I have, both in the past and at present, made some bold life and career choices. It has taken me down an interesting path, and also prompted me to start a journal. The two things ended up being connected, and I wanted to share what I had learned.
I did this whole exercise as an expanding mind map, but obviously, the way you deal with it is entirely up to you. You may prefer to create lists, or a table/ graph. Whatever works for you.
How does your list look? Is your glass currently half empty or is it half full? By exploring your self talk patterns you can start to recognise when you are being negative, and take steps to rectify it.
looking at your dream life, just like your dream job can help you to assess the main areas of your life, and to plan any changes that are necessary.
Create a wheel or a mind map. Give it these 8 sections:
For each section of your wheel give it a score between 0 (low) and 10 (high) depending on your level of satisfaction with each area.
Which section is of greatest concern to you?
What do you wish the section looked like instead? What do you need to change to make it a 10/10?
What ideas do you have for increasing your scores in these sections?
What obstacles or constraints might you face?
Make a mind map with NOW in the centre. Here are your 6 sections:
On the next layer of your map, add all the advantages and disadvantages for each option.
Look at the whole map now. Do any options look more attractive than others? Do any Loki less attractive than others? If you really want to pursue one option but there are some disadvantages, what action could you take to overcome these?
You should now be well on the way towards seeing where your path is leading, and what action and options there are for you to help make it happen for you.
These pages, with illustrations, became pages in my journal. I will blog about that separately, and explain how that is helping me, and could also help you.
You don’t make a leap without a gulp: finding the courage to change careers and live again – Beckford and Fitzsimmons