Opening

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Opening.” Fearlessly open yourself to all the possibilities of your life.

What doors are opening around you? What’s keeping you from entering?

How open are you to receiving love, compassion and care from others?

What are some things you wish you were more open towards? This week, work on one or two of them.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Truth (You deserve it from yourself)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Truth.” You know when you’re telling someone the truth but how truthful are you to yourself?

How close is your life to the one you know you were meant to live? How can you start heading in the right direction?

If you’re in an unsupportive relationship consider replacing it with a more positive one.

This week, be aware of times when you’re not being yourself to please someone else. Strive to be more genuine.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Emergence (as Leader, as Authentic Self)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Emergence.” Live the life that was meant for you as you emerge as your genuine self.

How close are you to being your true or ideal self? What steps will allow that self to come into being?

What gifts have you been hiding from the world? Start using these talents more openly.

This week, become aware of new beginnings around you and jot down your observations.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Faith and Optimism

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Faith.” Have faith in yourself and your ability to move your life forward.

What steps are you taking now to improve your life? Write them down so, when they become reality, you’ll reaffirm your ability to create powerful change.

How can you better express the faith you have in others?

Faith requires trust and patience. This week, let anxiety fade and have faith that all you’re working towards will be yours.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Adventure

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Adventure.” Take a risk and add spice to your life.

How have you been limiting yourself? Take a step towards action even if it feels risky.

Think of something you find exciting. How can you work that into your everyday life?

Plan a small adventure or outing for yourself this week. Sometimes small adventures can lead to larger ones.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Miracles

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Miracles.” Look for them and you’ll discover that miracles happen all the time.

This week, be aware of “happy accidents” that occur. How have they helped you in the past?

Be someone else’s miracle. Do something unexpected or simply “show up” when you’re needed.

Look back over the recent past. What would you consider “miraculous” now that you look at it with a fresh perspective?

Expect miracles to happen in your life but don’t impose restrictions as to how they might occur.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Where do you sit in the crayon box?

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To continually improve your life, you need to better understand yourself; your strengths and weaknesses. There are dozens of personality assessments commonly used today in business and for personal use such as StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs and Values in Action.

I recently learned of a new system called The Color Code. This assessment looks at your strengths and limitations and how you react to different situations. What is unique is that the instructions are explicit that you answer from the viewpoint of how you behaved as a child. The final result places you into a color category with a dominant motive.

I completed the assessment and learned that I’m very much a blue. I supposed that would make me Midnight Blue. Blues are motivated by intimacy. The summary results and video shown upon completion of the assessment state that I need to genuinely connect with others, that I’m loyal to friends, employees and employers and that everything I do is quality based. Most important, I need to create meaningful relationships and to serve and give of myself freely to nurture others’ lives. I’d say that’s a fair assessment knowing myself and given my profession.

The real value of assessments, however, comes from having your shadow side held up for examination. Working with a coach or through self-exploratory exercises, you can examine how these darker traits show up in your life and how you might better integrate them into a more positive whole. For example, my very blue personality can make me worry-prone and moody when I’m at my worst. I’m aware of these traits so I’m mindful of how I’m reacting to others if I’m under an unusual amount of stress. I use “thought trapping,” pausing to look at the root cause of a feeling, to check my responses when I’m in an off mood.

You can take the basic Color Code analysis for free.  Once completed, let me know what you learned about yourself. Were there any surprises? How might you address the traits that show up when you’re not at your best?

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