Has 2020 left you feeling adrift or like you’ve lost your way? The usual milestones, rituals, traditions, and even some of our very favorite things no longer lead the way. You can get on back on track, no matter what happens in the world.
Wayfinding is the ancient art of figuring out where you’re going when you don’t know your destination. To be able to wayfind you need a compass and a direction. Your compass is your core values – what matters to you, and your direction forward is your best guess at where you want to go. But in life, unlike driving, there’s no GPS that can guarantee you’re taking the correct turns at the correct time. Wayfinding requires that you pay attention to the clues in front of you.
Two key clues are your engagement and energy as you move through each day. Engagement comes at various strengths. Flow is when you’re so engaged that it’s almost euphoric. This is where work seems like play. And, at the other extreme, there’s drudgery or boredom, which usually means you’re not engaged by what you’re doing.
As for energy, some activities add energy or sustain it and some drain it.
Journal with Me
- Make a list of times you felt energized and times you felt totally engaged in what you were doing over the last few days, weeks or months. Also try to remember your peak experiences from your past even if they took place a long time ago. Just write whatever comes to mind.
- Make an intention for the next few weeks to notice what gives you energy and when you feel engaged – write it down.
- How can you add more energizing and engaging activities into your day? What habit might you create to help you?
- What would it feel like to make room for more of what lights you up? What can you release that drags you down or doesn’t engage you?
Interested in learning more about the power of your stories to create a meaningful life you love? Check out my Write Into Joy workshops to learn how to build resilience and joy through journaling & reflecting. Click here to see a list of upcoming workshops.