A little over 10 years ago, I was struggling with some issues, and ended up hiring a life coach to help me work some things out. After getting to know me a bit, he gave me an assignment to write down 50 things I was “wildly passionate” about.
Seriously? Wildly passionate? That sounded both corny and impossible to me. After much negotiation (I was a horrible client I now realize), it ended up being 25 things I liked or that made me happy.
My next assignment was to pick the 10 I loved most. That was easier. Since I already had a list of 25, I just picked the 10 I liked most. And “loving” something was easier than being “wildly passionate” about it!
I still have my original list (I had it pinned to my wall until we moved into the RV 3 years ago) and it looked like this (in no particular order):
- Setting Goals
- Eating at Taj
- Getting a Massage
- A Super Hard Workout
- Watching a Movie
- Being with my Family
- Making Money
- Personal Development
I even went as far as calling it 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life. Excited was OK, passionate was still a weird word to me at the time! Baby steps.
The next goal was to incorporate AT LEAST 1 of these 10 things into my schedule every single day. This was a challenge at first. I was working too much, I was tired all the time, I had no money, I wasn’t taking time for myself or my family, and I was living day to day trying to prove to “someone” that I was “something”.
But I stuck with it and looked at the list every single day while making my schedule. Some days I did ZERO (such a failure), but over time, with practice and awareness (baby steps), I was incorporating more and more of this list into my daily life. And something amazing started to happen. The more I did these things, the more I did these things!
Now, 10 years later, I am extremely good (sometimes too good) at taking care of myself and making ME a priority. There are days where I am incorporating 3 or 4 of these things into each and every day! And if I were to make a list of 10 Things That Make Me WILDLY Excited About Life, it would look pretty much the same as it did 10 years ago. AND…I think it would be easy these days to make a list of 50 things that I am wildly passionate about! What’s-his-face (my coach…can’t remember his name) would be proud.
So I want to give you this gift! I challenge YOU to make a list of 25 things you like. I challenge you to pick 10 that excite you. Write them down. Hang them up where you can see them every single day. And start doing AT LEAST one of them every single day.
Oh and PS…you need to schedule them into your day. If you are waiting for “spare time” or “extra time” or your day to “open up”, that’s not going to happen!!!
I would LOVE to see your list!!!
And CONGRATS for making yourself a priority!
See you SOON!