Do you have a vision of your “dream life” in your head? In this dream life, are there certain accomplishments you’ve made, financial goals you’ve met, challenges you’ve overcome and specific types of people in your life? If you’re unfamiliar with my “Let’s Talk” posts, this is where I open up a conversation on a particular topic by sharing my thoughts on it and posing questions to you as a reader. With that being said, let’s dive into the topic of creating the life of your dreams.
What do you not have in your life that you want, or want more of?
First and foremost, let’s get thinking. This is a question I ask myself whenever I’m feeling down, uninspired or unexcited about life — what does your dream life look like? Why do you want these things and why don’t you have them? What needs to be done to attain these things? Will these things actually better the quality of your life? For me, my dream life is doing a job that I love and want to jump out of bed for in the morning (I’m currently working toward this!), traveling more, and feeling physically healthy and genuinely happy.
What key, three traits does the future you that you’re envisioning possess?
I’ve mentioned this a number of times, but I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is to take a look at your life and the person you want to be from an outside perspective. Forget about your fears, insecurities and current weaknesses: what three characteristics does “dream you” have? Dreaming to be someone else isn’t fair, but dreaming to be the best version of yourself is healthy and totally achievable with drive and effort. For me, dream me takes chances and is never afraid to ask for what I want — though I possess a bit of these qualities currently, I want to expand on this and become better at it. I also want to feel comfortable taking financial risk (I’m so bad at this!) if it means working toward a better and happier life for myself.
Make a change.
I find myself most motivated to make change when I set checkpoint goals for myself, breaking down my goals daily, weekly, monthly and long-term. It’s so easy for me to get stuck in my daily routine when I’m busy, but remembering to set aside time to work toward my goals and better myself as often as possible helps me feel like I’m continuing to move in the right direction day by day. I like to jot down my goals in my planner for quick reference as I go over my schedule and to-do list each day. This puts my goals in writing right in front of me where I’ll see them constantly, allowing me to stay focused and remember what’s important to me.
Don’t lose sight of what you want, and at the times when you do, create a strategy for getting back up on your feet. I’m guilty of getting overwhelmed with work at times and losing sight of my ambitions, so reading and watching inspiring content is one of the biggest ways I stay inspired. For example, I like watching fellow bloggers’ advice videos and adding content to my Lifestyle & Inspiration board on Pinterest. I also keep a running list of all my ideas in my planner to reference back to when I’m in need of new content ideas for my blog and social media. I write down every idea I think of, even if it seems mediocre at the time, because those ideas often blossom into ones that I totally love and feel connected to later one.
In conclusion, I think being successful in creating a life you’ve dreamed of is taking a lead position and embracing that role head on. YOUR life is in YOUR hands — although factors outside of your control will fall within your path, you decide if, when and how you rise above them. What are your thoughts on this topic? Let’s talk in the comments below!