#41: What if You Couldn’t Fail?

#41: What if You Couldn’t Fail?

I was in my acupuncturist’s office Friday and she had a silver paperweight on the counter that said,

“What would you try if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

I’ve heard this question before – it’s not exactly groundbreaking. But for some reason, it stuck with me on Friday. I felt like I was hearing it for the first time.

Maybe because I was finally ready to hear it.
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#40: Try Something New!

#40: Try Something New!

I just love spring. Everything is so NEW. Maybe it’s the thick bloom of fresh fauna bursting out into the city all around me. Determined wildflowers pushing up through cracks in the sidewalk.

Nature’s doing her thing, and it’s time to do ours. Let’s try something totally new.

Trying new things makes us grow in so many ways. It expands our sense of self, gives our brain circuits a jolt of fresh juice. Our goal for the next couple of weeks is to try something we’ve never done before.
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#39: Okay, What Do We Know?

#39: Okay, What Do We Know?

I’ve got a fun prompt for you this week. It’s going to have you doing a little detective work.

I don’t watch much television. I do, however, enjoy an occasional police drama on Netflix. Law & Order is one of my favorites.

If you’ve ever watched this type of show, you know that when a new crisis hits and nobody is sure where to start, they call a big meeting. All the crime-fighting team members congregate around a table, usually standing up and pacing. And one of them calls out:

“Okay, what do we know?”
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#39: What Can You Do Next?

#39: What Can You Do Next?

Overwhelm seems to be the order of the day lately. I’ve been feeling like road kill on the Information Superhighway. And it’s not just me. Friends, coworkers, blog readers and even total strangers on the street are confessing their disdain. Our perpetually connected existence can easily overload us with non-essentials.

The problem is that we’re aware of so much more than we used to be. More of everything. The oil spill in the Gulf. Unrest overseas. Horrific details from faraway cities brought into our living rooms via the nightly news.

You can be overwhelmed by good stuff, too. I’m overflowing with a million fabulous ideas I want to share, projects just begging for my energy.

The result of this overwhelm is total paralysis. It’s all too much. We can’t possibly affect change when the scale is so large. The stakes are so high.

Here’s a journaling prompt that will eliminate your overwhelm and end the paralysis.

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#38: Spring Has Sprung!

#38: Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung! This is a season of fresh starts. It’s time to open up the proverbial windows and air out the house.

We need to start small, though. Like crocuses pushing their heads up through cold soil, we’re determined – but not invincible. Embrace your newfound energy and optimism with small, manageable steps.

This week, I have a journaling exercise for you to try. Let’s call it “Spring Cleaning for Your Life.”

Get out your journal, secure a quiet spot with some time when you won’t be interrupted. Take a few minutes to write answers to the following questions:

  • 1. In this season of fresh starts, what one new project might I enjoy focusing on?

Really think outside the box on this one. You’ve got a blank slate – what do you want to create for yourself? Dream a little on the page. What undertaking would make you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

This week, take one small step forward on this new project. A small step is the key. If you want to dig deeper, read Size Matters where I cover the beauty of “micro goals” in depth.

  • 2. What one habit can I let go of that would really help my life this season?

In Seattle, the sun disappears for 6 months in the winter. I develop some coping mechanisms that are best let go of when spring arrives. For example, I can replace my nightly movie-watching ritual with a walk around the block. I no longer need to hide from the darkness and rain. Instead, I can enjoy the later sunset, some exercise, and the smell of cherry blossoms.

Not sure which bad habit is keeping you stuck? See if a round of the Working/Not Working exercise helps you pinpoint some of these less-than-desirable behaviors.

  • 3. What negative or limiting believe am I holding on to?

There’s something innately hopeful and positive about spring. Use your journal to spring clean that negativity right out of your life. Rewriting the stories we tell ourselves immediately changes our perspective and improves the quality of our lives. For more inspiration, read Is Your Perspective Keeping You in the Dark?

I hope this spring season finds you well. Now shut down this computer and go get some fresh air!