Attitudes can change over time, which is why I’ve included this area in Where am I? rather than Who am I? You are not your attitudes, but the attitudes you hold do define where you are in life.
- Print two copies of the Attitudes List.
- Ask yourself: which of the following words describe your various attitudes in an average week? Without judging them (you may feel that some of these attitudes are positive or negative, but it’s best not to judge), tick off all of the attitudes that you think you experience on a regular basis.
- Add any additional attitudes that you think you have but were not on the list.
- Take the second copy and, at the end of each day starting tomorrow, tick off the attitudes that you experienced throughout the day. If you experience a particular attitude on more than one day, tick it off each day. Add any additional attitudes that you have during the week, but which aren’t on the list.
- At the end of your week, compare the two lists. Where are the similarities? Where are the differences? Which attitudes did you think you experienced on a regular basis, but didn’t? Which new attitudes showed up on your second list?
It can be useful to simply become aware of our attitudes, without judging them. This is an adaptation of a previous post, but it’s so relevant to the Where am I? question, that I decided to include it again. The initial post included some follow up activities, but at this point we’re still getting to know where we are in life, so I want to leave that part of the exercise until later.
What did you learn from this exercise? Did you find it challenging to admit to some of your attitudes?