Tools for the Journey Ahead

You have completed our 4 Lists.*  While this gives us an idea of how to prepare for the journey ahead, it actually has raised more questions than answers.  And in some cases, we have identified the problem or possibility, but we don’t know how to resolve the issues or launch the new behavior.    So let’s address this.

We’ll need some tools.    One tool is your journal, which is an essential component of your personal development.   As we develop our voice, both as an individual and as a person of passion, writing (blogging) will help us to express ourselves. Writing down thoughts and ideas is a way to help us find, define and refine our voice.   In a sense, your journal is a tool in which to have conversations with ourselves.  For our personal development, we need these self-conversations to better prepare to communicate with others. 

Let’s arrange the behavioral and personal development tools into various groups.  There are tools for the journey that range from your spiritual dimensions to your personal practices, from the obvious to the obscure and from the simple to the complex.    The individual tools are less important than the toolkit and the learned ability to use the right tool (resource) at the right time (timing can be everything).

Let’s take the case of a classically trained Pilates instructor or a master woodworker.   Or the master chef or the master gardener.  He or she has a wide range of tools, combined with skills to match.     But a toolbox by itself may look first-rate and impressive, but the real question is: Can you use the tools inside your toolbox effectively?   Do we know what is the right tool and what is the best way to use it in order to do the job well? 

So it is with the tools for your personal journey.  We need to start developing a toolbox, if we don’t have one.   We need to upgrade our toolbox if we already have one.   And most importantly, we need to learn how to use the tools better and became the master of our own journey.  Self-mastery is the foundation of an authentic life journey.

*(Modified Plus/Delta) – 1. What should I (we) keep doing?   2. What should I (we) to stop doing?  3. What should I (we) change, that I’m (we’re) doing now?  4. What should I (we) start doing?



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