Journaling Activity 21

Reflect on the area of growth you identified in doing this course as well as the ‘clues’ you gained about yourself and your call.

Describe how each tool has either impacted this area of concern or what it has taught you in general as you journeyed through the course.

Use the questions as a mere guide – you might have your own observations and insights simply by distilling your own understanding of each tool.

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Journaling Activity 18

The more we recognize failures and setbacks as ‘teachers’, the more resilient we become to the possibility of them to guide and shape us.

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Journaling Activity 16

Role

List as many roles as you can think of that you occupy in your current situation.  Eg: Father, mother, provider, CEO, team leader, caregiver, etc

Emotions

Write down specific emotions that you feel in response to these roles (include bodily sensations that accompany these).

Societal Pressures

Reflect on whether there are any societal pressures at work in the way that you feel you should be living out those roles. Notice when the trap of ‘should’  arises as it indicates pressure and obligation rather than who you authentically desire to be. If there are roles that you are not engaging …

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Journaling Activity 14

Tool 8 - Self Supportive LanguageThe following are some cognitive distortions that are at the root of anxiety based on the work of CBT pioneers Aaron Beck and David Burns:

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Journaling Activity 11

“After hours of walking, we find the lion’s trail has suddenly run cold. There is a last track and then it’s gone. Trails can be like life in that way. One minute you are clear on a path and the next instant, it is gone.

You get fired, you lose a loved one, the company fails, you retire, she dumps you, you get divorced. Where you thought you were going vanishes. Who you thought you were is lost.”

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Journaling Activity 10

Below is a recap of the navigation toolkit thus far, with a few added skills which are highlighted in this module as being particularly useful for navigating uncertainty:

Tool 1 - Track AwarenessTOOL #1: Track awareness

Notice what you notice. Pay attention to what actions, environments and people energise you. Let your body and mood guide you as you engage in ‘homing’.

 

Tool 2 - What enlivens you?TOOL #2: What enlivens you?

“Track what makes you feel good and bring more …

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Journaling Activity 9

Before exploring the inevitability of uncertainty and losing the track, let’s examine what it was like for you to make the first track last week.

Remember that making the first track is simply taking one step towards a mission or goal without having to know what happens next or what the outcome will be.

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Journaling Activity 6: My Call

Consider what you perceive to be the call in your current situation. At the end of the course you will revisit this thought and reflect on whether it remains the same or has shifted.

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Journaling Activity 5: Track Your Call

Looking back through your life, identify as many occasions as you can when you felt called.  This could either be through the liminal blinding inspiration or a catalytic event.  Use this as an exercise to track and look for patterns.

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Journaling Activity 4: A New Story

To track is to discover that nature is alive and speaks a language all on its own. To track is to travel the trail of an animal and weave yourself into the tapestry of its story. It is an art that lives inside us, a way of being in union with the natural world.

I have long suspected that we are a culture of forgotten trackers. As a boy, when I was first introduced to tracking, I didn’t realize its importance. I took what was in front of me for granted and didn’t pay much attention. It was only in …

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