Ten Ways To Spark Your Curiosity

In my last blog post, I wrote about the power of curiosity. Here are ten ways to get your curiosity in motion.

1. Make an intention to develop a new skill in the next six months.

2. Do something you have never done before.

3. Do something backwards.

4. Go into nature and find five things you have never seen before.

5. Prepare to do something that you have resisted doing in the past.

6. Study an animal – its characteristics and way of being in the world.

7. Develop the least used of your five senses.

8. Read a book about something unknown to you.

9. Create a “stretch” goal that brings you further than you have ever thought of going.

10. Spend an hour on youtube exploring a subject of interest to you.

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Stability

Although stability can be fleeting, it is still worthwhile to focus on creating it. Stability is a foundation – you know your values, you know the elements of your life, you know your strengths and weaknesses and you have goals and a sense of the direction you want to go in. True, all kinds of things can upset your stability. It is easier, however, to regain stability after an upset if you had it before the upset occurred.

Adding change or upset to chaos and lack of direction creates instability and can wreak havoc in your life and career.

Looking to assess your level of stability? Here are some questions to get you started:

• What are the elements of your life that you can count on?

• How secure do you feel in your current work/career?

• Do you trust your instincts?

• Have you any true assurances that what you have now will stay around for a while?

• How well have you prepared for recovering from a crisis (e.g. loss of a job)?

• Have you identified your key life values? Do you honor them daily?

• How comfortable are you in dealing with change?

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” – Tom Robbins

 

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A Change Of Season

  

A change of season is coming. In the southern hemisphere, to spring. In the northern hemisphere, to autumn. Seasons can be used as markers. You are transitioning from one season to another. It is a great time to reflect, assess and aspire.

Where and how are you as we change seasons?

 

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Urgent!

If you are to have a productive and fulfilling year, what must you do? You deal with things that are urgent in many areas. Do you consider yourself enough of a priority to make your well-being an urgent matter?

Pick one or two actions that can bring you closer to having 2018 be the year you want it to be. Make them urgent and you will get them done!

 

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Wiping The Slate Clean

As you start 2018, how about you let go of old ways, regrets, lessons learned, empty intentions and “on paper only” goals and you wipe the slate clean? This is a new year and, in many ways, is very different than the start of 2017. Wiping the slate clean makes room for fresh thinking, new approaches and determining what is needed right now.

Wiping the slate clean can mean anything you’d like it to. For me, wiping the slate clean involves starting anew and committing to what I want to accomplish and do in 2018. No burdens, just setting my direction, considering realities and moving forward.

Wiping the slate clean is a fresh start and holds the promise of creating a successful and fulfilling year ahead.

 

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Year’s End

An ending is approaching – the end of 2017. What is the state of your work right now? Are you on top of things? Have you met the goals you had for this year? Are you ready to call 2017 a success?

The end of 2017 is non-negotiable. Do what you can to make it a positive ending.

 

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Persisting

There is power in persisting. It may seem that you are trying and trying, with little result. You may feel discouraged or weary. As long as you want to reach your destination, keep going. You do not always know where an endpoint is or what a journey asks of you.

Quitting often gets you nowhere. Persisting serves you. You get stronger in the process. You develop clarity and focus. You gain wisdom. Eventually, you get the prize, even if it is not the prize you originally were going for.

 

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What’s Next For You?

We are coming towards the end of the year and to the holidays that start to wind things down. It is a good time to think about the year to come. What would you say is “next” for you? Figuring this out helps you focus and set your intent.

Here are a few questions to help you get started:

• How can I grow?

• How has my perspective shifted this year?

• What do I want to leave behind in 2017?

• What am I willing to commit to in 2018?

 

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Are You Coasting?

Coasting can be a good thing to do at times. Other times, it may not be. There are right times for coasting: to give yourself a breather, when demands on you are lighter or when you’re on a roll and moving forward requires less effort than usual. Coasting can be harmful, however, when you have someplace to go and are slowing yourself down, when your motivation is low or when you are lost.

The downsides of coasting when you have someplace to go are that you are not getting where you want to be, your resistance can build and you can start falling behind.

Let yourself coast when it makes sense. Otherwise, keep your momentum and focus going so that you can get where you want to be.

 

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