Essential Expectations

With the holiday season descending on many of us, I have heard people say:

  • Let the holiday crazy begin!

  • There goes my self-care regimen.

  • The manic train to holiday-ville is calling my  name.

  • I hope I don’t lose my mind, again, this year.

  • UGH!

The holiday season, or any other season, does not have to put you on the fast track to losing your mind or yourself.

When you identify and are clear on your Essential Expectations, you can welcome the holiday season with openness, joy, and calmness.

Essential Expectations are:

  • Your personal philosophy

  • Alignment of your top values with your daily expectations

  • Your personal slogan

  • Your inner thoughts – actualized – put into practice

  • Guidelines for the way you want your day to go and run

  • Reminders to be mindful

  • Activation messages to connect your mind, body, spirit, and creativity

Writing your Essential Expectations:

  • Keep them short and simple

  • Write in the affirmative (be positive)

  • Stay in the present – in the now

  • Use empowered language

Getting started with your Essential Expectations…

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List three things you would like to change about your current holiday routine.

  • Example:  I would like to feel less stretched during the holiday season.

Rewrite the three things you listed above – in an opposite format. (AKA – reframed perspective)

  • Example:  I choose not to feel stretched during the holiday season.

Write three ways you can actualize (make true) each reframed perspective?

  • Reframed perspective: I choose not to feel stretched on during the holiday season.

Three action items – actualizing:

  • I get up earlier so I can exercise – at least 3 times a week – during the holiday season.

  • I engage in a self-care activity before I start taking care of others.

  • I am omitting the holiday activities that no longer serve me.

Your turn…

Three things you would like to change about your current holiday routine:

Rewrite the three things you listed above – in an opposite format. (AKA – reframed perspective)

Reframed perspective #1:

  • Three action items – actualizing:

Reframed perspective #2:

  • Three action items – actualizing:

Reframed perspective #3:

  • Three action items – actualizing:

Notes & Doodles:

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