Determining What You Really Want

writing-in-journalHere is a simple–yet powerful–exercise for you to do to assist you in getting started on clarifying what it is that you really want in your life.

“Some pursue happiness – others create it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All you need to get started is a pen or pencil, something to write on, and a quiet, comfortable place without distractions. Once you have everything you need, take a few deep breathes to help yourself relax and clear your thoughts. Focusing on your breathe is a great way to help quiet your mind. When you are ready, ask yourself the following questions and write down your responses. This exercise should take about 10 minutes.

“What do I really want?” Give yourself some time to think about the question before writing down your response. Repeat the question to yourself as many times as necessary to come up with an honest and heartfelt response.

“What do I really, really want?” Again, repeat the question to yourself over and over again if necessary before writing down your response.

“What else? What else do I really, really want in my life?” Try searching even deeper within yourself this time, even deeper than you searched during the previous two questions. Repeat the questions as many times as necessary to get an honest and heartfelt response. When you’re ready, write down your response.

“And what else? What else do I really, truly, honestly want?” Again, take your time to search for what it is that your heart truly desires, repeating the question to yourself as many times as necessary to get to the core of what you want. Write down your response.

“If it were truly possible to create ANYTHING that I want and I am truly limitless, what else would I really want to create in my life?” Once again search deep within yourself, striving to hear what it is that your heart is saying. Repeat the question over and over again to yourself if necessary to dig down to the core of what your heart truly desires most in your life. Write down your response.

After completing the exercise above, take a few more deep breathes in and exhale. When you are ready, review your responses to the questions above in front of you. What is it that you really want most in your life? When looking at the path you are presently on, do you feel as if you are moving towards or away from the things you really want?

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,┬ábut anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

-Maria Robinson

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