Okay, so how did you do? Several of you have e-mailed me worried about your low color scores. First let me say that this is not a standardized psychological test – I made it up for fun. The operative word here being fun.
The good news is that by taking this little quiz you may have discovered that your life could use a little dash of color now and then. And just to let you know my score fluctuates too depending on what’s going on in my life at the moment. In our hectic day-to-day lives we sometimes forget this. It’s only natural. So the only question now is what are we going to do about it?
It could be something as simple as buying a colorful coffee mug. Here’s a picture of mine. It was a gift, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It has been a blue November for your Café Girl friend as I try to figure out what to do next. Things that were once new and novel have become ritual and habitual, i.e. writing this blog and working on my second book. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just these “colors” (aka exciting activities) already exist on my canvas and it’s time for me to choose some new colors. Adding color is not a one-time occurrence, something to be checked off a list, and forgotten. It’s a life-long commitment to change, to re-invent yourself and have fun doing it.
As we all prepare for the New Year ahead, here’s a little checklist to help us add some color back into our lives.
- Take time for pit stops of happiness. Pull off the road every now and then and be good to yourself. Even if it is just a quiet moment and a cup of coffee.
- Add discipline – it provides proportional returns. What you get out of anything is equal to what you put into it.
- Realize that advice is just a validation of the decision you are about to make. And do it.
- Ask, ‘Would I rather be right or happy?’ If you want to be happy, then be willing to change your mind. (By the way, Frank Sinatra thought that orange was the happiest color.)
- Accept the consequences of your decisions and move on.
- Live (temporarily) with your fear, guilt or embarrassment until you get over them – and you will get over them.
- Overcome analysis/paralysis. Ask the right question – not ‘why’ (blame) but ‘how’ (action).
- You do not have to be an expert. Just be honest with yourself.
- Take advantage of new opportunities. If not now, when?