Here’s a fun exercise on how to further think about what we really want to do with our lives….
1. Grab a sheet of paper
2. In the middle of the page, draw a circle and write “MY SUPER 5”- and then draw 5 arrows going in different directions, from that circle
3. Then at the end of those arrows; draw 5 smaller circles
4. In each of those 5 circles, write the names of people you think are awesome. They do not have to be celebrities or public figures. They could be your boss or one of your parents. It doesn’t matter; just ask yourself, without pondering too much; who are my super 5?
5. Your circles might contain names like this (I’m putting a few of my faves in here, just as an example); Oprah, Marianne Williamson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Richard Fidler, Kirstie Allsop (what a mixed bag of peeps, but you’ll see where I’m going with this in a minute…)
6. Then, from those 5 names, draw 5 lines coming off each circle and then write the things you like and admire about those people
7. Think about the person, what they stand for and what they do; what it is you like about them. For example, with Oprah on your list, you might write about her- teacher, authentic, connected, spiritual talks, phenomenal role model, etc. I put Richard Fidler on my list, because he is my all time favourite interviewer, the qualities I like are; presentation, connection with subject, personability, enthusiasm, thorough knowledge of subject…and Kirstie Allsopp, TV presenter, the qualities I love about her are; passion, enthusiasm, fun energy, connection to the people she’s talking to etc; Thich Nhat Han, the qualities I revere are; peace maker, advanced soul, serene, peaceful communicator etc, and then Marianne Williamson; extraordinary speaker, hyper intelligent, challenging, spiritual expert etc. It doesn’t necessarily matter who the person is that you choose, but for some reason, you like these people; their energy, their message, whatever.
8. Once your mind map is complete, you have an entire page of information with which to guide you on your own quest
9. Have some of the people you’ve chosen surprised you? What about their qualities? Do any of them overlap?
10. Without giving it too much attention, see if there’s any guidance for you on this map. For example, do qualities or skills come up more than once, for example; speaker, teacher, compassion, enthusiasm?
11. Don’t give it to much thought or concern; just marinate on it for a while and hold onto that piece of paper…Part 2 of the exercise will be tomorrow
I’d love to hear from you. Who made it onto your list? What was it about these 5 people that you liked/admired? Let me know by leaving a comment on the blog.