The following excerpt is from my Amazon Bestseller: Clarity Alchemy: When Success is Your Only Option. This excerpt provides examples of the kinds of exercises and analysis we do to help you identify your Personal Success Inventory.
Chapter 1 – Discover
““If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
In this chapter we focus on identifying the basic characteristics, core values, preferred activities, and personal passions of our essential self. These characteristics are the foundation on which a successful life transformation will be built.
Exercise 1: Your Current Successes and Gratitude Journal
Sometimes, when life starts turning upside down and frustrating, and we get lost in looking at everything that is going wrong in our lives, it’s easy to forget both the successes we have experienced, the ones we are currently experiencing, and the many things we have to be grateful for.
This exercise consists of three parts: successes, gratitude, and activities.
You will need a journal of some kind, either a notebook or a digital journal to start making your list. In your notebook, write down every success you have had in recent years, any successes that are occurring now, and successes you have as you progress through this book. These successes do not need to be big. They can be smaller successes, like finding the perfect parking spot, finding the perfect outfit/boots/vacuum cleaner on sale for a ridiculously low amount. Anything that scores a positive number on your Body Compass Scale should be considered a success.
By looking for the successes that already are part of your life, you attract more success into your life. After all, like attracts like. By noting your successes in a journal, you can physically see the number of successes that are occurring in your life, which will reinforce your belief in yourself and your belief that you’re successful.
Like keeping a success journal, keeping a gratitude journal helps us experience a feeling of abundance rather than a feeling that things are missing from our lives. Again, based on the principle of like attracts like, when you focus on what you’re grateful for, you will attract more of that into your life. When you focus on what’s going wrong in your life or what’s missing from your life, you will attract more of that into your life.
As a daily ritual, conscious creators will often keep a gratitude journal where they take a few moments to write down at least ten things that are part of their lives right now that they feel gratitude for.
I’ve combined my success journal with my gratitude journal. This way, whenever I begin to feel like life is turning sour and becoming frustrating, I look in my success/gratitude journal to remind myself just how amazing my life is.
This part of the exercise is all about using the Body Compass Scale to start identifying activities you currently really enjoy participating in or would love to participate in.
The objective of this exercise is to identify which activities you’re currently participating in that you really enjoy doing, which activities bring you the greatest level of joy or happiness, and which activities you would like to have as part of your new life. They could be activities based on your work, what you do for fun, your volunteer activities, or something you saw on television that intrigues you. Any activity either in your life now or that you would like to be in your life that scores a +8 or higher on your body compass scale should be identified and noted in your journal.
An important objective of creating a new life is that it be filled with activities that bring you joy and happiness. Knowing what activities do this is a good start.
Exercise 2: Your Creativity Alignment
Many people appear to equate creativity with artistic endeavors, but creativity is “the ability to transcend traditional ideals, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.” (Dictionary.com)
Everyone is creative, but not everyone is artistically creative. In this day and age of the creative economy, where change and chaos is the new norm, knowing how you are creative is increasingly more significant.
The objective of this exercise is to help you identify areas where your creativity is most powerful and productive.
In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, developed his theory of multiple intelligences. Each of the types of intelligence listed below is associated with a different form of creative alignment.
- Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence – being word-smart. Linguistic Creatives enjoy playing word games and reading; they are strong, creative writers.
- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – being number- or reasoning-smart. Logical-Mathematical Creatives like to experiment, solve puzzles, and read mystery novels; they are wizards with a spreadsheet.
- Visual-Spatial Intelligence – being picture-smart. Spatial Creatives include architects and sailors, tour guides, anyone who is very aware of their environment. They love to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, design interiors, and read maps.
- Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence – being body-smart. Bodily-Kinesthetic Creatives have a keen sense of body awareness. They love to dance, move, and touch, and they are excellent at reading body language.
- Musical-Rhythmic and Harmonic Intelligence – being music-smart. Musical Creatives love music, are sensitive to sounds in their environment, need to have music playing in the background when they work or study, and excel at learning to play and playing musical instruments.
- Interpersonal Intelligence – being people-smart. Interpersonal Creatives understand people, are empathetic; they love being in groups, leading groups, and interacting with others face-to-face or through digital media.
- Intrapersonal Intelligence – being self-smart. Intrapersonal Creatives are very aware of their own motivations, interests, and goals. They use their intuition and inner wisdom to accomplish what they set out to do. They are strong-willed, confident, and like to share their opinions.
- Naturalistic Intelligence – being nature-smart. Naturalist Creatives easily recognize flora and fauna, natural habitats, and nature-based relationships. They are conservationists, farmers, and biological scientists.
According to Dr. Howard Gardner, everyone has most of these intelligences, but only one or two dominate. It is from those intelligences that our creative alignment evolves. Which of those intelligences, or sources of creativity, do you enjoy the most?
Exercise 3: Your Risk Tolerance
Knowing how tolerant you are of risk is a great indicator of how to bring about change in your life, big or small, fast or slow. People with a high risk tolerance can usually cope with significant changes being made in their life over short periods of time. For example, someone with a high risk tolerance could decide to become a global nomad, sell off everything they own, and be on the road in less than three months.
Someone who has a lower risk tolerance might still be successful at selling off everything and becoming a global nomad, but they would likely be more comfortable and more successful if they took turtle steps to accomplish this transition, spent a bit more time planning the transformation, and spread the required changes out over a longer period of time, perhaps closer to 12 months rather than three months.
How Risk Tolerant or Risk Averse are you?
There are several more Exercises and Worksheets that we go through to help you identify more aspects of your Personal Success Inventory. This Personal Success Inventory, along with identifying and understanding your Personal Core Values, together provide an incredible strong foundation upon which you can make effective and successful changes and transformations in your life.