I loved the show Quantum Leap. Every week, Dr. Sam Becket would find himself in a new body with a new problem. During the episode, his goal was to figure out who he was and fix something that had gone wrong. As soon as he was able to set things right he would leap to the next adventure.
I was jealous of Sam. While his life was a bit lonely he was able to fix so many things and help so many people. However, the real advantage in my mind was that every day was a fresh start. It had to be, every day he was a completely different person!
Then I realized, I don’t need to be jealous. I can create the same experience for myself anytime I want. The same is true for you. Here’s how:
- Start Fresh. The easiest way to start fresh is when you first wake up. However, you can create almost the same feeling at any time by closing your eyes for a few moments. Whether just waking or taking a few moments with your eyes closed, take a deep breath and relax. Tell yourself that when you open your eyes everything will be new and different. You will have switched places with someone, and you only have today to help them. Slowly open your eyes.
- Discover who you are. Take a few seconds to look around. What do your surroundings tell you? What hints tell you who this person is or what they do? Try and find at least five things.
- Identify what needs to be set right. How can you most help the owner of this body? Is there someone else that needs help? Is there a situation that needs to be corrected? As a short-time visitor, you will see things the owner of your body overlooks.
- Identify the actions that will provide the most assistance. Make them count. Remember, you only have today!
- Do them! Without action, this exercise is just a thought experiment. With action, it can be life-changing.
- Get ready to leap. Tomorrow is a new day and you will be in a new situation. Get ready for your new adventure. What will you be able to learn tomorrow?
I’ve tried this exercise several times. Each time, I learned something important.
I dare you to try it. Anyone brave enough? What do you have to lose? I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences with this or similar exercises. Please feel free to comment!