Starting Your Small Steps

In last week’s post, Take Small Steps, we invited you to take a few minutes to reflect on your vision for your life – what it would look like at a 10 – and how that vision compares with your actual life.

We’ve heard from many of you that you found the exercise helpful yet are concerned that, despite the best of intentions, you won’t make the time to take the small steps that will lead you to a life of greater satisfaction, meaning, and purpose. We understand.

  • We understand how busy you are. 
  • We understand that there are pressures for you to be who you’ve been.
  • We understand that loving yourself can feel so selfish.
  • We also understand that if you are not loving toward yourself, you won’t have the energy to bring your passion and purpose to the people and concerns you care about most.

Today we want to make a few suggestions for ways to start taking your small steps:

  1. Looking at the worksheet from last week, review what you said a 10 would look like, feel like and live like in areas of self, systems, spirit, communication, leadership and any other area you added.
  2. Now, look at how you rated your current life on a scale of 1 – 10 and notice the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
  3. Next, ask yourself this question,
    “If I truly matter to myself and love myself deeply, what 2 to 3 things would I do TODAY that would move me forward in creating more alignment between my vision for my life and my actual life?”
  4. Pick one of the things you thought of (no matter how small) and do it today.
  5. Do this every day for 5 days and you will start to see new ways to take action on the small steps that will make your life more satisfying and meaningful.

Continue to do this exercise daily (it should take less than 5 minutes), keep notes, and review them from time to time.

You should start to experience an amazing shift in the quality of your life.

If after doing this exercise for 7 days, you’re finding that you aren’t coming up with ideas, consider who can be your ally in starting to take these small steps.

Not knowing the path forward is not an indictment of you – it’s an indication that another path may work better for you. Don’t give up on your effort to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be!

Spending time over the next few weeks to identify your small steps will support you in starting the new year with a different sense of how to take action on your own behalf and on behalf of the people and issues that matter most to you.

If you’d like an accountability buddy to help you create actionable and achievable goals in 2018, our Productivity Coaching can help.
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