Mindset Matters Activity 3: Refine The Idea
Making change starts with an idea. An idea that talks to us about who we would like to become. An idea that tells us we can do it. An idea that inspires us, and pushes us somewhat into the unknown. The idea comes before even the “why”.
The original idea, however, can be a fickle thing. We get so caught on that idea, that we forget that as soon as we take the first step, we change. We grow. We learn. Whether your idea was making healthier choices in the new year, participating in dry January, starting a new project, or anything else- this week’s activity is to stop and reevaluate and refine the idea.
- Just like in week one, find yourself in a comfortable space and gather something to write with and something to write on (even if it’s noted on your phone). Preferably, this would be a space where you will be uninterrupted. You may want to put on some music or light a candle.
- Before you begin, take 3 deep breaths with your eyes closed. This is to focus your attention on the present moment. These should be the deepest breaths you’ve taken all day.
- Take a moment to review your “why” sheet from week one and then try to think back further to what the original idea of this change was. What triggered you to want to make this change? Was it a single moment? See if you can narrow it down.
- On your paper (or in your phone) write down this moment if you can identify it.
- Below this, write down what it is you have successfully done to achieve this change. Be gentle with yourself! Did you do things 2 out of 5 days? 1 out of 5? Those are successes of which you should be proud.
- Also write down what you have learned so far. How has attempted this change changed you? What feelings come to mind? Pride? Shame? All feelings have a place here.
- Think about how you might be able to edit your idea and still keep your why intact. Free write about what isn’t serving you. Is it too much? Too many times a week? Too expensive to maintain? Even if you feel that you achieving your change with flying colors, there is something that you could make easier on yourself, could you add in celebrating your wins? Rewarding yourself?
- The last step: after writing a lot, write a little. Rewrite your goal in the least amount of words possible, and underneath, restate how you are recommitting yourself, including the edited changes or additions.
You got this!