Think of your situation, challenge, or crossroad in life as a road trip. Before you can get behind the wheel of a car and make the trip, you first need to be awake.
Of course, with the advent of modern GPS systems where our journey can easily be controlled with the push of a button or by our voice or even a self-driving car, maybe we don’t really need to be awake. But what if you don’t yet know where your new destination is? Do you really want to leave that up to your car?
Being awake isn’t about the spiritual, but about getting you from where you are to a place where you can be objectively aware of what is going on.
How do you know if you are awake?
Here’s a quick checklist:
- Do you set intentions to help you drive goals or visions?
- Do you find reference points to look towards in times of uncertainty?
- Do you have rituals or routines that empower your day?
Once you’ve performed a ritual and set an intention, the next step is to get inside the car and become aware of what it can do and how far it can take you. Think of it as your pre-road trip check.
Being aware means asking this first important question: Where am I right now at this moment in terms of emotions and confidence? Is it on the low level or the high level?
How do you know if you are aware?
Here’s a quick checklist:
- Do you make the best use of your energy?
- Do you objectively see how and why you tick?
- Do you make more effective decisions than not?
A meaningful part of knowing where you are starting from is being aware of your energy level. Think of your energy level as your car’s gas gauge. Do you have enough in the tank to make your road trip? When you are aware of how you make and use energy, you can actually create more energy for when you need it the most. Being aware means sitting in front of your car’s dashboard and checking the gauges, so you don’t run into trouble—like running out of gas along the way.
You’ve sat behind the wheel, checked your gauges, doubled checked your energy level, now you are able to put the car in gear.
This is where you put your best efforts and focus into drive.
How do you know if you are able? Here’s a quick checklist:
- Do you have a high energy level?
- Do you want to drive the car and not the other way around?
- Do you know where you want to go?
- Do you have your directions?
If you answered yes, then you are ready to ride! You’ve taken inventory of where you are and where you want to be. You’ve thought about the road trip and made a plan.
The secret to a successful road trip is taking to the road with a lot of planning instead of accepting random outcomes. These days, people are experiencing COVID-fatigue and they are taking chances that they weren’t six months ago. The CoreSelf Mapping tool forces you to slow down and look at the map (being awake) so you can begin each day with intention and objectivity.
Want to learn more? Visit our Coreself Mapping Experience page to find out ways it can help you or your team.