Shannon Silva is a Virtues Project Facilitator and the Founder of Unstoppable Women of Silicon Valley.
Let’s say you have a goal of starting a routine of walking, but need some Encouragement to get started or to keep motivated. In this case, you would select a virtue to help you change your mindset so walking becomes a part of your routine. You might put on your walking shoes and call on the virtue of Self-discipline or Determination. Perhaps you'd contemplate the virtue of Accountability or Integrity if you were sharing your progress with with your coach or accountability group.
STEP 2: For each activity, appointment or experience, identify the virtue(s) that will support you in showing up as your best self. Here are the virtues I selected for the above activity, appointment and experience.
How Virtues-Centered Planning Works:
Oftentimes, things come up that we haven't planned for. This is still a good opportunity to think about what virtue you want to cultivate in the moment. For example, if you had a change in your schedule you can cultivate the virtue of flexibility. You can also identify a virtue you want to experience during the day. For example, you may decide that you want to embrace the virtue of Thoughtfulness or you can pick a virtue card randomly to use as your theme for the day.
STEP 3: To deepen the experience, read the corresponding Virtues Reflection Cards, you selected in Step 2. If you're up for a challenge, write your thoughts in your journal.
The best time to do your Virtues-Centered Planning is the time you are most likely to do it on a consistent basis.
As I mentioned, Virtues-Centered Planning will empower you to make progress on your goals as well as develop your personal character and cultivate more meaning and purpose into your day. Happy planning!
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Shannon shares her message through workshops, learning circles and retreats. She is a Facilitator of The Virtues Project and Appreciative Living Learning Circles. She is professionally trained as a Certified Self-Discovery Coach and a Dale Carnegie speaker. With a reputation for captivating audiences with her enthusiasm, authenticity and passion, Shannon is known throughout the community as a catalyst for joy, transformation and creative self expression. She is the proud author of the book, “52 Way to Practice Self-Care and Create More Joy in Your Life and a series of Virtues-Centered Living eBooks.