Eric and I have put together a five-part podcast series designed to help you take your life to the next level–so you feel EXCITED when you wake up each day.
We’re diving deeper into the meaning behind the acronym ARISE (the name of our new membership coming soon!). This is episode #1 in the series, and “A” is for “Anchor.”
Ever feel like it’s easy to drift? Or to get started with something, but never finish? We’re sharing three simple, unique ways to anchor yourself in your values, so you have focus and direction when you ask, “What do I want to say with my life?
Here are the three suggestions we featured in the podcast (and listening to the actual recording will be MUCH more fun and engaging, so just click the player at the top of this post. But if you just want to see the main points, here they are!):
1. Creating Your Personal Hall of Fame
This exercise helps you see the connection between the people you admire and the person you want to become.
On a sheet of paper or a digital note, write the names of people you love and admire on the left. This could include God, friends, relatives, fictional characters, historical figures, famous or not-famous people, and more!
Then list out the characteristics you admire for each of those people on the right.
Those are your values. Seeing a clear list like this is a great start to anchoring.
2. Identifying Your “Hedgehog”
Based on the idea inside Jim Collins’ Good to Great, finding your hedgehog means you identify the intersection between what you are passionate about, what you do really well, and what can drive your financial engine.
There are a LOT of things you can “do” with your life. But we’re not looking to keep ourselves busy. We’re looking to make an impact.
3. Making a Daily Reminders Note
Every season, I create a new note in Evernote that features a list of reminders to keep me on my course.
I don’t know why it happens—but doubt has a tendency to creep in, and when you write down who you are, who you are fighting for, what you are doing, why you are doing it—and any words of encouragement you need to offer to yourself on a hard day, that is going to lift you.
You know what you need to say to yourself, and it is so helpful to have this note ready and waiting for you every day for a quick lift.
We believe we can identify our values. We can find our Hedgehog. And we can set up a daily routine where we remind ourselves of the incredible opportunity we have to live, serve, and create a life where each day we wake up excited and go to bed content.
We are really, really excited about the things that are coming. I (April) particularly feel like I am just now stepping into my “Hedgehog” and my true purpose.
And while it is so, so scary sometimes, walking TOWARD the fear and doing what we’re meant to do feels so much better than the alternative.
Shrinking is easy. Staying in bed watching Netflix is easy.
Standing up and standing for something and taking on a leadership role because it’s what you know you’re meant to do? Not easy—but totally worth it.
QUESTION: What helps you to anchor? What have you done in the past or what are you planning to do? (We’re really here. And we’re really going to read your comments.)
Did you ever see The Neverending Story? And that part where the little boy reading the book wondered if it was really talking to him? Well, we’re really talking to you….
CHALLENGE: Commit to Anchoring. Commit to a life that isn’t drifting. And start the process—however it works best for you to do so. Then come share!
Want to read more about the Hedgehog Concept? Check out Jim Collins’ book, *Good to Great!
If you haven’t filled out this ARISE survey, our new monthly membership is starting this year, and we want YOU to help us shape it! Click here to share your ideas and join our interest list, so you can hear more about this exciting new membership as it comes together!
If you have piles all around you and thousands of emails in your inbox, you might not even be able to wrap your head around the idea of anchoring. That’s why getting organized comes first for me. Clear the piles, get out of the email clutter. Get your house clean and your life clean and then sit down in that beautiful space and think.
If you’re interested in learning four steps you can apply today to help you create space–both in your mind and around you–we’d love you have you join us in our free training, How to Stop Drowning in Piles!
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