Prompt: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
Author: Tara Sophia Mohr, The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals & Readings for Use at the Passover Seder; @tarasophia
Being an overachiever, I've already got a post scheduled for New Year's Day on a few specific goals that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.
For this post though, I'm going to come up with a more far reaching achievement. One of those pie in the sky ideas (at least that's how it feels) that I'd really like to work toward achieving....
I'd really like to become a less emotionally reactive person.
What does this mean exactly?
Well, it means remembering that if things do go wrong, not to freak out prematurely and to realize that everything WILL be OK. It means recognizing when I'm getting agitated or upset, breathing deeply, and really thinking about what my next step, emotion, or action will be. It means not constantly dwelling on every. single. worry. that pops into my head and having the feelings associated with worry creep into my daily moods. In general, I want to have more positive reactions to situations.
In doing this I imagine that I will feel LIGHTER (being emotional is hard work!) and hopefully HAPPIER.
What can I do to experience these feelings today?
1.) Just Breathe. (My mantra for the last 10+ years that I don't always follow...)
2.) Don't dwell on things that can't be controlled.
3.) Be grateful.
4.) Exercise whenever negative emotions may be brewing (if possible).
5.) Get a big hug from The Hubs.
What thoughts can I think to experience these feelings today?
1.) Am I reacting reasonably to this situation?
2.) Things aren't as bad as you think they are.
3.) You have so many positive people and things in your life. Remember this!
4.) Believe in yourself! You will find a solution if something does go wrong.
5.) Everything happens for a reason.
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