From: John Friedman, of JFRQ Consulting
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2010 11:48 PM
Subject: The First Week of January Test — a two minute thought exercise for you to do the moment you read this piece
Greetings all —
This is a group email going out to clients and friends of JFRQ Consulting re: The First Week of January Test.
Quick! Think on this: now that the holidays are over and it’s the first Monday of the calendar year, how does it feel to be at the threshold of a brand new year, staring into the empty vessel that is 2010? Can you conjure up all sorts of wonderful things you’re going to place into those 362 remaining days — filling ’em up with lots of goodies? Or do you find your mind drawn to lots of un-wonderful things that await you — imposed upon you and infringing on what you would really like to do? Or maybe some of both?
That, folks, is the 2010 formulation of The First Week of January Test — now in its sixth formulation (a new one every year . . . ). Those of you who’ve been down this road before, please start writing. How does it feel?
And for those that have not been down this road before, here is quick rundown of the M.O. of the exercise, and directions for what to do (it’ll take you two minutes):
M.O.: No moment of the year is more likely to help you best understand your non-numeric financial health than the first Monday of the new year, so the idea of the test is to, quickly and without editing yourself, record what you feel as you first read this email.
Directions: So, quick, write down your thoughts about how you feel right at this very moment as you conjure up the new year. What do you see? And how happy or glum does that make you feel? How excited or bored does that make you feel? How fearless or fearful does that make you feel? How this’ed or that’ed does that make you feel? And what is it that makes you feel that way? Just write . . .
Please go with your first thoughts, and write as little or as much as you would like. And then please read the email that will come to you in the days ahead, explaining The First Week of January Test, and how on earth any of this has anything to do with financial health.
Thanks, all, and a happy and a wonderful twenty-ten and beyond to you.