Fastest or Slowest Year Ever? Find Peace Either Way
Can you believe that 2020 is halfway through?
In a recent conversation with my husband, he said that this has been the longest year and was in disbelief that it was only July. It’s only fitting that I am feeling the exact opposite. 😉 I am also in disbelief that it’s July because I’m still stuck in March! The moment when our lives completely and unexpectedly changed with everything we planned on and scheduled was gone. Maybe I’m still mourning the time that I feel like I lost. Maybe it’s because I’m not where I wanted to be with my goals by mid-year. Whatever my reasons are, I need to recognize that I’m in control of how I respond to my disbelief and disappointment.
Oftentimes, this is a period for businesses to assess how they are doing with meeting their goals or strategic plan objectives. Or they are launching a new fiscal year setting off into fresh territory. Maybe your organization is in one of those categories, but regardless of where your work is, now might be a good time for you to do a mid-year check-in on yourself.
Where are YOU now? Let’s get a sense of how well you are doing.
The Peace Index is a benchmark exercise for gauging how you feel around five metrics:
4. Physical Health
Even if you have done this exercise before now might be a relevant time to do it again.
If you haven’t used this tool before, here are the instructions.
1. Rate yourself from 0-100 on how well you feel / how much peace you have right now in each circle.
2. Add up all 5 numbers and divide by 5. You’ll have your overall Peace Percentage Index.
Definitions of each circle:
· Purpose – how you feel about the work you are doing or the life you are living, your calling or purpose.
· Place - how you feel about where you live, your house, the city, or state.
· Provision – how comfortable you feel with your financial resources, income, savings, retirement.
· Physical Health – how at peace you are with your health and activity level, how well you are feeling, including your mental health.
· People – how at peace are you with your key relationships right now, this may be family, friends, colleagues, neighbors.
Do you have your Peace Index? How do you feel about it? Of course, it won’t be 100%, but the goal is to understand where you are today so you can work towards being as close to 100% as possible. Maybe you can pinpoint a few things within your control that you can do differently that will help increase your peace.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” - Wayne W. Dyer