By Jackie White
With the turn of a new season, I always look at this time as a time to start fresh again. Some people wait until it’s the new year to begin any process of renewal. I think minimally we should be doing this quarterly in our lives. Think about it. When you are working on a project at work you don’t wait for large expanses of time to pass before you assess that what you are doing is on track to achieve the desired results. So, if that’s true, why aren’t most of us doing the same for our lives?
The percentage of people who regularly set goals and make regular efforts towards achieving them is 8%. Ok, I can see where your foot is already backing out the door because that’s a small percentage and why shouldn’t you just do what everyone else is doing. But, wait. Aren’t you worth more than that? Aren’t your dreams worthy of coming true?
If you are still doubting me and aren’t really thinking you can hang with the 8%, then hear what I am saying now.
You were built for this.
You were not put on this earth to achieve mediocrity.
Are you still with me? Here is a great way to kick start your way to greatness. It is a form of self-care and hey, who doesn’t love that? It is renewing your path in life through taking a personal inventory. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt, but it might make you uncomfortable enough to decide to do better. It also should spark some excitement within you to see the possibilities that lie ahead of you.
Here’s How We Do it:
Get a notebook or journal to track your inventory. You will want one you can continue to use over time. I use a small notebook and tabs for the sections.
Vishen Lakhiani in his book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind has identified 12 areas of balance we need to attend to in life. This is a great place to start your personal inventory.
In each of the following areas identify what’s going well, what’s not and what you want out of each of these areas of life. The thought-starter examples of what each area might encompass are not inclusive. Define the category as it fits your life.
12 Areas of Balance:
Love Relationship: Do you need to focus some energy in this relationship? Set up date nights?
Friendships: Have you reached out to friends lately to meet up? Set up time for lunch, coffee or a walk?
Adventures: When is last time you did something new? Set up time to do this.
Environment: Is clutter taking over? Make your space a place you want to be.
Health & Fitness: Do you need to get a routine of good nutrition or fitness started?
Intellectual Life: Find something that will stimulate your brain. Read a book? Attend a class?
Skills: Is there a skill you have been wanting to learn? Set up time to work on that.
Spiritual Life: This can encompass religion or just taking time to connect with the Universe.
Career: How is your career going? Are there things you need to do to improve or advance?
Creative Life: Getting creative can be art based, writing, dancing or solving problems. Make time for this.
Family Life: Do you need special time for your family to do things together? Set up time to do this.
Community Life: Helping others helps you. Identify how you can help others and schedule it.
Once you have your future state identified, then write 3 steps you can take towards achieving that level in that area of life. I suggest you chunk these steps across a 3 month period of time, so the next time you do a personal inventory you can see your progress. Yep, planning on doing this again in 3 months to keep yourself on track. I know you can do this!
C’mon 8% you can do this! I feel a pep talk coming on: Let me tell you something, if you didn’t know. It’s something I have always told my kids and in case no one has ever told you, I will today: You are special. God made you that way. You are here for a reason and that reason matters. Don’t forget it.
Now, that you know that. Can you step forward in your life and take your place in the winner’s circle? You belong there. It doesn’t mean you win because you’re the prettiest, smartest or richest. It means you win because you are looking at what you want in life and you are pursuing it. That is winning at life.
I thank you and you should than you for caring enough to take time for renewal and self-care through this personal inventory exercise.
Go forward and live the heck out of your life!
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.