Earlier this month, Zack posted a new blog titled, “Are you happy? (My year in review)” .
I would urge you to read the whole article however, if you only have time to read this, here’s a extract of a great exercise.
“I did an exercise four months ago that I learned in Steve Pavlina’s book, Personal Development for Smart People. Steve says to assign a 1-10 rating of each area of your life – 1 means you’re completely dissatisfied with it, and 10 means “you’re absolutely experiencing what you desire.”
Here are some examples that Steve lists:
- Daily routine
- Money & financial security
- Health & Fitness
- Mental development
- Social life & relationships
- Home & family
- Character & integrity
- Life purpose & contribution
- Spiritual development
Note: I URGE you to jot down these ratings now – before you read the sentences that follow the bullet points. After you read the paragraph after the bullet points, the exercise is pointless.
OK – done with your list? Here we go.
He says to take any rating that isn’t a 9 or a 10 and replace it with a 1. If you’re not thrilled with an aspect of your life, it’s taking away from your happiness – or, at the very least, not adding to it. Any rating other than a 9 or 10 is just a 1 in disguise – “either you have what you want, or you don’t.” In the words of Yoda, “do, or do not. There is no try.”
I’ve put off doing this exercise for two weeks but really wish I hadn’t. There’s a few areas in my life I’m not exactly happy with and this was a big wake up call to make some adjustments.
What will you be doing this Monday?