Part 2 | Strengths and Making It a Habit

ThriveLifeEDITMarch 16, 2016

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

There is a great story called If You Give A Mouse A Cookie wherein a mouse is given a cookie and, because the cookie dries out his mouth, he asks for a glass of milk.

Then, like any normal mouse, he asks for a napkin, then a place to take a nap, and then and then and then and then and then by the end of the story the mouse has basically taken over the house.

In just this way, we incrementally develop certain habits and lifestyles. Bit by bit we adjust our definition of what’s normal, healthy, tolerable, excusable, and “okay”.

But what if we used this strategy in the other direction to intentionally evolve in a positive direction bit by bit through the development of small daily habits?

Most of us have tried doing this with dental floss right? All like, “I’m just going to make it a habit from here on out…” Did it work? Why or why not? And, is it easier to form unhealthy habits than it is to form healthy ones? Again, why or why not?

Three Questions

 If there were no external demands on you or your schedule, what would you do with your 24 hours each day?

What does it mean to work toward a dream life?

When snow melts, why is it no longer white? Where does the color go?

 An Action

Desired Result: Getting Specific About a Vision for Life

Concrete Action: Create a mobile vision board

A vision board is a way to get really specific about what we want to invite into our lives. At its core, it is a collection of images that is contemplated and focused on for the purposes of motivation and manifestation. It goes along with the idea that what we think about most expands. A vision board gives us clear and precise images to focus on and, in turn, expand into our lives. Among other things, the advent of the smart phone provides a new option for vision boards—a mobile option. It’s simple, save to your phone five images that represent five people, places, things, or ideas that you would like to invite in greater abundance into your life. Create an album in your Photos App with these images and call it Vision Board. Spend 3-5 mins each morning swiping through the photos, imaging yourself enjoying these people, places, things, and ideas. Allow your imagination to play and get swept into the act. Later in the day, if you are feeling low energy, pull out your phone and give the Vision Board another swipe through. Let it lift your spirit and be motivation toward these goals. Let it hone your focus and refine your view.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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2 thoughts on “Part 2 | Strengths and Making It a Habit

  1. What a grreat idea, Zack ! Now I need to go and play with my phone to find out how to do that! I’m a novice when it comes to these things and my learning curve keep going ever higher 🙂


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