A Different Kind of 10-Year Challenge

January 18, 2019

 

I don’t care what you looked like ten years ago. Unless you’ve endured the needles and lasers of a skilled dermatologist, I’m guessing you looked 10-years younger and now you look 10-years older.

 

Big whoop.

 

Besides, what exactly is so “challenging” about posting an old picture of yourself anyway? And what’s the point of it all (except, perhaps to help Facebook hone its facial recognition software)?

 

So, let’s talk about a different kind of 10-Year challenge. One that’s an actual challenge.

 

Instead of obsessing about what you looked like 10-years ago, consider who you were. Record your answers in a journal.

 

What was important to you?

 

How did you spend your time?

 

Who was in your life? What was the quality of those relationships?

 

If you had a job, did you enjoy it?

 

What were your ambitions?

 

What made you happy?

 

Now think about who you are now.

 

What’s changed?

 

Are you satisfied with the way things have unfolded?

 

What’s important to you?

 

Are you spending your time the way you want to?

 

Who is in your life? Are you happy with the quality of those relationships?

 

How’s work? Or how’s not working?

 

What are you grateful for?

 

What do you want more of in your life?

 

Now think about who you’d like to be in 10-years.

 

What three things would you like to be different in your life by then?

 

How will it feel when you make those changes?

 

If you feel anxious or meh when you think about the changes, reevaluate. If you feel a sense of joy, or as if something is pulling you forward, you're on the right track.

 

Take a day or two to review and process what you’ve written.

 

Is there anything you’d like to add, delete or change?

 

What new insights have you gained about yourself?

 

How will this new knowledge inform your priorities?

 

I bet you're feeling challenged now. Good for you.

 

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