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What’s on Your Mind? (More than you think . . .)

You have more influence on the direction of your life than you think. When you accept responsibility for your life, choices, and feelings, you also can choose to gradually change things that are presently unsatisfying.  This realization brings a great sense of relief, freedom, and hope for the future. To begin, simply imagine something different by writing it on paper.

Another aspect of your ability to choose is to realize that you can un-choose. Creative life planning involves pondering and sorting through possibilities to achieve clarity. Within the context of this process, you can choose and un-choose. Knowing you have the ability to change your mind leaves you freer to investigate new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. If one idea doesn’t work for you the way you want you can go back to the old way, or try something completely different.

For this next assignment I want you to write 100 questions. It’s easy to make this assignment more difficult by thinking you have to think up 100 questions. Not so. You’re just writing the questions that already EXIST in your mind and heart in order to see their variety and depth. There are no right or wrong questions.

  • The first questions are usually practical. In my life, that usually has to do with gardening or remembering birthdays. (Examples: #3. What few areas in my yard will I change? #10. What do I want to un-clutter in my home? #18. Where do I want to travel this year? #20. What will I fix for Sunday dinner? (Some of the questions even get repeated.)
  • After 30-40 questions though, themes and patterns emerge. I see what I’m passionate about, what I may have forgotten that I love to do, and what I’ve put off that needs attention. (Examples:#52. What’s my next writing project? #56. When will we schedule a Hawaii cruise? #59. Where can I find a place for Stan’s music in the family room?
  • My deepest insights always come at the end of the list and still some practical ones also. These often surprise me and I know I’m accessing my heart wisdom. (Examples: #75. What feels most right to work on next? #78. How many copies of Transformational Thinking do I need to sell to break even? #85. What rocks do I want in my yard?—see, yard stuff keeps coming up, and, now I have rocks in my yard as of 2008).

I study my list to identify themes (usually about 3-5 main ones) and underline them in different colors of ink. I highlight dreams and desires that surface. Then I pick my top 3-5 questions to create more detail later on.

“Our dreams are who we are. Differentiation is essential for the happiness of adults.
Awareness of our thoughts helps us keep those old messages quiet so they don’t drown out
that HOT TIP which, even at this very moment, is being whispered to you straight from your own soul:
what you’re really supposed to be doing is whatever makes your heart sing.” 
—Barbara Sher

Module 2.2 Activity: 100 Questions

  • To experiment with what's in your mind, set aside some quiet time - approximately 30 minutes where you will be undisturbed.

  • 3. Write your answers to the following summarizing questions: