I-Deal-Lifestyle “Know Thyself” Exercise Part 1 Write 10 or more of your favorite things in life. Do you favor intimacy, spirituality, friendship, and/or more family time? Is it that you want more harmony, optimal health, creativity, and/or a thriving business? Do you dream of more vacations, increased income, engaging in hobbies, or relaxing? Some of you may want more alone time, exercising, or love-making, while others want to read, watch films, go to shows, sports, or cultural events. Knowing what brings you peace and wellness leads you to understand what you value.
Part 2 Here, you will create your individual life picture. First get a baseline of what your life is currently about by answering the following questions in detail. 1. Where do you live? What kind of home do you live in? 2. Do you work? If so, where? 3. Are you happy or unhappy about the above situations? Explain: 4. Who are you; what are you about? 5. What do you do for fun and/or relaxation? 6. Who surrounds you, lives with you, or is close to you? Do they bring you happiness? Why or why not? 7. Are you doing well with:
Explain how well or not well you are doing in the above areas: 8. What are you doing to improve in these areas? 9. List the 5 most common negative emotions you experience, using the page marked “FEELING CHART.” Then, figure out when those feelings first started and work on healing that part of yourself. 10. Which 5 positive feelings or emotions would you like to experience more often? Part 3 You have already listed 10 things you love, favor, and value; are these ideas truly yours or what other people want for you? Self- Organization begins by defining your own, personal, goals. Go further now and list 30 things you want from any aspect(s) of your life. Characterize your ideal lifestyle, ideal partner, ideal friend, ideal career, ideal whatever you want in life! You have secret desires. You dream of building an empire or becoming an actor, writer, athlete, singer or dancer, but you never mention it, not even to a partner or close friend. You may want to get married or leave a relationship or travel to a faraway place. Many people are afraid to admit what they truly want in life for fear they will not achieve it. This leaves them feeling disappointed and sour about their lives. You will start to feel more satisfied and happy with your lifestyle when you put a voice or a pen to your most private aspirations. Be sure to include all aspirations on your list. To help you get started, here’s an example of specific areas of that contribute to an ideal lifestyle:
Improved eating habits
Education / Career
Home / Living situation
Think about what an idealeverything life would include and write it down. Go BIG on this list. It is your Secret Pleasure list. Unambitious self-talk is damaging to oneself. If you believe something doesn’t have to be great, you will receive a poor outcome, with situations and people that are not so great. Let’s say you want an ideal partner as part of your ideal lifestyle and you think, "He doesn't have to be that great looking" or "She doesn't have to be that smart.” Guess what - they won’t be. You have just manifested a not-so-hot or smart partner. Instead, aspire for the best andsettle for nothing less. This exercise is about going BIG on desire and writing what you dream about, as if a Fairy Godmother were to wave a wand and grant it all. In actuality this is a list of goals for an ideal lifestyle.
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