Back packs; getting stuck in patterns of behaviour and writing a ‘Shipped List’.

'Shipped List'

Another thread of thought for the back pack theme is that we all get stuck. Maybe it’s not the issue of having someone who will listen without judgement, it could be the conversations being held. If you listen to what is actually being said it can be the same things cropping up time and time again. Each conversation ending with ‘I’ll tackle that when……..’; ‘As soon as this happens…….’; ‘Get ….. out of the way and I’ll …..’. Is it the will to change something or is it the clarity of where you actually want to be that comes first?

There is also the element of fear running through all of this, but that is linked to the conversations that we hold with ourselves and the things we focus on; another topic for different day.

There are a myriad of ways you can gain clarity on where/what you want to be.

One that worked for me was suggested by a chap working just outside of New York called Seth Godin and I have been following his blog for some time. I really like the way the man thinks.

At the back end of last year he suggested writing a ‘Shipped List’. In America when you have completed something it is deemed as ‘shipped’. His suggestion was to write a list of things ‘shipped’ in 2010, rather than writing a list of ‘resolutions’. This struck a chord with me and I took a large mug of hot chocolate upstairs to sit on my bed, and with my ‘boys’ warming my feet, I set about writing my ‘Shipped List’. It was much longer than I expected and I had even forgotten some things completed in the first few months of the year. As I compiled my list more things sprang to mind and I was smiling by the time I had finished.

When events unfolded in an unexpected way at the beginning of this year, I decided to step off the corporate ladder for good. The creation of my ‘Shipped List’ had given a clarity of mind that meant I knew immediately what I should be doing to build a future that was true to my ‘song’.

A close friend worried about writing hers because she hadn’t done any obvious things like the night school course she had promised herself for example. ‘I’m not like you’ she said and for those of you that know me well my response was one word! I wrote a ‘Shipped List’ for her. You see she has a busy family life and every day is filled with lovingly helping others; her husband, her daughter, her parents, her sisters, their families; her friends and her colleagues at work. She had shipped a great deal for others and her ‘Shipped List’ gave her a good idea of who she is and what she does that matters to her.

Everyone will have a different kind of list and if you chose to write it you may find some surprises in there – I did.

I wrote to thank Seth recently for his unwitting gift and he kindly replied; he’s a great guy and his link is below as his blog is well worth a read.


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