We all have beliefs about what we think would make us happy, or even better, fulfill us. And we can co-collaborate with the universe, and our intuition, to ensure that happens! With that in mind, it’s important to deeply understand, reflect on, and challenge those beliefs from time to time, to ensure we are on the right path.
Try this exercise. There is no wrong answer. Think big. Think small. Think abstractly, and be honest.
By the way, if you’re curious what I wrote, you can check it out here, “The Things I want Most.”
1. “What do I want to be?”
- Consider what qualities or characteristics you want for yourself as a person, and apply some adjectives.
- Consider the essence of the lifestyle you’d like to maintain.
- Also contemplate, in what ways you want your being to relate to others.
2. “What do I want to experience?”
This could refer to your daily life, or to the broader vision you have. Again, there is no wrong answer. Let’s break it down a little bit:
- Reflect on what feelings, sensations, and encounters you would like to have.
- What “bucket-list” activities do you have?
Take some time to determine whether or not your answers align between questions number one and two.
Taking this exercise from the future tense to the present tense…
(This is where it can get really good!)
Redo this exercise but ask these questions instead: Remember, you already answered your honest ideal answer – here, provide your stripped down to the bare-naked-bone, honest answers about where you’re at today.
1. “What am I?”
- Consider what qualities or characteristics you exhibit and apply some adjectives. These may not be the qualities or characteristics you wish you would exhibit. Still, be honest with yourself. You already know the truth anyway.
- Consider the essence of the lifestyle you have. Is it maintainable?
- Also contemplate, in what ways does your being affect others.
2. “What do I experience?”
- Reflect on what feelings, sensations, and encounters you already have regularly. Tell your side of the story, from your honest perspective – how do you experience various life encounters, internally and externally?
- What self-determined goals or visions for yourself, have you accomplished? Are you on track?
Circle back and determine whether or not the “I want to be” and “I want to experience” answers are able to coexist.
Do your present tense desires set you up to experience your future desires?