Write yourself a "Thank You" letter. It doesn't need to be long, or an Oscar-worthy speech for the greatest achievement in your life. But do actually write it down -on paper, on a Word doc, on your Notes app, on a typewriter. Be genuine and truly grateful for whatever you decide to thank yourself for, no matter how "small", and let your past self know it!
Think about why you started. "Why?" Probably everyone's most dreaded question when times are tough. Spend time with this question as often as you can, as difficult as it might be. Let your answer start out weak! Write it down. Think about it some more. The stronger and more specific the "why" becomes, the better we become at pushing through the sticky spots, the uncomfortable and downright dirty parts that are the means to and end. So, Why are you pursuing this goal?
Reflect on the happiest day of your life. Think of the happiest day you can recall, a day that you can smell, taste, see, hear and feel the details of. Close your eyes and think of every single detail that you can remember from that day. Write it down! Even if it comes out gobbledy gook, write out everything that comes to mind about that happy day. The goal here is to immerse yourself so fully in that feeling that nothing could bring you down from and practice bringing that feeling with you. We'll talk more about this in our call!
Who inspires you? Write down the name of a person (real or fictional) that inspires you, who you look up to and admire. Write down some of the reasons why, some of their most impressive traits, and some accomplishments that stand out to you in particular. Feel free to go down a little Google rabbit hole on the person! (no more than 20 minutes). Now that you've shone some positive appreciation for that human, turn that inward. Circle or make note of the traits you share with your inspiration. Jot down a time you acted like your inspiration or some actions you've taken that were in their likeness. Resist any urge to downplay or negate any example your brain sends your way. All examples are valid. Write them down. If you wish to be like this person, acknowledge the ways in which you already are like them.
What is Your Productivity Ritual: . Take some time over a day to really mine for this one. Write out a list of all the things you do to get yourself geared up for a big task. You may have different tactics for different tasks! Make a list of all of it - songs you play, food or drink you might start with, clothes you wear, talisman or trinkets you set up - any choice you have made in the past** to help mentally set yourself up for some undertaking. Let go of judgement and shine some awareness, you may not have even realized you were doing certain rituals!! List it all.
Take a look back: If you have made a Big Picture map in the past - revisit it. If you haven't, I highly recommend using the worksheet in the forum to create one, or a few! Either way, reflect on your Big Picture Goal, maybe the 1 year or further dream you set out to accomplish within the past year or few months, and then look back. *Write down* all of the tasks and mini goals that have brought you closer to your goal. *Write down* a list of all the big, and especially the small, wins you have under your belt. Treat it like a reverse "to do" list. A list of "have done"s! If you like, you can even check them off, highlight, or cross them off for a more visceral reminder of the progress you have made so far. Important Note: As always, create this list without judgement or commentary, try to be as objective as possible and do NOT exclude ANY steps from the list.