Since developing the seminar I've found multiple uses for the content including helping a colleague assess a major career change and, most recently, using it as an annual personal planning tool which is what I'd like to talk more about. At the beginning of the year many of us embark on some goal to achieve, i.e. lose weight, get a better job, etc. I am an advocate of doing so, with two distinct requirements:
In meeting those two requirements, this year I decided to look at my life from the vantage point of each of the eight drivers of contentment and come up with 1-2 items that I would be content with achieving by the end of the year. I have more aggressive goals in some areas and less in others. The point isn't to try to work myself to death trying to achieve a hyper-aggressive goal that deep down I know I won't be able to meet; it's being realistic about what I think I'd like and need to achieve.
To help you in your planning, I've included a simple Excel spreadsheet that you can use to help you in your planning using my eight drivers of contentment with my compliments. The spreadsheet contains four columns; I've included an example entry for "Health Contentment":
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