Now that the kids have left for college and you’re trying to muffle through all the feeling of loss and sadness, why not figure out what’s next for you? What can YOU do to rediscover who you are without kids full time?
I have a solution….
In our Love What's Next Project our participants use an acronym to help them uncover what it is they want to do within each of the 6 Love What's Next Pursuits and then make it a reality. It’s called the RISE Higher process...it's so simple and yet it works every time!
It takes you step by step through the Pursuit to really figure out what you want to do and how to accomplish it.
I’m going to show you how this can work for you based on the question at hand…”What NOW?"
R-REFLECT: Think about what it is that you want to do now that you have extra time and write down everything that comes to mind. Here is an example…
I-IDENTIFY: Decided what it is you want to do from your brainstormed list of ideas.
S-SEEK: Now that you know what you want to do, it’s time to seek out the avenue that will enable you to accomplish this new pursuit.
E-EXPERIENCE: Now that you’ve REFLECTED and taken the steps necessary to IDENTIFY what it is you want to do and you’ve SEEKED out how you can make this a reality, it’s time to EXPERIENCE it.
The last, but not least step in the RISE Higher process, is to document (journal) your experience! This gives you a roadmap for the future. If you write about your experiences, how you’re feeling about this new adventure, and what you’ve gained or not gained from it, having written it down will help lead you the next time you want to figure out “what’s next”.
Viola! That’s how it’s done! Easy Peasy RIGHT?!
Now it’s your turn! Use the RISE Higher process to discover what’s next for you during this new phase you’re facing. It can be your next great adventure!!
Do you have an idea of what you want to do now? Share with us, we'd love to hear all about it! Use the comment box below.
We live our lives making decisions every day but how often do you make a NEW decision?
Yes, every day we're making decisions but most of the time they're the same decisions. We wake up at the same time, we eat the same thing as we're running out the door to make it to work on time, we listen to the same people on the same radio station and most often we do our job the same as the day before.
Have you ever thought about how one decision could've changed your life?
Have you ever looked back on your life and thought...
Well, this is the thing... we can't live wondering about the "what ifs" but we can make a decision to change the course of our life simply by making ONE NEW DECISION different than the norm today and then tomorrow and then the next day and so on...
What if...you decided to make ONE NEW DECISION a day?
Imagine this... tomorrow you decide to get up thirty minutes earlier than normal to take a brisk walk (one new decision...just one!). Then the next day you get up again thirty minutes earlier, take a brisk walk AND THEN practice gratitude while on your walk thanking God for all your blessings (one new decision....just one!). Then the next day you get up again thirty minutes earlier, take a brisk walk, practice gratitude while on your walk thanking God for all your blessings AND THEN you decide to listen to an inspiring podcast while driving into work (one new decision a day....just one!).
HOW WOULD THIS CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
First of all you in this particular case you will have more joy because within five minutes of moving your body, you will feel happier! Once you get moving, your brain releases serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. These chemicals make you feel good! So it's proven, starting your day moving your body will only improve how you feel about your day.
Then, practicing gratitude allows us to see everything that's good in our life rather than focusing on what's wrong. It's proven that people who practice gratitude daily tend to be more positive, sleep better and are overall healthier. When you feel good and you have a positive attitude, people are drawn to you. You'll meet interesting people and they could potentially introduce you to something new and exciting.
Lastly, when we feed our minds with inspiration in this case, through a podcast, we can't help but feel more motivated in conquering what's important to us. It sends a jolt of excitement to want more in life and the more you feed this part of who you are the more successful in life you'll be. This then leads to you being more active and taking action in reaching your goals. Opportunity then arises and before you know it you're on the path you've always dreamed of walking.
These are just three examples, of three new decisions, made over three days. Can you imagine if every day you added upon each new decision you made where your life would take you... simply by making ONE NEW DECISION A DAY!?
YOU WOULD LOVE WHAT'S NEXT!!
To change the level of joy you have in your life, it doesn't take a major transformation...it takes simple, daily, new decisions built upon each other to re-discover what's next for you in this new phase in life.
What's one NEW decision you are going to make today? Share with us in the comments below.
Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!