As I mentioned in my last post , April was extremely challenging for me on all levels. It’s a month I’d rather put behind me, but not before taking stock with a full review. That is what I’ve been doing the last few days, and it occurred to me that you may benefit from this process. At the end of each month I like to do an overall review of what has happened to know where to focus in the coming month. I compare the month’s activities and accomplishments to my key words that I’m using to guide my life in the year.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of keywords, they’re one word intentions that you can use for reference when you are formulating goals and taking actions. They keep you on track when you’re manifesting your desires. They’re like themes, or in the most recent exercise I shared on Taking Stock, they can even be like movie titles that you make up to guide your life. There are many ways to come up with keywords for your life. Start with focusing on the feeling of your intentions to help you bring them up.
So getting back to Reviewing the month. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to mine the gold from your efforts over the past 4 weeks and to begin to set your intentions for the next 4 weeks. As always, have a pencil and paper handy. Find a quiet place and take some deep breaths to quiet your mind and center yourself before starting. Use this quick video to help you. http://coachingwithsandy.com/2013/03/04/stress-relief-breathing/
- What are the high points of your month?
- What are the low points of your month? (Keep these responses to 1 or 2 words, to avoid getting caught in a negative story)
- What have you learned from your experiences this month?
- What skill(s) did you gain from what you learned?
- How do you want to live next month? (Your response to this question can be your guiding keyword or phrase)
I’ll spare you the details of my review, but will share my key phrases:
Live in the Moment – Love in the Moment – Let Go of the Past
How about you? Leave me a comment about your month in review.