Recently, my husband Greg was in the hospital for a health issue. He started in the emergency room and was eventually admitted to the hospital. This experience created a lot of thought and reflection for me on many levels. One that I think might be helpful to you is how Smart Women occasionally need a personal or business check-up if they are to truly realize their Big Idea, Dreams, and Goals. This week, I’m going to offer you some simple solutions on your “personal” check-up. Next week, I’ll share some reflections and simple solutions on your “business” check-up.
“What am I passionate about?” “What am I called to do?” “What would provide me with a happy fulfilled life each and every day?” I asked myself these questions 8 years ago. I knew I deserved to wake up every day full of energy and anticipation. Unfortunately, there is no “magic” pill that provided the answers. I needed help. I made a decision to get my own “personal” checkup, and went through a process of evaluation. Follow these easy, simple solutions that I’ve created for you to begin your “personal” checkup:
Get Connected With an Expert – Ask the “Right” Questions. During Greg’s entire stay at the hospital, there was one constant at all times: He was asked questions, a lot of questions. And when you thought there could be no more questions, the experts asked more questions. Why? To clarify what was really going on; to get focused on what seemed to be the root of the problem. It’s important to spend some quiet time thinking about where you are right now in your life and ask some clarifying questions: What’s working? What’s not working? What do I need to change? What do I need to let go of? Get connected to a coach, mentor, or other wise individual that can help you ask the “right” questions so you can get on the right path to a life that you love waking up to every day.
Find a Care Partner. On the wall in each patient’s room is a big white board with the words “care partner” and each day someone became Greg’s care partner. I like that word–care partner. It means this person cares about you, your healing, your life renewal, and moving forward. A care partner is there to support you in your journey to move ahead, wherever you are going. Who’s your care partner? Does anyone come to mind? It’s essential if you are going to renew your life, re-invent yourself, or make a change that you have a care partner and support system around you. Start thinking about where you need support and care in your life. In my Women’s Success Circles, there is a care partner community that is created. Women come together and become part of a caring support system for one another so that they can ask themselves the big questions and move forward in their passion filled journey.
Create a Plan for the day. On the white board in Greg’s room, there are the words “Plan for the day.” Every day, Greg’s expert physicians and care partners are reviewing the progress from the day before and making decisions about what needs to happen today so that Greg will continue to move forward. Do you have a plan every day to move you forward to living a life filled with energy, passion, and purpose? Is it moving you toward your life goals? Getting up every day and “winging it” won’t take you very far. I know because I was “winging it” in my life some years ago and it quickly brought frustration, as I did not seem to make any progress. Think about your plan for the day. Is it like a rocket ship that will launch you to your desired goals or is it like a merry-go-round that seems to move but never goes anywhere?
Why is all this so vitally important? When I walk the halls of that hospital and glance into each room, I know that if I went inside, took a seat beside the bed, and asked each patient what they wished they had more of in their life, they would most likely reply, “I wish that I had spent more time doing those things in life that made me happy, that filled my soul with passion, that made me feel my life had purpose and meaning.”
Get your “personal” check-up right now and open your arms wide to embrace the world with all of its possibilities.
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.
© 2009 Joy Chudacoff
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