Staying on Track
A good model that can help is that of a train,* or in this case, an old fashioned one. These old trains had three parts:
The engine powered the train.
The coal car provided fuel to the engine
The caboose housed the crew whose job it was to inspect for “hot boxes” or problems, and provide signals to slow down or change course.
With this model in mind, think for a minute of your own life.
Take an index card, and ask yourself the following questions:
1. What drives your engine?
Who is it you want to be? What vision of yourself empowers you?
What are two or three core values that drive you to be your best
Values can include words like loving, peaceful, powerful, faithful,
truthful, worthy, free.
Now write a sentence that represents your vision. For example:
I am a free, loving woman.
I am powerful, peaceful man.
2. What fuels your coal car?
What habits, activities, and associations in your life help you
create and grow positive feelings?
Being in nature.
Making time to be with my friends.
Getting enough sleep.
Taking 5 minutes to consciously breathe every day.
Now, under your vision, write your fuel
3. How can you stay alert to your own personal “hot boxes”?
What works against your vision? What negative habits or relationships
compromise you, drain your energy?
Exposing myself to too much media news, television, or video games.
Allowing others to determine what is best for me.
Not taking breaks during the day at work.
Associating with “energy-draining” people.
When you’ve determined your “hot boxes,” include
it on your list.
Now that you have you have identified your personal map, you can
use it help you stay on track. Keep your index card where you
can see it every day.
The bottom line is that your beliefs about yourself drive your
choices, and to a large extent, your life experiences. Holding
fast to your vision and making decisions that support your best
is a wonderful way to heal your life, and bless your world.
Until next time…
(* Information adapted from Feelings, Fuel and Fact from Focus
Seminars of Kansas City, Inc. (www.focusseminar.com)