Thursday, December 14, 2017

How Do You Want to Feel This Year?

I will be launching a new service in January 2018 that will help you create clarity around your goals, certainty about what to do, and help you provide a greater impact on your work environment.

In the meantime, I’d like to share a free PDF containing a useful personal prioritization exercise to help you get started.

 


 

I hope you can join me on this journey!
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Part of my annual planning this year was to work through The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (Amazon affiliate link).

Ms. LaPorte’s argument – we do what we do because we want to feel a certain way.

Why do I pursue certifications even after I earned two graduate degrees? Why am I working towards a double bodyweight deadlift? Why do I give to charity?  Why do I try to go out to lunch with friends at least 1x per week?

There are lots of reasons, but fundamentally I am aiming for “happy.”  Or any of its variants.

After working through her exercises, I came up with the following five feelings:

  • Contentment
  • Confidence
  • Loving
  • Relaxed
  • Joyful

Two recommendations while doing today’s exercise:

    • Focus on terms that resonate with you.  For example, I am uncomfortable with the word “happy” because the term seems a bit manic.  “Joyful,” to me, seems more serene. Plus, “Happy” reminds me of this video:

 

  • Focus on the feelings that do not require someone else’s action to occur.  For example, “loved” implies that someone else loves me.  “Loving” is something I can control.

Grab pen and paper, or open a word document and let’s get going!

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Today’s assignment:

How do you want to feel this year?

Take 2 minutes and free write any words that come up.

Set it aside.  Review it tomorrow.  Any new words?  Any synonyms?

Over the weekend – narrow that list down to 3-5 core feelings.

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Resources
The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul (Amazon affiliate link)- I recommend this if you want to do a comprehensive deep-dive on this exercise. Her questions allow for a deeper exploration and an eye-opening analysis of your current state and emotional patterns.

Atlas of Emotions – an interactive tool based on Paul Ekman’s research on emotions as universal categories.  If emotional identification isn’t your thing – The Atlas of Emotions narrows your choices down to 5.  Choose 1 (and I’m taking bets on which one you will choose).

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