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Seven Ways & Seven Days to Renew Your Life
By Carole Lynne
To renew and reinvent our lives, WE NEED A PLAN! Here it is: a seven-day
process to work with over and over. This plan incorporates physical, mental
and spiritual work. Use the whole seven-day process, or choose any one of
the days to work with as you create the life you want.
DAY 1: RE-CHARGE A Day of Commitment
Focus on changing your mind-set: This is the day to change the thought
patterns playing in your mind. Get rid of phrases such as "I can't."
"Why does this happen to me?" "Things always seem to go
wrong." "After three bad things happen, life will change for
the better." Insert thoughts such as "I can do it." "
There are creative solutions to any problem."
Create a visual logo that works for you: Imagine the ocean or the lake,
water falls, butterflies, sunshine, moonshine --- whatever works for you.
Note the image or images that work for you, and if you begin to feel negative,
simply bring one of your positive images to mind. Your image is your logo
for positive energy.
Tools for Day 1: Motivational books, music, dance, art, all that is inspirational.
DAY 2: RE-VAMP A Day of Planning
What changes do you need to make in your home?
What changes do you need to make in your office?
What changes do you need to make in your exercise routine, OR do you need
to begin an exercise routine (with doctor's permission of course)?
What changes do you need to make in your diet?
Tools for Day 2: A notebook and pen, or computer.
DAY 3: RE-CYCLE A Day of Throwing Out
Choose an area of your home, your garage, your backyard, and clean it
out thoroughly. Have three boxes set up: one for things to keep, one for
things to repair, and one for things to give to others. The hard work
Do not tackle your whole house on this one-day. This seven-day program
can be repeated again, and each time you can choose a new area. You can
repeat Day 3 every week for six weeks.
Tools for Day 4: Boxes to sort things in, vacuum cleaner, broom, dust
rags, music to play to cheer yourself on through this hard day of work.
DAY 4: RE-FRESH A Day of Refreshment
This is a day of reward. If you cleaned out your office or home on day
3, then refresh this space with a new plant or bunch of flowers. Give
yourself a present. Open the windows and make sure the light can shine
Tools for Day 4: A present for yourself.
DAY 5: RE-TURN A Day of Spiritual Contemplation
This is a day to contemplate your spiritual values and re-turn to the
values that are important to you. This is a quiet day of soul searching.
In the past two days you have re-cycled some of your belongings and you
have refreshed an area of your house or office: you did a lot of physical
work. You were involved with a lot of "things." Today, focus
on the soul level. Sit and connect with the God of your understanding
and ask questions:
What is the meaning of my life?
What am I here to do in this lifetime?
What am I proud of and what advances have I made in my life?
Which areas of my life need work?
This is the day to take an honest look at the way you spend your time,
the people you associate with, the worries that occupy you too much, the
fears that you allow to control you, the anger you may have towards others.
Tools for Day 5: An honest heart and an inquiring mind.
DAY 6: RE-INVENT A Day to Change Patterns
Yesterday was an assessment day. It was a hard day. Today is a day to
make plans to change the parts of your life that need changing.
Do you have health problems you are not facing? Make an appointment with
a health professional or get back to taking care of yourself in the way
that you know is best for you.
Are you allowing the problems of others to dominate your life? If so this
is a day to make plans to change your schedule. If you are a caregiver,
find creative ways to get time off. And do not say, "There is no
way." Find out what your community has to offer. If the person you
are taking care of does not want to receive care from others, then you
must be strong and explain that you have to have time off.
If you spend all your time compassionately listening to others, remember
that you will burn out if you do not have time for yourself. We all know
this, but we do not always allow time for ourselves.
Tools for Day 6: A notebook, pen, computer, a telephone, appointment book.
DAY 7: RE-INVEST A Investment Day in All That is Positive
While I hesitate to use the word "re-invest" during this financial
crisis, it is time to think about how to best spend your money, how to
best spend your time. You have spent an entire week taking a look at your
physical and spiritual life. Today is the day to take a good look at your
financial life as well. Another coffee for five dollars may not be the
best way to go. A lot of takeout food costs money. Are there ways to organize
your cooking so that you do not pick up as much food?
Tools for Day 7: Your financial records, your checkbook, a willingness
to make changes.
OKAY LET'S GET STARTED AND CHANGE OUR LIVES
©2009 Carole Lynne, author of Cosmic Connection: Messages for a Better
Carole Lynne, author of cosmic Connection: Messages for a Better World
was quite happy as founder of Singing for the Soul and Quality Performance
Coaching for public speakers and performers.
Carole Lynne online at www.carolelynnecosmicconnection.com
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