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December 18, 2008

The Urban Ninja Holiday Checklist:

Holidays are a great time for reflection and putting your life back on track. All the years commitments and happenings may have led you a little off the track you had painted for yourself. But these are good times to get over all that. Its time for Personal Planning and time to take action.
Here are some other things you may want to do:

Commit:

Take time to focus on what you can learn about yourself all the time, especially from how you react (such as anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, and impatience) instead of judging or blaming others or myself. Imagine what you just said was said to you and then take a moment to consider how you would feel.

Notice your emotions and take a good look at how they reflect in the mirror.

Notice your thoughts and write them down. Make a list and count if you are negative or positive as a base. You`ll never get to the total thoughts you have a day (around 60 000 a day) but you`ll get the notion of how you really are.

Notice your intention. What do I want from this person, if I break it down to the finest, rawest point. Is it good, or selfish, or even deceitful.

Stand up and face it:

Take responsibility for your feelings, experiences, and actions. Trade your wishbone for some backbone.

Practice integrity at all times. Always be true to yourself, even when its hardest.

Say or do what is most difficult. Build your courage. Take that chance. Don’t worry about being responsible for other peoples emotions. But be tough and make the tough choice.

Be compassionate.

Change your perspective from fearful to loving & choose to see yourself and others in a loving or appreciative way. Are your small decisions relating to your overall health. From eating emotionally to being involved in bad relationships. Are you loving all these people?

Release any distance you feel from anyone. They are only a phonecall away. If they aren’t treating you with the respect, let the distance go and let the commitment to them go. Be true to yourself.

Be present while others are speaking. Listen. I am so bad at this when I’m stressed out. I miss out on a lot while I’m stuck in my head. So stupid.

Action:

Consult your intuition. Whether its instinctual or from intuition, learn to trust it. Learn to embrace it. How many times have you done things and your gut was right all along?

Choose my intention before you speak or act. Take a moment. 2 seconds is always available.

Act from the healthiest part of my personality that you can find. Feed that part of your personality with the best food, and the cleanest air, so that it can be the centre of your decision making abilities.

Speak personally and specifically rather than generally and abstractly and make sure you look at people when you talk to them.

Release attachment to the outcome. If you find yourself attached, begin again with Commitment, Courage, Compassion.

Tomorrow I will repost the personal planning piece, as there has been a lot of ask for it recently.

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