the start of the New Year can feel extreme.
there’s pressure to collect unsustainable new habits like they’re on the verge of extinction. conversely, there’s the temptation to ignore the calendar’s clean slate and waste that surplus discipline and collective drive to achievement.
both are frustrating and avoidable. how about an alternative?
on my flight back to LA i read nearly all of The Unlimited Self: Destroy Limiting Beliefs, Uncover Inner Greatness, and Live the Good Life, by Jonathan Heston. it’s fantastic and i’ll write more about it, but today i want to share one of Heston’s tiny, potent suggestions.
he recommends writing “i want to know what i want” each day and returning to it periodically, in an effort to dredge up our true desires.
for about a week i’ve jotted it during my morning pages and in return i’ve received all sorts of weirdo information from my subconscious.
last Saturday it was: get a Thai massage
Sunday: hike, then mani/pedi
this week, i drove by a furniture store i’ve been intending to visit for the past, oh 5.5 years, and thought, i’ll walk there tomorrow. that’s right, the place is 0.3 miles from my apartment. and i am not the furniture-browsing type. i own a bedroom set, floor lamp, desk and chair, two half-size filing cabinets, and a worktable on casters.
the process makes me wonder if my “wants” will grow larger with time. in a sense, they already have. a couple days ago, attend a yoga retreat in Bali struck me. does that mean i’m going? no, it’s unfeasible at the moment.
but i still accept the feedback and at least glance in the direction it points. maybe Indonesia’s too far and expensive, but what about getting out of town briefly?
@@you can scale the experience up or down, but you can’t change what you don’t even see.@@
if you want to try it, write the sentence—i want to know what i want—each morning. set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to repeat it throughout the day. keep track of what you find. if it’s something simple, just do it!
let me know how it goes in the comments!
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