April 1, and the wrap-up of The $3000 Experiment is fast approaching. Today’s post is about results. More specifically, understanding how your results so far make sense within the theme of your life overall.
Because trust me, they do.
In our last post, Ken Graydon pointed out that the greatest value of this experiment is not in its financial results but rather the way it reveals who we are to ourselves.
Stay with the experiment to the end and you’ll see and appreciate YOU more than you ever have, baby. Today’s post points you in that direction.
When I work with people privately, I often look for – and name – the theme the person is exploring in life; inevitably unconsciously. Our theme has been at the core of our greatest struggles and frustrations. It has shown up in the circumstances and challenges we keep encountering over and over. Our theme rears its head in our workplace, our home life, our health, our relationships. And, let’s link this to The $3000 Experiment, in our finances.
For each of us, our theme may be a part of us we try to avoid or hide. But despite every effort, the theme we’re exploring in life remains.
And we all have one.
It sucks during the time we explore our theme from the perspective that we are small, weak, alone or incapable. (We all experience these perspectives first, by the way. For example, experiment Co-leaders, Rodney and Ken alluded to these stages of their own stories.)
Fortunately, it’s possible to look forward into your life to see something really wonderful about this. Inevitably, there will be a time when you’ll look upon your theme with a sense of heartfelt gratitude for having explored it. A time you admire the qualities it drew out of you to make it through.
You’ll see your theme made you dig deeper into yourself than you knew you could, discovering capacities and strength you didn’t realize you had. Wouldn’t have needed if you hadn’t been exploring… that theme.
Inevitably your theme becomes the catalyst for your greatest triumphs in life.
Fortunately you don’t have to wait for any future date to see your theme and your self with such clarity and awe. You can do it now as part of your $3000 Experiment.
You may already have a sense of the theme you are exploring in life. (If so, want to let us know what it is, below? Sharing it may help someone else identify their own.)
If not, here are two ways you might notice it so you can name it.
#1. You might ask yourself, “What is my $3000 Experiment showing me about myself right now that I might not have noticed otherwise?”
#2. Pay attention to the song lyrics you find yourself humming over the next day or two. Without even meaning to, you might find yourself singing the very words that capture theme your life is about.
If you want a little hint to start you off, your theme may have something to do with a back-and-forth about some big question about yourself. Like, “Am I lovable exactly as I am?” “Am I powerful or powerless?” “Am I significant or insignificant?” “Am I a visionary or am I crazy?” That kind of thing. (Mine included all of those question, by the way.)
When a person identifies their theme for the first time, there’s often a sense that it’s too grandiose. They think, “Who am I to declare that this is what my life is about?” (Because you’re way more clever, multi-faceted, and grand than you know right now, that’s why.)
Once named, the truth of your theme will ring true right to the core of your being. And you’ll feel inspired and energized to take it on. Consciously.
Whatever your theme is, you’re experiencing it right now from some perspective (negative, neutral or positive) in The $3000 Experiment. Finding out what it is may well be the most valuable thing you take away from being here. Let us know where you’re at on the subject and if you’re stuck, let us lend a hand!
See you back here on Friday, March 27 for our next $3000 Experiment post.