Watch yourself. Study the choices you make throughout the day, week, month, and evaluate them to learn more about who you are.
Make a list of your choices in your journal, and then make time to reflect on them in writing. This can be done over any period of time you choose.
What can you learn about yourself from assessing both the major decisions and minor, everyday choices you are making?
What’s the difference between the seemingly unimportant choices you make and what you have decided are the more important ones?
What are the kinds of choices you are making?
Why are you making the kinds of choices you are making?
How are you making your choices? Is there are difference between how you make less important choices and how you make more important choices? What are the differences and how do they teach you more about who you are?
Are there noticeable patterns to the reasons why and the ways in which you are making choices?
Which kind of choices are healthy and support your wellness? Which choices are counter to your health and wellness? Be as specific as possible, in writing.
Which choices are in line with your values and which are not? Be specific.
Which choices are inauthentic or suppress your inner truth, or the real you?
Which choices prevent you from expressing your truest and most authentic self?
Which choices are in line with your values and support your health and wellness through full authentic expression of your uniqueness?
How does your body feel when you make these various choices, whether healthy or unhealthy?
Mining Information About You
Write any and all of your thoughts and feelings about your choices––those that support or are in line with your wellness and those that are not. Try not to be negative or overly critical of your choices. Remember you are observing and assessing your choices to learn and grow in order to be well and be the best you possible, not to punish yourself, shame, or beat yourself up. Be compassionate, and explore your choice-making to gain deeper, more loving understanding of who you really are.
The more you learn about yourself and the clearer your understanding about how your choices define you, the better you will be! Use what you learned in the previous parts of the Self-Study Curriculum (attention, self-awareness, and challenge) to be as honest as possible, as you work through the Course on Choice.
After reviewing your previous choices and assessing them, you can set goals for choosing more wisely in ways that support your wellness, especially in situations and circumstances that are likely to occur repeatedly in your daily life. Then, practice!