This all started with a little sticky note in my agenda, about ten years ago. I wrote down four feelings that I most wanted to experience that year. So simple. I had already written out my “goals” in the margin, but I just wasn’t that lit up. “None of these goals matter if I don’t FEEL awesome when I arrive,” I thought. And I didn’t know it at the time, but this was a paradigm shift—and a game changer.
It dawned on me it wasn’t the specific achievements that were driving me. What I was going for was the feeling I wanted to feel when I got what I wanted (or thought I wanted).
I turned my ambition inside out. I got clear on my Core Desired Feelings. I put my goals and to-do’s in service of my heart. And that sticky note turned into a book, a facilitator’s program, and this Planner collection. So there’s something to this. And with every new Day Planner edition I say, “This is even better than last year’s.” But THIS is even better. After seven years, I think we’ve got this system dialed. To sum it up:
FEELINGS FIRST, then strategy. Because when you’re clear on how you most want to feel, decisions happen with more grace. You’ll know better when to say, No, thank you, and when it’s a YES! From the micro tasks to the big stuff, this is about making more conscious choices.
I think a rich life is made of meaningfulness, and courage, and devotion to the sacred. A to-do list of obligations won’t get you that. But some introspection + action just might. So this is where your heart meets your head and where your Soul directs your goals. I hope you light it up.
Here’s to Love and flexible plans,