Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: "This is Your Life"

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"This is Your Life"

This is your life, are you who you want to
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose
Switchfoot, “This is Your Life”,
The Beautiful Letdown
Release date: February 25, 2003.

When did you last revisit the dreams of your youth? How far have you drifted from your dreams?

Take this challenge.

Give yourself permission to dream as though you were a child and the world was younger. Trust that there are no constraints on what you can do. Your height doesn’t matter if you want to be a basketball player. Your risk aversion doesn’t matter if you want to fly to distant stars. You can be or do anything you want. When you are in that space, answer the question.

If you could be or do anything you want what would you be or do?

Sit with your answer. Keep your judgment on hold. Remember, right now, there are no constraints.

After sitting with your answer, add details. When you are being or doing what you want, picture your surroundings, identify the people (or type of people) around you, and name the actions that fill your time. If possible, construct a representation of this world; this can be in the form of a mind-map, collage, journal entries, drawings, or whatever works best for you.

In your mind, take yourself to that place of being or doing. What do you feel? What are the benefits that you gain? How do you feel about them? If possible, find ways to add the feelings to your representation.

Study your picture for a time. Add more depth of the details, explore the feelings and try to make the benefits more concrete.

What part of your dream could you bring into your life?

What steps could you take that would allow you to test the possibilities in that dream?

In the beginning verse of the song, we hear “This is your life, and today is all you’ve got now.” If your life is not what you dreamed it would be, you have the choices of today to make. What choice could you make today that brings you closer to that dream?

Copyright 2006 Sherry L. Read, All Rights Reserved

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