One of my favorite ways to approach life is through the GPS analogy.
This is quite timely, as I have been searching routes from Sarasota to Cape Canaveral for this weekend’s getaway. Yes, I’m excited to announce that I’m going to see my first rocket launch tomorrow. The mission of the SpaceX Falcon 9 is to deliver cargo to the international space station. I’m hoping that my whole body rumbles with the force required for liftoff!
Anyway, back to the GPS thing.
It’s simple, right?
You enter a starting location, and an end destination.
Then, the routes are calculated based on time, road preferences, shortest distance, etc. All you have to do, is select the best route, and get in the car and go!
That is how life is, too.
Look at where you are now, decide where you want to go, and select various routes to get there.
We don’t have to get all caught up in the past about how we got to where we are… and we don’t have to explain, or justify, or even ponder why we’re not to where we want to be already.
Instead, start each day new.
I do this in mornings with some meditation (to find a centered, quiet space to start the day with a succinct focus on what’s important). I also write in my journal, reflecting on things that are going well in my life. This reminds me that things are working out for me, and that there are many indicators, every day, that I’m on the right track already.
Then, I add clarity about where I want to keep moving forward. I write down the things I want in my life. I keep an ongoing list of big picture items that I choose to achieve, as well as more detailed items I’d like to see manifest in my experience. I start writing about the things that feel good, and the reasons I’d like to head in that direction. This allows me to be emotionally attached in a positive way to what I desire.
When I feel satisfied with what’s on paper, I smile… and move on with what’s next in my day.
Just like on the road trip, I have direction and it’s time to start the journey.
Going one step at a time is just fine!!
Unlike the GPS, where the perfectly-lit green line highlights your route all at once, I find that life’s not quite like that. Sometimes only some of the directions are revealed in the moment.
That’s when it’s best to fully engage yourself in that moment, and enjoy the journey.
This analogy came to mind for me this morning as I was inspired to continue writing on my blog… and continue with the year-long Awaken Your Purpose Mastery Course that Steve and I created for workshop participants to help achieve their desires.
My first instinct was to say, “well, I’ve left this project stagnant for over a month now. How do I address what I missed, and still get up to speed with the next step of course?”
Hence, the GPS approach.
Simplify. Start where I’m at. Let go of the past—no need to go back. Just focus on what’s next.
So, I’ll start with Month 5, and I invited you to come with me.
It’s about illuminating the inner child so that we can live more fully as our authentic self.
Many people think of the inner child as the aspect of yourself that is full of bliss and joy (Imagine me, as a grown 34-year-old, jumping up and down with excitement before going on a yacht-ride. Yes, that happened). Really, the inner child is how we perceived our thoughts and experiences as a young person. Many times, the inner child can get misconstrued as an inner critic.
Instead of looking back (since it isn’t necessary with the GPS model) we’re going to explore how the inner child is alive in us today.
As we look at our thoughts and emotions today, it helps give us a starting point from which to move forward. And, if there is any evidence of the inner critic present, creating a roadblock to your next destination, it can be revealed and removed.
This makes the journey forward far more enjoyable, allowing the innocence, joy, imagination, and playful expectation of the inner child to shine.
Instead of going to the past, ask yourself these simple questions. Notice what emotional responses arise in the body. Notice the story you want to start to tell in response. If the story is not in alignment with where you are going, how would you like it to be instead?
- In what ways do I expend my energy that make me feel buoyant, excited, or engaged?
- How do I perceive my family? My parents? Siblings?
- What foods do I most enjoy, and why?
- What are my favorite kinds of games to play, and why?
- Do I get along with most people?
- How would I describe my personality?
- What traits are best serving me now, and why?
- Where does my mind wander, when unattended?
- What dreams do I have for myself?
Maybe even one answer here will inspire you to act today, or this week, with the spirit of playfulness.
Maybe you’ll notice that the inner critic is still trying to hitch-hike a ride on your next adventure. Instead of dwelling on the negative, or the past, or the old story, embrace your ability to choose your point of focus.
You get to decide where you place your attention.
You get to decide where you want to go next, and you really get to decide the attitude with which you want to take with you on the journey.
I do hope that with the new awareness you have from answering the questions above, that you do enjoy more of your inner child as you travel!