“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”― Steve Jobs
Day 21 – Ask Yourself: “Do I Really Want To Do What I Am About To Do Today?”
How to do it: (this is a continuation of Day 20): every time You need to do something ask yourself: “do I really want to do this?” If the answer is No for many times throughout your day… you might need to reconsider what you are doing.
!Warning! This is a very powerful and potentially dangerous exercise if you are stuck in a job you hate or in a compromise relationship. You might feel like quitting your job or saying “goodbye” to your current partner, at the end of the day. Don’t rush though 🙂 Review the exercise we did on Day 19 to make sure your actions will be from a place of awareness and not from your ego’s mind.
My experience: This exercise has been a key element that helped me make “big” changes in my life, like:
- quitting a job I didn’t like anymore and embracing the freelancing adventure
- detaching myself from on old circle of friends to make space for a new one
- improving my diet
- moving into a new neighborhood and many more.
Together with all the previous small steps from our 30 days challenge, this one is very helpful to become aware of how and where we are in the present moment, while we go about our daily chores.
I’d suggest to ask yourself the question in the morning when You wake up but also many times throughout your day.
Ask it even about the most mundane and so called “small” things you need to do. Practice as many times as possible with it, and listen to the answer coming from your gut, not to the one from your head.
Breathe deeply, do not fall into judging and try not to take yourself too seriously. If you can sometimes laugh at what You discover, You get extra karma points 🙂
So that’s my take on today’s exercise. I am very curious to hear about Your experience with it, so remember to drop me a line in the comments bellow.
With all my love,
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