It’s my birthday tomorrow, and if you know me you know that means it’s time for lots of reflection and brainstorming! Here’s an exercise you might find interesting:
FIRST, think of your life story in terms of significant chapters – however that makes sense for you.
For me, I have: 1) Childhood 2) High School & College. Then I moved around the country and each place gets its own chapter 3) Bloomington 4) Chicago 5) Seattle then 6) MSU Grad School 7) Lagoon 8) Adoption 9) SKU Grad School.
(Or your chapters could include places you worked, for example.)
NEXT, for each chapter ask yourself:
a) Who (or what) were my main influences during this time?
b) What significant challenge did I overcome?
c) What is the main thing I learned? (about myself or life in general)
THEN, notice if there are any overall themes to your story.
FINALLY, think about what you want your next chapter to look like.
What do you want to do/see/be?
Who or what are you going to surround yourself with that will influence or affect you?
And most importantly, what, if anything, seems to be blocking your way and what are you going to do about it?
Exercises like this can bring clarity and a fresh perspective to your decision-making or whatever’s been on your mind lately. And, if you’re like me, you’ll have fun doing it.
What do you think?
(BTW, that’s my old buddy Murray in the backseat!)