Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Know Thyself: What's the Point?

I close my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin

The bootstrap journey begins with a point ... you. You are the alpha and the omega. You are every point in between. Once you open the door to the inner pathways, the journey changes forever.

Your Inner Journey Toolkit expands this month with the addition of a practical yet profound tool: Introspection

The capacity to look within is an essential element in the quest to be a bootstrapper. Fundamental questions for exploration include:
  • What do I value?
  • What do I believe?
  • What inspires me?
  • What motivates me?
  • How has life experience shaped me?
  • How have my relationships shaped me?
  • What is my core energy?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What am I doing when I feel happy?
  • What matters more than anything in the world?
  • What is my unique gift?
  • What stops me from sharing my unique gift with the world?
  • How do I remove these barriers?
The journey toward self-knowledge can be immensely rewarding. It can also be challenging work and you may benefit from having a mentor, counselor, or friend who is willing to listen and hold up a mirror. Time spent contemplating these and other important questions can unearth a cache of wisdom. Documenting key insights in a journal will enhance the process of discovery.

What is the point? Why is it important for Bootstrappers to know themselves?

Whether or not you choose to practice self-inquiry, the values, qualities and experiences that shape your life and the life of your business will continue to affect you and those around you. Introspection gives rise to informed choices, authentic relationships, congruent action and increased life satisfaction.

What is your choice? Will you become a cause instead of an effect? Are you ready to make a commitment to live an examined life and give birth to your unique song?

Please join us for the Inner Journey Subgroup meeting on August 12 at 7p. Now is the time to see Mystic Cab a tale of two Inner Journey bootstrappers! For more information, check out the Inner Journey Yahoogroup.

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