My Next Big Personal Development Experiment – Self-Reflection

Vlad reflecting

by Vlad Dolezal on January 9, 2012

Today, I’m starting a personal development experiment I’ve been looking forward to for months.

I believe it will help me get to a whole new level of feeling alive with passion, and I wanted to take you guys along for the ride.

Why living with passion gets tricky

Let’s forget for a moment the problem of having to cover basic living expenses, or having to fight off external forces that try to steal your passion in life. (Like emotional vampires, or bandits stealing your psychological treasures.)

Even assuming that you get those handled, living with passion is still tricky, because it involves balancing two contradictory states of mind:

  • big-picture thinking
  • living in the moment

If you lean too much towards the first one, you will get lost in thinking and worrying about the future and the past. And as useful as big-picture thinking is, ( I should know, I’m a life coach), actual living happens in the present moment.

If you lean too much towards living in the present moment, you risk slipping into seeking instant gratification and short-term pleasure. That’s nice in small doses, but do it too much, and you will start neglecting long-term projects that give you a sense of direction and passion for life.

For the last few months, I’ve been slipping towards the second half of the spectrum.

I’ve noticed this back in October. I considered running this self-reflection experiment right there and then, but eventually decided to go with exercise, which was a more pressing issue for me at the time.

And so, despite small bits and pieces in the meantime, today is the day I can start REALLY tackling self-reflection:

For the next 30 days, I will spend at least half an hour every single day just sitting and THINKING about my life.

Lately, I’ve been getting caught up doing things in the moment. Often for days at a time. And I think this will help me reclaim the balance!

How will this work out? Let’s find out…

Other exciting news

Aside from that, I will finally get around to writing up what I learned from my daily exercise experiment! (Spoiler: I didn’t manage to keep it up every single day…)

Also, to kick off 2012 in style, I have a big life coaching discount coming. Forget New Year’s Resolutions. I want to help you start off 2012 with massive action towards the life you really want! More information coming on Friday.

Also, the next issue of the Alive With Passion monthly newsletter will be out next Monday. This time answering an interesting question about taking action from one of the readers. If you’re not on the newsletter yet, sign up before Monday to get the issue!

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reflecting on personal development January 9, 2012 at 19:51

What a great exercise to practice! We watch SO much television and spend SO much time plugged in to either our iphone, ipod, ipad, the internet, and things that just simply aren’t that important. They wonderful fun things to have but I know that 30 minutes isn’t that much time when you take all of those things into consideration. How can reflecting on your life help you? When you sit and ponder, old dreams and goals come back to you that you may have forgotten. It gives you time to think about the things that you’ve accomplished in your life, which in return can really build your confidence in what can achieve right now or in the future. Take the time and better yourself. If anything else just experiment with it. Great insight!
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Lea January 15, 2012 at 20:20

Lately I’ve been thinking more about the big picture with not too much focus in living on the moment. Still trying to find a productive medium.
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