Just like the seasons, our lives – and the projects and relationships we invest in – go through different stages. Sometimes life feels great and in flow, while at others it feels tough and frustrating; and as we go through these processes our energy levels move up and down. If we look to nature and how it copes with the weather and seasons, we learn that life moves in cycles. We can begin to trust that our low, unproductive periods will be followed by lighter, easier times.

It’s easy to feel tempted to live in an eternal spring: to feel the need to constantly push new ideas and move in new directions. But there’s far more benefit in recognising that some endings, as with leaves falling from trees, are healthy and necessary in order to make space for new beginnings and new opportunities. By accepting that change is an inevitable and necessary part of growing, you will access a greater sense of inner well-being and peace.

Autumn is a time for self-reflection. We are in harvest, and by allowing yourself time to gather your gains and take stock of where you are, you can build on your successes and continue to move forward – without losing your sense of self in the process. By reflecting on the different aspects of your life, you will be able to recognise which areas leave you feeling happy and fulfilled, and which leave you feeling drained.

One way to work through these reflections is to take a life inventory. Split your life into sections and reflect openly and honestly on how you feel each of these areas is working for you. Then spend some time evaluating where changes might be beneficial. Rid your life of any toxins by disengaging with negative people or habits, and focus on enriching and nourishing those areas of your life that make you feel fulfilled and happy.

Here’s how to begin taking a life inventory of three key areas: we’ll start with your working life, then move onto your relationships and your personal well-being within the next couple of posts.

YOUR WORKING LIFE

Reflect on where you currently are in work, and then ask yourself where you want to be. Visualise your dream work situation; write a list of your skills, your hobbies and passions, and the ways you would like to help others. How could you combine all three? Create a mood board to amplify the vision.  Allow yourself to dream, and to believe in the possibility of fulfilling those dreams.

Don’t allow this vision to become all encompassing; your overall sense of well-being also relies on connecting with the appreciation of the simple and mundane things in your daily life. By making time to appreciate the small comforts and everyday joys, and regularly setting aside space in your mind to disconnect from work, you will be able to nourish your heart alongside your head.

Think about what it is that motivates you – is it a love of learning? A yearning to succeed and accumulate? A sense of fairness and justice, or a love for beauty and creativity? Personal motivation will differ greatly from person to person, and by recognising what it is that drives you, you will find it easier to see the steps necessary to fulfilling those motivations.  By tuning into your true authentic essence, you can begin to clarify a truly fulfilling life path.

If you’re feeling dissatisfied with your job, look at the reasons for this. Try not to allow yourself to stagnate in a situation that you may be able to change. What is it about your job that’s leaving you unfulfilled? Are there any little changes you can make to rectify these feelings? Maybe you can create new opportunities for yourself within your current role; maybe you can work on your confidence in order to push yourself forward; maybe you can limit interactions with negative co-workers. Keep an open mind when considering your options – it might be that you have gotten everything you can from your job as it stands, and it might be time to consider other opportunities. Do this without placing any pressure on yourself, but don’t undervalue your skills, talents and time.


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