In the United States, when we go to an optometrist to check our eyesight, the goal is to have a 20|20 vision. This is a term used to represent sharpness of vision, measured at a distance of 20 feet.
When someone has a 20|20 vision, it means one can clearly see at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.
I wanted to use this term as a metaphor and create a 52-week mindfulness program. As the year 20|20 starts, I want to extend this 20|20 ability to my mindset. I want to be able to see and appreciate the present moment, without getting tangled on it, while being hopeful to all the future holds.
Week 1: Self-Reflection
So, you decided to jump in, kick start your first week, and begin a journey of a new you. An important area to look at: what do you love in your life? What do you enjoy doing?
In my case, it took years to include ‘myself’ on that list. Only after lupus’ diagnose, I started to understand the importance of loving myself and putting my physical and emotional health first. Without including ourselves in that list, it will be harder to succeed.
I want this initial week to hold a self-reflection. Understand where we want to be, so we can re-engineer our thoughts and identify what we need to do to get there. I will list 3 questions that will hopefully help us.
1- Do You Know Exactly Why?
Why, is such an important question to ask ourselves. I suggest you ask why at least three times.
The goal is to understand the value of our effort. Picture the rewards. By doing that, we increase the chance to succeed.
We just started a new year, so an excellent place to start is to think about what you want to let go and be different in 2020. If you want some food for thought, take a moment to read my blog, “What Can You Let Go?”
You may want to be healthier. You want to pay more attention to your health because by doing so, you will be able to enjoy things in life that are not possible today. Why? because you have been spending more time at doctors than with your family … and so forth.
Or maybe, you would like to do something different professionally, because you are not happy with the daily job you have. Why? You may not be satisfied with your regular role, because you prefer working with people, instead of computers … and so forth.
No matter what the reason is driving the change, envision yourself in the position that you want to be, and start working on it.
2- Do You Know What Needs To Be Done To Be Able To Achieve Your Goal?
The next step I suggest is to identify what you must do to accomplish your goal. For example, to have better health, you may need to rethink your diet, or find a consistent exercise routine that fits your schedule, and/or change doctors. Now, be very descriptive in terms of what you will do, where, and how often. Including days and time. The more detail you have in your plan, the more likely you will be able to accomplish it. Be realistic, set goals that are reasonable for you today, and push yourself as you go.
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Asher
3- What Are Your Superpowers?
We all have powerful skills that have allowed us to get where we are. Understanding our desires, strengths, and qualities is a powerful combination. Write ten qualities, talents, and skills you have. Now, describe yourself in three words.
Tip: If you need help with that, ask people who know you well to give their 2 cents!
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“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan