Monday, September 22, 2008

100 More Days

Today is the first day of autumn. It's time for crisper weather, fall fashions, and shorter days. It's also time to reflect on what's going on in your life. The bottom line is, there are only 100 days left in this year.

You're all familiar with the benefits of goal setting. You're probably even more familiar with the frustration of not achieving your goals, especially not in the time frame you wanted.

Mixonian takes this opportunity to ask you a few questions, actually 16 questions about your life as it is presently constituted. These questions are related to your goals, but seen through the framework of steps in the right direction, rather than mission accomplished.

The steps in the right direction approach has two clear benefits. The first is that life will not suddenly change when you can cross certain things off your list. Not to deny the joy of crossing things off your list, but we all know, that if it's not one thing, it's another.

The second benefit is ceasing to see your life as a pass/fail dichotomy. Not reaching that New Year's Day resolution doesn't mean you should resign. Focus on the path, the journey, not the final destination.

So, here are your questions.

What can I do right now to move me closer to....

- healthier eating

- more exercise/physical movement

- resolution of any specific health concern

- a new source of income

- higher asset value

- new or renewed friendship

- expressing more appreciation to people

- feeling more gratitude for what I have

- a lighter attitude

- more creative expression

- learning a new skill (how about hip hop classes?)

- interesting work

- knocking something off my "energy drains" list

- listening

- laughing

- loving

It's beginning to sound like a word cloud. The saying goes that time waits for no man. What are you doing to shape the life you've always wanted?