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Playing the excited card. Monday February 3, 2014

Here's the last in the series of excellent blogs by Lex covering the adjectives on the 20 Moodscope cards. Please don't forget we'd love you to add any ideas, tips, insights or advice you may have that you'd like to share with other Moodscope members that might be of help. Many thanks. Caroline.

Excited – looking forward to things.

My last Moodscope card, and what a beautiful red card to finish on. This is pure, focus-driven dream power. It is the power of hope. Hope is called the anchor of the soul – it is a sure and certain belief that "tomorrow" can and will be better...whenever that "tomorrow" will be.

Action can only follow attention – and excitement follows too. So, regarding the future, on what specifically will you lay your attention? You really can choose.

My research into the scientific basis for happiness suggests that a stunning 50% of my future happiness is based on my genetics – not always good news. Interestingly, only 10% depends upon what the marketeers suggest will bring me happiness – the new car, the big house, the material aspects.

I'm happy to work on the 40% that is within my grasp, within my power to change. If I really can choose what I focus on, and this could make 40% difference to my happiness, I will choose to look forward to specific things and events.

I've added 'events' there because the consensus is that 'stuff' is pretty impotent at changing your state. Buying 'things' gives the equivalent of a sugar rush, but it is soon over. Doing things is much more enduring in terms of the benefits you reap.

My youngest son posted on Facebook that 2013 was the best year of his life. Why? He then listed all the things he'd done. There was nothing material in the list. It was travel. It was meeting new people. It was spending time with friends. These moments of truth are the stuff of life – the stuff that endures – the stuff that is worth getting excited about.

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Sally Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 @ 9:42am

Absolutely! "Something I'm looking forward to ..." is a prompt that I sometimes use at the end of a co-counselling session. Especially useful when it's been an emotional session dealing with difficult material. Also great to help me through a seemingly endless and daunting task, like de-cluttering. And it's a useful reminder to plan some treats into my day or diary, so that there really is something to look forward to. (Not forgetting the value of living in the present, of course :)

Anonymous Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 @ 9:59am

Drew up a list of things I wanted to do this year and am steadily working my way through it. Saw a murmaration of starlings last week, went for sunday dinner on a barge and am excited to be looking at ticking a couple more things off in Feb.

Anonymous Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 @ 1:52pm

A Murmeration of starlings. Ahhhh. Yes - that's a great thing to have on your list. I think mine is going to see the swans at Welney. Must see if I can put that in the diary.

Mary Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 @ 1:54pm

You're right, Lex, the excited card is a lovely card to finish on. I have really enjoyed these posts and you have made me really think about what each card specifically means to me. Doing this means that the Moodscope score is even more meaningful and accurate. Thanks so much.

Silvia A Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 @ 2:33pm

What I would like to suggest for those who want to make a plan is BYY. I prefer to fill it in a slow pace, and I will complete mine after a few weeks.

I learnt a lot with GTD but I prefer Mark Forster's approach. There are many other excellent websites about Time Management that I will list for those who are not familiar with. To learn how to plane really changed my life in many ways. One of the biggest problem for those in a depressive mood is lack of action. To make a list of things to do helps me so much.

David Allen, GTD, Getting Things Done
Mark Forster
Brian Tracy
Harold Taylor
and the one that was the very first one that made the initial big change in my life:
Don Wetmore

For clutter,
Sandra Felton ( I think she is wonderful for those with depression, because she is a messy herself who help others)
For cleaning Melissa Maker

The Entertrainer Tue, Feb 4th 2014 @ 8:40am

I do love our exchanges. Your words, Sally, reminded me of a journey... one of my favourites is to my Dad's across country on the A31 in England. This part of the journey has all manner of treats to look forward to: the Hornbeam tree at Ropley is a favourite - such elegant natural architecture.

But to get there, I have to go through some very boring and uninspiring parts of the process (like de-cluttering - glad I am so not alone on that one!). It is the treats that propel me forwards. Thanks to your description, I am now going to see them as milestones on the journey and make sure they are always planned in.

The Entertrainer Tue, Feb 4th 2014 @ 8:43am

One of my favourite words, "Murmeration" - and one of my favourite sites.

There's a simulation in Chaos Theory call the Boids (after a New York style pronunciation of "Birds" I believe - could be wrong!) The point is, the model looks like a mumeration and is achieved by sticking to a simple set of rules.

Sometimes, when life seems too complex, we need a simple set of rules to get us flocking or mumerating again. Better that than mumering to myself all day like Mutley (the Cartoon Dog from Dastardly and Mutley!)

The Entertrainer Tue, Feb 4th 2014 @ 8:44am

Thank you Mary! It was a fascinating journey of thought for me - made all the richer by the exchanges of ideas each time.

The Entertrainer Tue, Feb 4th 2014 @ 8:49am

What a stunningly useful set of links! David Allen is the only person who has ever got me interested in filing. I'd recommend the audio version of his book, "Getting Things Done." The first couple of CDs are a great catalyst to get back with the programme when discipline fails!

Have to say that Mind Mapping is my number one tool for tracking everything. I use two software versions as well as regularly mind mapping by hand: and The latter is beautiful, the former is ruthlessly efficient for my business needs.

If anyone in the community wants free help learning to Mind Map, I eat, sleep, dream, and practice it on a daily basis.

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