#Reverb14: Prompt 21- Ending With Certainty

Prompt 21:

Today, I’d like you to revisit what you wrote on the first day of Reverb14. How does that compare to where you are now, i.e. what can you say today with certainty?

Then, without thinking too hard about it, grab a pen and some paper and finish the following sentences:

In 2015, I am open to…

In 2015, I want to feel…

In 2015, I will say no to…

In 2015, I will know I am on the right track when… But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly…

In December 2015, I want to look back and say…

And so we’re at the end of Reverb14. As always, it has been a great and insightful experience. I hope that all of you who participated found that, too.

This prompt is hard because when I wrote my first prompt at the beginning December, I expected a very different 2015 for myself… and then I suffered a loss in mid December that changed things. One lesson from Reverb has been that certainty is hard to come by. At the same time, everything I wrote in that first prompt is still true.

In 2015, I am open to... exploring my interests with commitment and dedication.

In 2015, I want to feel… confident and peaceful in my choices when I make them, even if the results are not what I want.

In 2015, I will say no to… things that I know make me unhappy.

In 2015, I will know I am on the right track when… I feel flow in what I do and things come easy. But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly… send myself back to this blog post.

In December 2015, I want to look back and say... that my life was well lived.

The final Reverb prompt doesn’t address this, but I wanted to leave with these two last thoughts.

1. My word for 2015. Choosing a word for the year is always one of my favorite prompts, but it did not make it into Reverb this year. I had a word in mind earlier this month, but am changing my mind. I now choose imagine as my word for 2015. It is a word that I don’t feel like I use that often, but I found myself including it repeatedly in my Reverb prompts when I talked about things that happened this year. There was so much that “I could never have imagined.” I am paying attention. I should imagine bigger and brighter.

2. My goals for 2015. Reverb isn’t about setting goals, but this experience has made me want to declare some. I have worked with the amazing coach Thekla Richter on my business and personal goals over the years. One of the tools she convinced me to use frequently is a variation of the decision tree. You list everything you want to do in rank order and use that rank to make decisions about projects and how you allot your time. Based on what I learned about myself this year, I’ve created this list of my professional priorities that I am going to print and hang in front of me in my workspace.

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And there you have it. Check out this blog space throughout 2015 for new career, business and productivity tips and ideas, and check back next December for Reverb!