DiY Perspective

Here’s a Do It Yourself guide to reflecting on your last six months and the six months to come.

I invite you to sit down for an hour or so with whatever tools best help you reflect: maybe your calendar, your journal, a notebook, art supplies, a friend.

Open up by asking yourself:

What do I remember from these past six months? What has happened in the world during the last six months? What has happened in my community, my group, my family, my team?

What has happened in my life during the last six months?

Who was I on January 1, 2010? What has changed? What is the same? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of my last six months? What have been my dreams and goals? What am I proud of? What do I wish had been different? What am I celebrating?

Take some time to sit with these questions and wait for the answers to come to you.

Journal about them. Sketch an image that comes to mind. Get curious about what’s coming up for you.

Note where are you right now.

If 2010 is a journey, and you are midway through it, what is the landscape in which you are standing right now? Imagine travelling up in a helicopter, and then looking down from far above at where you are on your path. What do you see around you? What do you see behind you? What do you see on the horizon?

What is the energy and the potential of where you are right now? What is there to love about where you are right now?

Imagine where you are heading.

What do you hope is true about you by the end of 2010? What do you want more of in your life? What do you want less of? What one change could you make that would make all the difference? What do you need to be reminded of over the next six months?

If you could write a billboard, a bumper sticker, a newspaper headline to capture the energy you want to bring to your next six months, what would it be?

Make it real.

Take your billboard, bumper sticker, newspaper headline, motto, and bring it to life. Write it in bold colours and post it on your wall. Draw what it would look like, photograph it, and set it as your computer desktop. Tell other people what it is. Ask yourself every morning how your intention will come alive today.

Open yourself to what might happen, and thank yourself for taking the time to reflect and dream.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the in-person Two Hours of Perspective. I’m so excited to bring my newspaper headline to life:

Woman on Fire!

Sizzle.

Laura McGrath, CPCC, is a Toronto-based co-active life coach who helps smart people to live from their hearts. Let's talk! You can subscribe to Ready for Change news to receive thoughtful notes on personal growth, and you can contact Laura to find out if coaching is right for you.