Welcome to part two in the series Kill Stress With This Self Discovery Exercise. Each article has a different exercise and they build on each other. But you don’t have to do them all, you might only need to do a few or just read them.
In step one we set some goals, now we’re going to build some time lines.(To read the first article in the series click here).
For this exercise you’ll need: 2 poster boards
Current and Future Time lines
Time lines give you a visual so the past and future are clearer. This self discovery exercise is lots of fun, so let yourself get carried away.
Current Time Line
Take one of the poster boards and record your life until now. Use photos or other graphics (you can even draw them if you want)to represent important events in your life.
If you don’t have physical photographs you can print some on regular paper from the computer, or get them from magazines or newspapers.
This self discovery exercise gives you an added boost to make changes in your life.
When you reflect on your current time line after it’s finished you might remember abilities and strengths you forgot you had; or situations you’ve gotten through because you took action.
Future Time Line
Find images to represent the life you want (include the goals from step one). Don’t let your current stresses get in the way. Just focus on what do you want your future look like.
I only recommend looking 5 years into your future – some people recommend doing it for 5 years and then in 5 year increments up to how many years you choose. I don’t recommend this because life changes too much nowadays. You’re going to change and life always takes us on twists and turns we don’t expect.
And can you truly picture what your life would be like twenty years from now?
Daydream again for this exercise, and don’t be critical of yourself. Picture what you want your future to look like.
What does your personal life look like in the future? Where do you live? What’s your social life like? What kind of job do you have? What do you daily? Who do you hang out with?
Don’t worry right now about money, or how you’re going to get the future you want – just go nuts and plan away.
When you’re finished put the two boards beside each other and hang them where you can see them for at least one week.
As you ponder your new goals think of ways you can put them into action.
When you consider ideas you’ll find that a few of your future plans will come to mind more often than others.
This is your subconscious telling you what you want the most – so go for those first! Choose a way to achieve what you want, and create a plan of action. You might have to do some research to see what needs to be done. If your time line includes a career that requires a degree you may not have to go to college.
Did you know that Google doesn’t care about college degrees, and in this article Bill Gates said the following in a video about how he feels about getting a college education verses teaching yourself:
A self-motivated learner gets more knowledge than a college student.
Technology can bring down the cost of education from $200,000 to $2,000. Bill Gates
Self teaching using the internet is favored by many, but it depends on what your career goals are.
Don’t forget about your time lines, especially your future time line. Look at it at least once a week to keep you motivated. And mark off things your accomplish as you go.
When things go wrong (and they will) look at your current time line to remind yourself of the great things you did in the past.
As long as you continue with self discovery exercises and focus on how amazing you are you’ll start getting the life you want.
I know, because I’ve done it. You need to be patient, and remember that life is full adversity. Keep hope close to your heart, and leave wiggle room in your future goals for life’s unpleasant surprises.
In Part III we look at changing how your physically feel. You can click here to read this self discovery exercise.
Until next time