Story of My Life Practical Exercise Copy

Life Spiral Exercise

  1. At the bottom of the spiral, write your date of birth. At the top, write the age you think you will live to be. Mark the place on the spiral which represents your current age. How far along are you in this life? What feelings does this evoke?
  2. Record seven trigger experiences that shaped your life story. These could be any major life events, breakthroughs or breakdowns, such as weddings, divorces, moves, losses, career changes, etc. Write down the age each trigger took place. What was the life lesson learned in each case?
  3. Focus on each of these life lessons—what did they teach you, and how did they change you? Can you gauge from this exercise where you are in your life today and where you’d like to be by the end of it? What would a life well lived look like? Seeing your life in this broader perspective can help identify what is meaningful and valuable to you.

Trigger #1 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #2 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #3 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #4 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #5 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #6 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Trigger #7 ________________________________________________ Age __________

Life lesson learned? ______________________________________________________

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Now see if you can rephrase the Life Lesson learned in any instance where the lesson can be changed from negative to positive.

There is always a silver lining to every cloud. Sometimes we just have to look a bit harder.

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