Here we are at Day 5. By now, you probably have a lot of ideas and thoughts swirling around. Hopefully they are starting to engage and excite you with the possibilities!
Today I want to talk about experimenting and how experiments can help us get unstuck.
Often when we are stuck, one of the things that keeps us there is a paralyzing fear that we will make the "wrong" decision or that we will do something "rash." Our fear of the wrong action can keep us from taking any action at all!
But movement, getting unstuck, means that we have to DO something. We have to move somewhere or else we will stay in the same place. Framing our movements as "experiments" can be a really helpful way for us to do something without feeling like we are going to do it "wrong."
One of the things you will want to start doing is thinking about how you can experiment with new behaviors and new ideas. An experiment means you are trying something out. You have no way of knowing the outcome; you are doing it to learn and see what happens. By it's nature, an experiment is mean to be exploratory, to provide you with additional information that you can choose to do something else with or not.
Experiments can be small or large. They can be as simple as seeing what happens if you have a different conversation with someone or as complex as starting some kind of side project that lets you explore an interest or passion that you have.
Regardless of their scope, though, experiments are meant to provide you with experiences in the world that you can then learn from. Sometimes what you learn is what you want and sometimes what you learn is what you don't want. Either way, you are learning.
So part of getting unstuck is experimenting your way forward. . .
1. Go into the Image Center and do another version of your Transition Image. Compare this version to previous versions. What patterns do you see? What is shifting from your previous versions?
2. Based on what you're discovering in both your Transition images and your image of the future that you want, what kinds of things could you start experimenting with? Are there new behaviors you could try out? Are there side projects you could set up to help you explore what you want more of? Try to come up with a couple of experiments that you can implement.
3. Remember to do something for yourself from your list of nurturing, supportive activities. You might want to reflect in your journal on this. How hard is it for you to do nice things for yourself? If you have difficulty with it, what does it mean? How could doing nice things for yourself on a regular basis help you get unstuck?