The first step in the process was to finish reading the book. I did that. It was an easy and fun read. I appreciate her practical and structured approach to self improvement. I especially loved her conclusion: “I found out what I knew all along; I could change my life without changing my life.” That’s what I want to do. I want to change my life without changing my life. I appreciate what I have, but I want to make small changes that have a real impact on the happiness I experience day to day.
This week, I’ve been working on the second step of the process, which was to write a personal set of commandments for this project and for my life. This part was harder than I expected, but I am pleased with the end result. Here are my Twelve Commandments:
- Be you according to you.
- Forgive, even yourself.
- Have the hard conversations.
- Accumulate fewer things and more experiences.
- Seek simplicity.
- Slow down.
- Ask for what you need, and offer what you can.
- Trust your gut.
- Act only when certain.
- Expect better.
- Look forward and up.
- Choose love.
Each one poses a challenge for me. Each one touches on something that I currently don’t do very well. And that excites me.
The next step in the process is to identify ten or twelve aspects of my life that I want to improve. My guess is that identifying those aspects will be a little easier than coming up with my commandments, but we’ll see. Easier or not, I feel like I’m on the right track. That excites me, too.