Earlier this week I picked up my books again and began my studies once again. Due to the many happenings in my life this year, I am so far behind in my studies it is bordering on the ridiculous. However I am hoping to chip away steadily and get back on track as soon as possible.
As part of this decision, I began a goal setting exercise that is ongoing.
I outlined goals both short, mid and long term and I am now in the process of working out the steps to achieve those goals. It’s an ongoing process because I keep thinking of new things to add or to tweak.
However goals should be fluid and subject to change so I am not concerned about making these changes. The important thing is the setting of the initial goal.
As part of this life improvement, I have pulled out all my coaching books to read. There is a huge pile of them too, so I started with the thinnest one because it seemed to be the easiest step on this path I have undertaken.
The thinnest book is called “Life Makeovers” by Cheryl Richardson sets out 52 weekly exercises to improve your life. I figured why not? After all it certainly can’t hurt can it? So this is my first post. I hope to last the 52 weeks and not wane in enthusiasm but as events of recent weeks have shown, much can change in the matter of hours let alone days and months.
Cheryl advocates that the key to building a high quality life is by creating a high quality ‘you’. She quotes Lucille Ball who said “Love yourself first and everything else falls in line”.
We are not talking about narcissistic self love here but rather a healthy appreciation of self. An integral part of this is reflecting on the things you have done ‘right’ in the past year.
Have you strengthened your character?
Have you improved your communication skills?
Are you more honest with yourself?Do you volunteer your time and talents?
Have you helped out someone when they needed you?
Have you created special memories with your family?
Did you organise an event or gathering that brought people closer together?
Have you achieved something important in your working life?
There can be many things that you have achieved and accomplished over the past year if you take the time to think about it. Cheryl stresses that you can’t grow and move forward if you are beating yourself up over things real or imagined in your life. It’s about saying “Yes. I did accomplish something. I achieved what I didn’t think I could”.
Cheryl suggests keeping a journal whilst working through the book. I thought “Blog. Journal. Same thing really” and so this post is born!
So join me if you will on this journey as our first task is to list 25 things that we have accomplished over the past year that have grown us as a person or can be seen as positive in some way.
Now 25 is a lot of things to recall so she suggests keeping a list and adding to it as you think of things.
However I am going to start my list right now:
So here is the beginning of my list of achievements over the past year.
- I survived Christmas last year even with the massive amount of stress that I put upon myself. And my family ate well, enjoyed their gifts and everything turned out okay.
- I began studying
- I resigned from my job
- I put some of my sewing in the local show and won prizes for it
- I designed, sewed and completed a huge quilt for the Tween’s bed
- I sewed the layette that my granddaughter was laid to rest in
- I have been there for my family whenever they needed me
- I have learned that gratitude is an integral part of life
- I decluttered and sorted out my craft room
- I have learned more about my camera (even though I’ve had it for years) and am working at improving my photography
- I look for the beauty in each day
I’m not even halfway there but I’m sure with time I can think of more. These were the ones that came to mind first off.
Cheryl suggests in her book that if you find it difficult then break it down into your 5 most memorable accomplishments and 3 ways you’ve grown over the past year.
So this is part of my goal planning. Each week I am going to work through the book with you as I set about making my life the best it can be. Please feel free to tag along or join in with me.
I’ll be glad of the company.