SOUL STUDIES: Prompts and questions to explore RENEWAL in your life, business and creativity.
This is your weekly reminder to carve out time for yourself, anchor yourself to your values and contemplate how you can allow the monthly theme to permeate throughout everything you do.
So… crack open that journal, and commit yourself to the prompts and exercises below! This is how you leverage your Color Your Soul subscription the most -- by absorbing these insights and then actually applying them in your life!
Embracing the New
Hopefully you’ve had time to read the Note From The Editor in this month’s Renewal issue by now, but if you haven’t, I’ll give you the short version.
I wanted to focus on Renewal this month because I think there’s a critical step of preparation that’s necessary when we move through any cycle of life. There’s a time to create, a time to rest… but there should also be a time to repair, reset and recharge. Time we take between rest and work that creates a foundation to get the results that we want. That’s what I think the month of January should be.
If we assume the luster of the new year is enough to propel us through a year’s worth of work, I fear that we’ll be setting ourselves up for disappointment. So many of us make resolutions to ourselves (whether we call them that or not) but then we sit down at the same desk, move through the same morning routine, fall back on our same mindsets… and we wonder why nothing changes the way we want it to.
That's why I think the first step to setting ourselves up for growth is to infuse our lives with novelty. We need to embrace the NEW.
(ps. Novelty is actually scientifically proven to motivate us by releasing dopamine which sends our brain in search of a reward. That’s why visiting a new place, or rearranging the furniture in your living room, or starting to learn a new skill feels so invigorating.)
Now the trick is to avoid the instinct to overhaul EVERY single part of your life in ways that you can’t maintain. There’s a balance to be found in sticking with what works for you but in shifting just enough aspects to your day to make it feel new.
Here’s how I approach embracing the new:
1. Start with your environment.
This could be your workspace or your home. Typically these changes only require you to rearrange things or swap a few things around so there’s nothing you have to maintain. This alone could be enough to have you approach your work in a new mindset.
2. Move to your habits and routines.
These are things that are perhaps more regular and recurring. You don’t want to try to take on too many of these sweeping changes at once — just try one or two things to disrupt your own autopilot and see how it feels.
3. Finally, try embracing new mindsets.
This is possibly why setting a word for the year has caught on so much — it helps to embrace a new guiding mindset. I find that our limiting beliefs and mindsets are the hardest to change usually because they’re so deeply engrained in our psyche. However, by paying more attention to them and allocating energy to really approach situations differently than in the past, that’s when your life can really start to take on that new and novel feeling, separating it from your past.
If you only have a few minutes today, try writing down ONE thing to change in each of the three categories above in order to set a novel tone for the new year:
1. Environment change:
2. Routine change:
3. Mindset change:
I can't wait to see what the new year brings for all of you (and for myself!) Today I'm moving back into our condo after being displaced for two months thanks to a flooding mishap. I'm doing my part to infuse the spaces of our home with tiny changes to make it feel new and to hopefully create a fresh mindset as I settle into 2017.
Hope you're enjoying going through the new issue!