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Week 2 – The Many Layers of Self

January brings with it the promise of a new year, a clean slate and a fresh start; which makes it a perfect time to take stock of what lies ahead and what’s possible. A wise professor once asked: “How can we know where we’re going if we don’t understand where we’ve been?” Taking stock allows us to do just that – to consider where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished so that we create goals that are inspiring and aligned with where we want to go.

Life is lived at warp speed today and it’s easy to spend all your energies in reaction mode, doing what needs to be done and forgetting about your most important goals.  But at what cost?  When you’re too busy living you lose yourself in the process.  It's time to step back, reflect and plan more intentionally for what’s next.  By taking stock you can:

  1. Look at what’s working well in your life and build on it.
  2. Identify what needs attention in different aspects of your life.
  3. Understand what values and principles guide your life and work.
  4. Understand the challenges that keep getting the way.
  5. Learn to draw on your inner strengths and wisdom.

This month give yourself the gift of time and take stock of your life to see what emerges. You’ll amaze yourself with all that you’ve accomplished and what’s working well.  You’ll gain clarity on what you need to pay more attention to.  The exercises I'm going to suggest will give you a great start on creating goals that are important to you now.

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Dianne is a business and life coach and author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit www.inkiesta.com
It seems like the right thing to do to begin your hero’s journey with a brand new journal and a package of colourful pens and pencils. Think of your journal as a blank canvas to create your future self. The action of putting pen to paper is powerful and brings clarity to the jumbled thoughts that occupy the mind, remedy especially in this incessant, on-demand world we live in. It lets your creativity flow uncensored and acts as a form of feedback analysis from you to you, like a mirror reflecting back. In this journal, you can pretend, without risks, try things on and dream big about what you picture yourself doing. You can dare yourself to admit, “Yes I can do this.” The act of making your ideas visible is the beginning of a promise to yourself to reach for your full potential. Select a journal that will inspire your best work. Make it elaborate or keep it simple. It’s yours to create, your own work of art.
The journey towards living a life on purpose begins by uncovering the many layers of your own life. One of these layers is your vocation - the work you do.  Other layers include your relationships, symptoms your well-being and your spiritual self. And since life is lived multi-dimensionally, prostate there is an interdependency that connects all of these rich layers together.  These layers call on you to express all that you can become. This week, buy take a few moments to answer the following questions.

  1. How well does my work contribute to my sense of well-being and sustain what’s important in other areas of my life? How does it contribute to my personal growth?
  2. The relationships in your life include your life partner, immediate and extended family, friends, business associates and co-workers.  What’s working really well in your relationships today?  What areas need attention?
  3. What are you doing to maintain your well-being, physically and psychologically? What needs attention? What leisure activities bring you the greatest joy and how do they contribute to your sense of well-being?
  4. How would you define your spirituality? How does it manifest in your life and in the life of those you love? How does it support you in your everyday life?

Understanding what’s working well in different aspects of your life will give you a good sense of what you need to keep doing and begin to highlight what needs attention.

 

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Dianne is a business and life coach and author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit www.inkiesta.com

 

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.