Where do you want to be? What are your dreams and hopes and plans and goals? What is your vision?
Look at each of the three areas of your life and describe how you would like them to be. Dare to dream and be as bold and courageous as you can be. Be as detailed as you can be. Describe the state of your relationships, your finance, your health! Don’t limit yourself. Paint a picture of yourself in five years time that is inspiring and motivating and somewhat possible!
Next time we will look at what we can do next with our vision.
Enjoy yourself and send me your comments. I love to hear from you!