- How are you at your best? – To answer this question, think of a recent time when everything was in the groove for you. What are the words or short phrases that describe how you were operating then? If you can’t think of a recent time when you felt like you were in the zone, think for a moment about all of the externalities that are dragging you down. If you could magically get rid of all that, how would you feel? The words or phrases that describe how you’d feel are you’re preferred state of being. Write those down.
- What are the routines that would make it more likely that you’d show up at your best or move you closer to your preferred state of being? – If you’ve read my blog for very long or have worked with me, you know that one of my favorites quotes is the line from Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” What are the habits that, if practiced on a regular basis, would be likely to help you show up at your best or move you a little closer to your preferred state of being? Those habits will likely fall into one or more of four domains – mental, physical, relational and spiritual. Don’t stress yourself out by coming up with a list of 15 or 20 routines that you need to pursue. Pick one or two that are easy to get started and likely to make a difference. The idea is to get some momentum going and build on that. Write your ideas down on the same sheet of paper that you used to answer the first question.
- What outcomes would you hope or expect to see if you were operating at your best or from your preferred state of being? – So, if you were clear about how you are at your best and practicing routines that reinforce that kind of performance, what outcomes would you hope or expect to see in the three big arenas of life – your life at home, your life at work and your life in the community? Write down the three to five outcomes in each arena that come most quickly to mind. They’re the ones that matter to you the most.
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