There is an exercise in coaching called the rocking chair test. Basically, this involves imagining yourself when you’re older, sat in a rocking chair, looking back over your life. It suggests that you really visualise this and get into the feeling state of how you would want to feel.
So, this post is shorter than normal but I’m inviting you to do just that.
It seems like it can be a really powerful exercise in terms of helping people live by their values, and head where they want to go.
Of course there are so many things that are out of our control, and that will happen in our lives that we won’t expect. But within what we can control it can be really useful to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep what’s most important to us at the forefront, and central to everything we do.
We can strike a balance between being in the moment, and pursuing the things we want the most, so that we don’t need to have regrets.
It can be easy to lose sight of what’s most important to us, to let go of dreams, to get caught up in the everyday. To live on automatic pilot. But this exercise is helpful in bringing us back to our hearts, and to what really matters.
So how would you want to feel? Who would you want to be around you? What would make you proud? What would you like people to be saying about you?
What advice would you give yourself now?
What would you want to have contributed or achieved? What difference would you have wanted to make? What would make you smile and laugh? And who would you have most wanted to be?