Wednesday, June 15, 2011

THE Journey of LIFE

Whether you view life in developmental stages or, just like Shrek, in layered onions, the journey of life is synonymous with the hero’s quest. Whatever that quest is depends on you. I will offer you, in all my infinite wisdom (not), options to begin that quest.

The first layer, or Level, begins with self assessment and ends with self awareness. Become aware of who you are—limitations, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. For all of you who work in organizational capacity you may recognize this as the beginning of the strategic planning model. Why reinvent the wheel?

This process can be short or long, depending on your starting point or your baseline.

To begin stripping that first layer...

Do be respectful of everyone. Misery begets misery…

 Do know yourself completely: threats, strengths, weakness, and opportunities

 Do focus on your strengths and opportunities while being aware of your threats and weaknesses.

Do be honest.

Do lower your inhibitions.

Do love yourself, or at least like yourself.

Do show yourself compassion as you would a friend or family member, one that you actually like.

 Do take risks. Get out of your comfort zone.

Do ask for help.

And…every three months, at least, Do Revisit and revise as needed.

Anything you would like to add?



  1. And eat a healthy diet! :-) nutrition is important for proper mental and physical performance.

  2. Yes, Anita. Nutrition and...yes, I will use the dreaded word... exercise. Very important. Thanks!

  3. All good advice! Keep the encouragement coming. Sometimes, I need the reminders!

  4. I love this post! Small things that everyone can do or at least work toward. :D

  5. Thanks Anita for saying that! Do take care of your body; you've only got one and it's got to last!

  6. Emily, I always need reminders. Love psyching myself up! Glad you like 'em.

    Danyelle, each stepping stone helps! thanks for your comment.

    Hi Lydia, butt in chair is the writer's motto, but we also should but butt in bike, or treadmill...

    Thanks for your comments!

  7. I've been very lax in my writing lately, so these are great tips for me. Thanks!


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