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Here’s a new way to think about—and live—your week

 

ScreenHunter_02 Sep. 08 10.25MoneyDay: Make this a day when you’re mindful about what you do with money. Donate something to a charity, give some cash to someone living on the street, or buy a lottery ticket. Think about what money means to you—the power it has and how wisely (or otherwise) you use it. What’s the most powerful use you could make of your money today?

ChooseDay: This is a day for being very conscious of your choices. Focus on making only those choices that feel good for you, and avoid making any compromises that don’t feel right. Watch yourself as you choose, being mindful of what’s motivating you, and catch yourself when you’re about to do something just because you’ve always done it (and not necessarily because it’s the best option for you).

WhensDay: Now it’s time to focus on some advance planning. After making some new choices, you may be ready to make some new commitments, so let this be a day for focusing on the ‘whens’—when you’re going to start that new class, when you’re going to take time for meals/meditation, or when you’re going to start being honest with your partner about how you really feel. Make this a day of forging commitments, with deadlines, and ask a friend to hold you accountable for sticking to them.

TerseDay: Now it’s time to cut to the chase. No more faffing around. DO those things you’ve committed to getting done. Be clear and concise. Avoid rambling or going off on tangents. De-clutter your mind (and environment) so you can stay focused on what matters and not get distracted by the routines and busyness of everyday life. The time is now. Your life is short. The world is waiting for you to get clear and to show up. Get to it.

MyDay: This is a day for taking time out, for reflection, and for feeling and doing what’s healthy and right for you. It’s a day for saying YES to you and NO to any kind of stress, obligations, pressure, overtime or even doing favours for others. See what happens and what comes up when you make this day completely yours.

SatireDay: Life is full of ironies and this is the day for observing them, laughing at them and getting to the deeper reality. What are the ironies in your life? Can you see the irony in needing to be accepted by others who so badly need to be accepted by you? Do you see how pushing to get things done, or chasing someone to get them to love you, actually pushes both away? If you can laugh at yourself—at how we all strive so hard to get somewhere, when all we need to do is be powerfully ourselves—you’ll be halfway to the truth. Ironies are all around you. Watch for them and dig down to what’s really going on.

FunDay: This is the day to let it all go—to completely relax, have fun, go to the beach, laugh, play, put on some music, have brunch with friends, turn off your computer/cellphone, and generally be in your body, rather than in your head.

When you think of each day you live, do you see it as a weakday, a freakday, a meekday, a geekday or a peakday, when something pivotal happens to change the whole course of your life? Each day has come to mean something, after years of living one week after another (with Monday being the dreaded back-to-work-day after the weekend, for example), but you can give your week a whole new meaning by giving each day a whole new focus and purpose. Try it and see what happens. And let me know—next week.

 

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Are you human? Take the test

The Humanity Index

The Humanity Index is a way to gauge your willingness and capacity to be a decent, fully functioning, powerful human being — with a sense of humour and with the magnetism to attract what you want. It will provide a measure of how engaged you are in life, how committed you are to being fully you, and how much you believe in your ability to make a difference.

(If you’re too jaded to fill it out, or if you just can’t find the time because you’ve got 5,000 friends on Facebook, 1.5 million people following you on Twitter, and a dinner date with your pet goldfish, then you might want to consider whether there’s more to life — and you — than this.)

Integrity

-Are you true to yourself—speaking and acting in alignment with your values and beliefs?

Usually-3 Sometimes-2 Rarely-1 Never-0

Compassion

– Do you feel compassion for others and act on it in practical ways, taking time to listen/provide support?

Regularly–3 Occasionally–2 Rarely-1 Never-0

Honesty

-Do you express what’s in your heart and tell the whole story (not just the ‘safe’ bits)?

Often–3 Sometimes–2 Rarely-1 Never-0

Commitment

-Are you fully committed to being the best that you can be, actively doing your utmost to realize your dreams, and to staying healthy, fit and engaged in life?

Always–3 Sometimes–2 Rarely-1 Never-0

Intuition

-Are you connected to your gut instincts and do you trust/act on them in all important decisions?

Always – 3 Sometimes – 2 Rarely -1 Never – 0

Generosity

-Do you give money to support your community and give to the homeless/selected charities, spontaneously and with an open heart?
Regularly – 3 Occasionally – 2 Rarely – 1 Never – 0

Creativity

-Do you explore and engage in creative activities that inspire you and feed your passions?

Regularly–3 Occasionally–2 Rarely–1 Never-0

Friendships

-Do you take time to cultivate friendships, without being needy or a pleaser?
Regularly–3 Occasionally–2 Rarely–1 Never-0

Relationships

-Are your relationships based on trust, respect, healthy self-acceptance and understanding?

Yes–3 Sometimes–2 Rarely–1 Never-0

Self-expression

-Do you openly and confidently express yourself verbally, creatively and in the way you dress?

Regularly – 3 Occasionally – 2 Rarely – 1 Never – 0

Love

-Are you connected to your feelings and fully able to connect with others by expressing and receiving affection and intimacy, and by sharing the deepest parts of you (the good, the bad and the ugly)?

Regularly–3 Occasionally–2 Rarely–1 Never-0

Self-responsibility

-Do you take responsibility for your emotions, reactions, actions and circumstances, regardless of whether others blame bad luck, politicians, the economy or any other ‘outside’ force?

Always–3 Sometimes–2 Rarely-1 Never-0

Your rating on the Humanity Index

If you scored 30-36 points:

You’re almost angelic and an inspiration to humanity. You have exceptional magnetism and can effortlessly attract and create amazing things in life. Consequently, it makes no sense to disperse your energies on things you’re not passionate about; focus instead on what fills you with joy. You are a natural leader and a mentor. You could be using your wisdom and awareness with young people, if you’re not already, and this would bring you great fulfillment. Deepening your emotional and spiritual connection to yourself and to others is likely to be the most rewarding pursuit for you—but don’t forget to include large doses of fun and laughter.

If you scored 18-29 points:

You’re unsure of yourself and your role here on Earth. You blow hot and cold when it comes to personal and/or professional commitment. Because of this, you experience patchy success and fulfillment – attracting some great stuff but also some real downers, which keeps you stuck in unrewarding cycles. You have significant skills and would do well to focus on solidifying your personal boundaries so that you become more fully defined as an individual—and more magnetic, as a result. Avoid making any choices based on fear; say no to anything that feels wrong and only say yes to things or people that feel really good. You would also greatly benefit from exploring your creativity more deeply. (You’ve really only skimmed the surface – being careful and playing ‘safe’.) Delve more deeply, challenge yourself and play more; your creativity is the key to you thriving. Acting, working with children, or being a Big Brother/Sister would also help you to solidify the emotionally wobbly parts of yourself.

If you scored 10-17 points:

You are only partially activated as a human being and have great difficulty attracting or connecting with good stuff in your life. You need to come out of your self-absorbed little shell and start interacting with the rest of humanity. Your magnetism is barely registering, but only because you’ve kept yourself turned down so low. Increase the volume, speak up, show up, dress up, wake up! It’s all up from here, for you. Focus on giving to others and see how it feels when you allow yourself to be generous, present or simply open to being liked. Breathe more and move your body. You’re like an iceberg, with only a tiny percentage of yourself visible or available to others (or yourself). But even icebergs thaw with a little consistent warmth. Get active, join a club, volunteer at your community centre, take up singing—and you just might be surprised (and thrilled) to find that there’s a worthy, lovable human being in there.

If you scored 0-9 points:

Hello? Is there anybody there? HELLO??? Anybody? Mmmmm… I guess not.