brutally honest reflection

I just watched an interesting video this morning by Benjamin Hardy:

He starts his video with a poem by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse about life:

My Wage by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.

Wow, what a powerful poem.

He then goes on to share what he considers FIVE Brutally Honest Journal Prompts to ask yourself. I haven’t set aside time to answer the questions (I just finished watching the video a few minutes ago), but I do plan to answer and share my answers here on this blog. My challenge to you – take time to watch the video and answer the five prompts for yourself. Here are the five journal prompts:

5 Brutally Honest Journal Prompts

  1. What are you asking of life right now? What is the vision you have for your future self? What is the vision and commitment you have for the next 12 months? How would your strategy change if you asked 10X more, bigger, and better of the next 12 months?
  2. Review your most important progress and experiences over the past 5 years (or even just one year). Once you’ve done this, do you think it’s possible you could be, do, and have at least as much in the next 12 months?
  3. Ego goals vs Spiritual goals: How much of your life right now is striving for accolades, prestige, being famous, etc. which, in the end, you won’t truly value? At your core, who is your highest and most powerful self, which you’ve been avoiding?
  4. 80/20 Thinking: How much of your day-to-day life is spent in the “80%” that is ultimately a distraction or false security? What would your life look like if you went all-in on the 20% (that’s most important and beneficial)?
  5. What are you still holding on it? (Already Free)? What stories, narratives, or ideas from your past are you continuing to commit to and play-out in the present? What would happen if you embraced gratitude and let this stuff go?

As I write this post, I’m already thinking about how I would answer these prompts. Sounds like a nice activity to do this weekend, don’t you think?


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