Invitation to a personal treasure hunt – step 2
Make your Covid-19 lockdown experience source of a better quality life tomorrow
How to reinvent, change or improve in concrete what you’re willing to, about yourself or your life.
INVITATION TO A PERSONAL TREASURE HUNT *2*
How to reinvent, change or improve in concrete what you’re willing to, during Covid-19 lockdown experience
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE RATHER THAN ON WHAT YOU’RE MISSING
in the previous article, I proposed first to “settle” into this lockdown experience, as Step 1 of a personal walk. Focusing on yourself in a positive way, you can overcome the current feeling of restriction, being as much quiet as possible and creative at the same time, making concrete plans now to bring more quality into your life “tomorrow”. Ready to continue on your walk?
If you’re already on this path, well done! You may find further inspirations reading this article, anyway.
Step 2 – PARADIGM SHIFT: SENSE OF ABOUNDANCE VS SENSE OF LACK
#ABOUNDANCE OF TIME Time is the most important gift we have: the natural resource we cannot buy, not really save nor reproduce in a lab; the one we usually miss the most in our daily life. This unpredictable global pause, offers the opportunity to discover and appreciate not just the lenght but also the potential width of this dimension.
The ancient Greeks had two words for time, χρονος (Kronos) and καιρος (Kairòs).
The first refers to logical and sequential time, the second means a “time in the middle“, a moment of an indeterminate period of time in which “something” special happens.
#TRUST INNER SENSE OF TIMING During this pause, take away the watch from your wrist for an entire day and you will be surprised to see that you will always do on time what is really needed.
By the way, Dr. Michael Breus, in his book “The power of when“, associates four ‘chronotypes‘ i.e. ways in which a person’s sleep and energy are distributed during the day, to four animals: dolphins, lions, wolves and bears. Google it and profile yourself!
#AWARENESS OF QUALITY TIME It is good to plan by priorities and values not by urgencies. What is your approach to quality time?
Having in mind the present moment or a standard one in your life, note all the activities you perform in a day. Associate to each one the duration and the emotion you felt doing it.
Something fulfilling is missing? What do you feel drains your energy the most? What is just time consuming, at the end of the day?
What can you do to enrich your daily or weekly routine with positive emotions?
Who are the ones who really deserve your time and attention? What can you streamline or effectively delegate, in life or in business?
Review your list to write down your perfect day agenda, by priorities and values, estimate a maximum duration and integrate what you really want to be part of your days, today and – even more – “tomorrow”
#WORDS CHECK-IN What makes the difference between happy, successful people and the others is the ability to see opportunities through difficulties, chances and alternative ways to succeed. They keep self-confidence, while remain open to consider even unexpected paths that life may present, headed to personal realization anyway.
Be mindful of the way you express your thoughts when you speak to yourself . The brain takes your words as instructions literally. In order to generate a path, it strengthens them until they become beliefs. Denials Included.
So, what happens every time you say to yourself: I’m not able to….I cannot make it…..I don’t have enough…, I mess up with …etc..? The same applies when you speak to others.
Judge less and stop comparing. Whatever you want to undertake, be sure to constantly feed your brain with positive words focusing on how you want to feel with regards to a situation. Instead of using the prefix “don’t“, rephrase with a synonymous to express the same concept, declined in a positive affirmative way. Start this review now to improve your quality life and starring it “tomorrow”.
#ABOUNDANCE OF YOU Looking back, what do you celebrate? Recall the enthusiasm this achievements gave you. What’s the best thing has ever happen to you? Which is your happiest memory?
What does make you special? What you do best? Profit of this “time in the middle“, to congratulate for whom you are, for your accomplishments, for making other’s life more enjoyable.
How long did you struggled with an issue but didn’t give up? How many alternative solutions did you unexpectedly find? The last improvement you introduced in your life?
What do you want in your job, a part from money? How do you express your creativity?
Who are the supportive ones? How your friends would describe your strengths?
When was the last time you felt truly inspired by someone? Nurture your mind with new insights.
Is there any hobby, sport, ability, curiosity that you didn’t explore or practice yet ?
When was the last time you did anything for the first time?
#THE BEST OF TOMORROW Think big and envision your desired future, blossoming from your desire, dreams, hopes and aspirations. Visualize yourself as you want to be, as you want to feel at the end of the day.
Choose an item and design your roadmap. List down by priority the steps you need to take, identify the available resources. Who can facilitate you? Who are the ones you want around you to celebrate your next success?
What would you like to create, experience, do, enjoy, change, teach, learn, offer, move forward, improve, in your life? Which relationships do you want to strengthen? How do you want to look like? What do you feel to leave behind? What’s 1 new habit you feel to adopt?
Maybe you can take some actions right now, to pave the way to your desired outcome tomorrow. Note it. Make it.
#THE WINNER IS YOU Congratulations! You just found your own treasure. Awareness of present moment as an opportunity and what you are discovering about yourself, not only makes you stay active during this “time in the middle” but makes you generate a concrete healthier lifestyle. I say: “As Everything can change in Life, You can change everything in your own life, if you want”. Keep what you know was good already before Covid but change now what can be, for the best to come.
Coach, Sociologist, HR advisor