Often in a coaching session, my clients will experience a feeling of being stuck either in a job, a relationship, the daily chaos of life, limited by money, you name it, something is prohibiting them from doing what they really want. It is also prohibiting them from creating the action plan to get them where they want to go or be in life.
Whatever is holding you back today from doing what you really want to do. Try this exercise.
I developed this exercise on the spur of the moment for one of my clients. They were feeling frustrated and stuck in life. It was that magical mo•clar moment when I had this idea for this client that may help them get unstuck.
I encouraged her to complete this exercise.
I asked her, “What do you want to do today?”
Client, “Go to Paris.”
Me, “Great! Then go.”
Me, “Go to paris.”
Me, “In your mind’s eye.”
Take an hour today or maybe even two.
Get on the internet, find some pictures of Paris and put them all around you.
Close your eyes and imagine the plane ride.
Getting to the airport.
The smell as soon as you get out in the open air.
The taxi ride to your hotel.
Greeting the bell boy or girl and talking to the desk front manager. Asking them what is the first thing you should do in Paris for your first visit.
Then whatever it is you want them to say, go do it.
If it is walk, imagine preparing your pack for the walk.
Taking that first step onto the sidewalk.
Seeing the sites, the buildings, the people.
Of course, smiling the whole time because you are in Paris.
Imagine the first bite of food you eat there. What was the meal? I am sure it tasted great!
And just take your time with this seeing yourself there. Post some pictures of your day in Paris to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
Tomorrow, you may decide you are going on a safari in Kenya. Do the same thing.
So many people are stuck because they can’t see anything else besides what is bothering them; what they don’t like. They see what they really want to do as impossible and sometimes even unimaginable.
This exercise is to open up your imagination.
As Albert Einstein said,
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
If you feel your are not limited by anything to do what you want, you will be able to clear your mind to see the opportunities that are all around you. Having a clear mind is exactly what we are looking for in this exercise.
Do this exercise every day for 21 days. See where it takes you. I bet you will be surprised.
And remember, if you don’t have one or two hours, just do it for 20 minutes. You can even exercise and do this technique. Pretend you are running in the hills of Switzerland, even if your actual feet are on the land of America.
Use your imagination. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂