Looking to What Could Be

With 2019 quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the new year will bring. And not only am I thinking, I am feeling, too. Nervous. Sad. Excited. I am feeling all of that at the same time, and I like it. It is messy, but Paul, LeaderShape president, always talks about how you should stay in the mess because that is where you learn the most.

Can you relate to having mixed feelings like this?

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November and December seem to be the months when people celebrate with family and friends, and reflect on memories from the year that was. For me? It is a race to finish strong, and a chance to begin “new habits” a bit early.

To be honest with you, that is something that I am still working on. Diving into the mindset off finishing strong to start strong is going to be a journey, but one where I hope to learn and grow, and invite you to do the same! Here are three ways that I am putting my possibility mindset into action.

  1. Ask why. I’ll sit down, usually in a cozy spot, with an instrumental playlist in the background. At first I’ll allow my mind to just wander. Then I’ll zero in on an experience and begin asking myself intentional questions about it, beginning with “why?”. Let me tell you, asking “why” works wonders; doing this has helped me to better understand what my purpose could be and what I want out of life.

  2. Mind map. Get some handy-dandy colored pens and paper and start writing out your thoughts and see where that takes you. For example, by mind mapping, I have been able to see where my stressors lie and what new directions my energy and effort could travel to. Tip: if you have trouble at first, use a prompt! Try this one out: If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life? If you aren’t sure how to get started with your own mind mapping, this article might help.

  3. Don’t just dream, act.  After I’ve found some clarity through asking why and mind mapping, I don’t want to stop there! Cue the sticky notes (neatly) scattered around my desk and list of to do’s and not to do’s. By taking these actions, even small ones, I am left with a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. Putting in the initial work and effort will set the stage for what the future can be.  

In what ways do you focus on the future? How can you use your time before
the end of the year to help you look to what could be in 2019?

Colby Brown is a Community Engagement Intern for LeaderShape. He participated in the Institute (2015), served as an On-Site Coordinator for national sessions of the Institute (2017, 2018), and recently participated in Catalyst (2018). As a retired mascot and recent graduate, he spends his young professional life giving back and pursuing a graduate degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs.

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