In my previous post, I shared with you the one question you need to answer, especially if you want to take your goal setting to another level and start being truly strategic about how you plan your life and spend your time.
What fires you up?
The question is elegant in its simplicity.
By taking the time to thoughtfully answer this question, you’re doing something sort of amazing: you’re defining the things you need in your life to fuel your fire. Yes – knowing yourself is that powerful.
In this post, I’m sharing my worksheets with you; my real answer to this question. No edits or photoshopping here!
One of my favorite writers, Lara Casey, introduced me to a great question, and today I want to share it with you. It’s that good. Why? Because it changed the way I think about goal setting as well as how I approach my goal setting and planning processes. Here it is:
I didn’t forget that I had promised to post this, but I am a bit late in sharing it. Without further delay, as promised, one of my unedited Fear Identification worksheets from ACEing2015. *gulp*
Having just come off a week of travel for work, followed by another week of playing catch-up on my work and home life, I was itching to write. I always feel this way when I take long breaks from doing the creative things I love, the stuff that feeds my soul. I was daydreaming about it. I had so many ideas and was so inspired, I thought I could simply carve out some time and dedicate it to writing. Easy peasy, right? hashtag gettingstuffdone hashtag makingstuffhapen I was totally high-fiving myself for this.
On Thursday I made my weekend plans: wake up around 6am on Saturday, have my coffee, start the writing, work on graphics, do some more writing, maybe eat something at some point, possibly shower and put clothes on, then, later in the day, take some pictures. Repeat on Sunday. Celebrate.
Friday morning arrived, and with it came the most god awful flu that I can ever recall having. It was evil. I had body aches, a fever, sinus congestion, couching, sore throat, post nasal drip… you get the idea. With only one day to go before my planned weekend of doing nothing other than writing and indulging myself in creative pursuits, I was facing the
possibility reality of being benched. I was throwing a tantrum in my mind, and it didn’t end there.
I started thinking about this post, Part 2 of my ACEing 2015 goal setting series, the day before clicking publish on Part 1. Somehow, despite the fact that I was super inspired and motivated, days later the bulk of what I wanted Part 2 to be just wasn’t coming to me. I would sit down and write, craft outlines, only to review my progress and not feel it. I didn’t feel it in my heart. My own words weren’t speaking to me at all.
So I stepped back and waited, occasionally stopping to really think about what it was that I was trying to achieve by writing these posts and sharing these parts of myself with you all, here on my blog. During the day, I got into the habit of noticing when I felt inspired and making a note about what it was that inspired me. I was listening to a LOT of music. I put myself out there to be found – reaching out to friends and really being present. Spending time with my kids. Cooking. Yoga.
As I did this, the searching and thinking and living my life, I was also really tapping into my awareness of myself and my actions and reactions. Being still, so I could see.
And then it hit me. 5 days later… The fears.