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Psychologist Rob Archer outlines the obituary exercise, which he uses with his career change clients. Helps people to clarify their values and what's really important about their life.

Psychologist Rob Archer outlines the obituary exercise, which he uses with his career change clients. Helps people to clarify their values and what's really important about their life.

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  • 1. Write Your Own Obituary And bring your values to life... By Rob Archer – Director, Bloom Psychology Ltd
  • 2. Exercise: Write Your Own Epitaph Values are what you want your life to stand for. Funnily enough, we find that thinking about your death is a good way for enough of bringing your life into perspective. This exercise will help you think about this. How to do it 1. Start off with your name and a manner of death you’d be happy with (if you see what we mean..!) 2. 2 Reference a li of your main accomplishments R f list f i li h 3. Describe in detail your greatest achievement of all 4. 4 List the people you will be leaving behind and those behind, who will miss you the most. 5. Mention the people you helped 6. Identify the main questions that life asked you, and how you responded. 7. 7 Write it in a style that reflects the type of person you were – let go! After all, you’re already dead!
  • 3. Here Lies... Name … Born in... Start typing here…
  • 4. Make a note of the values y you identified f f from the epitaph exercise in this space e.g. Freedom, courage, respect. (If you struggle to identify a value ask yourself: what is this in the service of?)
  • 5. Checklist! 1. Is this value authentic? A value doesn’t feel like a ‘should’, or a ‘must’ it’s ‘should’ ‘must’, more a feeling of ‘this is the real me’. 2. Is this what you want your time on earth to be about? Look at the picture of the earth, right. Think of all the possible lives you could live in your short time here. Is this value something you want to stand for? 3. Is this your voice speaking? The final test is to ask yourself whether each value is y really yours. If not, who else’s could it be? Don’t try and please anyone else with your value.
  • 6. Bloom Psychology is an independent occupational psychology consultancy based in London. We offer coaching, consultancy, training, training measurement and assessment to individuals and businesses looking to make a change for the better. www.bloompsychology.com www.linkedin.com/robarcher