Time to Reflect and Imagine!!!
For those of you who missed the first post in this blog mini-series: Living an Inspired Life, click here to see the post and get more details!
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for this next step, go grab all your doodle-thinking pages from wherever you’ve saved them, and let’s reflect and imagine our way into the vision of your inspired life!
I love this part! … Okay, I love all the parts, cuz they’re the steps to growth and being me ... but so, this part is cool, too, because we get to really pull all the bits and pieces together to see what our life puzzle is starting to look like.
For some of you, tho, you might be thinking, … oh, gah! Reflection?!!! Like, is this meditation or something??? Lol. It’s something, but it’s not meditation.
But it could be. Feel free to find a happy spot to meditate on your Inspired Life, if you feel called. That’s awesome, too!
But the reflection I’m talking about is a bit more active … with a plan, of sorts, in mind. What we need to do next, is take all of your doodle-thinking pages you created from last post and try to envision what it means for you.
When I’m coaching a blossom, I help big time with this part. I take a look at all my blossom’s categorized doodle-thinkings, and I look for connections. I apply my many years of depth and breadth experience and see things maybe they can’t see, and often don’t. And we talk our way through to some exciting imagining!
But since, you and me, here in this moment, we are connected via the interwebs and my blog of love and big hugs to you … I’m going to do my best to guide you through this next step with some thoughtful insight from me, so you can do it for yourself! We’ll see how we do!
Okay, so … spread your pages out in front of you … I like to see them in the following type order: likes, dislikes, strengths, challenges, motivations, knocks me flat, & values. For me, this is a progressive insight into how my blossom sees herself. So try this, and if you like a different order, go for it!
Next, it’s analysis and reflection time. It’s putting the pieces together. And doing it in a manner that uses your imagination to what you think your Inspired Life looks like.
Like, for the blossom who says, in my Inspired Life I see myself healthy, happy, and working at XYZ Inc. Or whatever she thinks she sees.
So through comparing likes and dislikes, and strengths and challenges, and motivation and knock me flats … we look for what works and what doesn’t and we see how that fits with your vision of your Inspired Life. We look for holes and figure out why they are there, and what can be done. We look for patterns that might be popping out. Connections. Feel free to write down important notes/thoughts that might be coming to you.
Like a blossom who wants to be healthy, but is stuck in the dieting trap, getting nowhere.
So, look at your doodle-thinking pages and compare away. Look for the solid and supported “truths” of you. Look for what seems wonky, and ask why?
Ask yourself what works for this idea of what you see in your Inspired Life. Ask yourself what is holding you back. Ask yourself with all that you are seeing about yourself … in line with your values … what does your Inspired Life look like in more detail?
You want to flesh out your vision. See it in color. See yourself today, and ask yourself …
- Am I looking to make big changes?
- Little changes?
- Middle-sized changes?
What are you focusing on?
- The whole kit and caboodle?
10 Life Must Haves + Must Do's
OK … so there’s a next helpful step. It will help clarify or reinforce what you are thinking. Time to grab another sheet of paper and your colorful pens/pencils/markers …
Life List time!!!
List out 10 things you want your life to be … or 10 things you want to do in/with your life!
And now look at your life again … here’s that reflection time, big time:
- What are you looking to keep?
- What are you looking to change?
- What in your life (friends, work, family) is working for you?
- What in your life is bringing you down?
- What things can you change?
- What things must you adapt to/can’t change (like a pandemic)?
- What is serving you?
- What is holding you back?
- How does your 10 Life List things match up with what you want to keep and what you want to change?
And just to get you thinking … If there was one thing about your life that if you would just change that it would make you be/feel happy/healthy/(insert whatever value you want here), what is that one thing?
What can you do to make the change? What actions do you need to take? (like eat nutrient dense food, get up and move around every hour, move to a new place) … I mean, these actions can be big and small and in between …
This reflection process, for me, isn’t really a straight on linear list. It’s dynamic. It’s picture-y. It’s doodle-think, ask a lot of questions, think, look to my future, ask a lot of questions, and keep going round and round until it all starts to fall into place.
I love to dream/vision board what I’m seeing and feeling. If you like that idea, give it a try. Outta your head on paper in front of you … it’s the big trick and key. In your head is a jumble … on paper, you can’t hide. It’s right in front of you!
So for this step of Living an Inspired Life, the goal is to create a viable image of what you want your life to look like, taking into consider all your bits and pieces (like, dislikes, values, etc). It’s SEEing what you want! It’s seeing who you want to be!
And next time, we’ll wrap up with growing you from here to there. Laying a path for you to travel. Determining the steps you need to take and empowering you to take them!
This is the good stuff, sweet beautiful blossom and bright star!!!
SEE YOU, THE REAL YOU AND YOUR INSPIRED LIFE!