“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” –Michael Leboeuf
Those that have coached with me, know that I’m a big fan of list-making. It’s a powerful, yet simple exercise that opens the doors to profound insight into what “exactly” is rolling around in our brains. I’m not talking about grocery lists here. I’m talking about lists that pertain to the goal that you’re trying to achieve.
By making lists of specific questions that I ask, my clients have discovered things about themselves that they didn’t know before. They have discovered passions, motivations and obstacles (some of which had gone unnoticed before). And if they couldn’t come up with much of a list…well, that helped them to discover something, too (it usually points to some sort of obstacle there).
List making works best when someone (like a Life Coach) asks you the questions that pertain specifically to what you’re trying to achieve. But there still are benefits to be had when making general lists. I don’t know what you are trying to accomplish in your life but here are a few general lists that might help you gain some awareness in your life.
List 12 things that you are good at. It can be anything from building a house to tying your shoe.
List 7 things you do for fun. (From throwing a party to watching a movie)
If you could wave a magic wand and change 3 areas of your life, what would they be? (Self-explanatory, right?)
I challenge you to make at least one of those lists and leave a comment about any new awareness that you might have discovered about yourself, in the process.