Why NOW is the time to create your ideal life.
Now? Like right now? Now? When the world is in turmoil, the economy is utter chaos and we have no idea what next month will be like, never mind next year?
Yes. Exactly. Now.
Those are the reasons it is the perfect time to create your new path. There has never been a better time to re-evaluate your life, your priorities and your goals. Things that were once assumed, are no longer a forgone conclusion. Expectations are out the window. And this is the freshest start you will ever get, to rebuild your life from the ground up.
Sounds good right? And it gets better. What if I told you that the process of deciding what you want in life, would help you actually get what you want in life? The simple process of creating a clear vision for your future, is the very tool that will create that future out of nothingness? Pretty cool right?
So here’s the secret, the tool that mega successes like Tony Robbins, Oprah, and Sara Blakely, the founder of SPANX, have used for decades. It’s free, it’s fun and it works.
In order to bring your perfect life into being, you first need to know what that perfect life looks like. How does it look, what do you do each day, where do you live, who are you surrounded by? Sit down with pen and paper and really delve into the finer details.
In your vision you have a great house? Okay that’s a start, but you can dig a bit deeper. What’s the property like? Do you have a large treed yard, or a pool? Is it in nestled in the mountains or does it open onto a Caribbean beach? Is your new home modern and sleek with lots of glass and white walls, or more traditional brick construction, with white shutters and flower boxes? What do you see when you walk through the front door? How does it smell?
Walk through your future home in your mind and work out all the finest details, so you can actually picture yourself walking through the door. Have you started to really see it in your head?
But don’t stop there. There's more to a life than just your home. What charities or causes do you support in the future, and what do you do for them? Who do you love, what do you do each day? We have some ideas below to help you create the vision for your ideal future.
So we’ve built a pretty picture of what you’d like your life to be, but how does that get you closer to making it happen? Good question. And that’s the really cool part.
Your brain doesn’t like discrepancies between what you visualize and what is your reality. Your mind wants to bring those two worlds closer together, and reconcile the differences. So by aggressively and persistently creating your new mental reality, your mind will actually open up to new possibilities that you may not have otherwise seen. You will see opportunities you didn’t see before, make choices that you may not have made before, and take chances that you would have backed away from, without this new alternate reality in your head.
It’s a well documented and studied phenomenon, and the science behind it is fascinating. For a great read into the process Jack Canfield’s Success Principles is a must read.
Ready to get started?
Here’s a list to get you going. But don’t stop here. Any part of your ideal future is fair game. Print out images and write key words and then compile them in a place you can refer to them at least once a day. You can put them in a frame, on a clipboard, glue them on a canvas or stick them up with magnets. Some people even like to keep them in a notebook or binder.
Imagine your home. The style, location, view, lighting, furnishings. Find images that match your mental image.
Design your relationships. Who is in your life? Is it a better relationship with someone you know now, or is it someone you have yet to meet? How do they treat you? What do you do together?
What fills your days? Are you retired? Running a fortune 500 company? Fundraising for a favorite cause? Having the time to be home with your children?
Goals - do you want to meet Oprah? Visit the moon? Clean up our oceans? No goal is too big. Visualize that goal being met. Put that picture of you and Oprah on your board. Imagine diving in the clean oceans after your solution has been used. Then add pictures of pristine dive sites. The more specific the goal the better.
Spend time with your vision board or book and visualize that ideal future at least once a day. Do it every morning and evening if you can. Even 5 minutes of focusing on the details will do.
And most importantly, don’t imagine your new reality as an “I wish” or “I hope”. It's critical that you walk through it in your mind, as though it is real and true and inevitable.
Imagining your reality into being? Can it get better than that? Yes, it actually can, because the side effect of these virtual visits to your future, is increased self esteem and positivity.
You read that right. Just by imagining your ideal reality, you will feel buoyed emotionally in your current reality.
The current reality is that 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for almost everyone you speak to. However the silver lining is that we have a clearer focus than ever before of what’s important to each of us.
Use that clarity to propel yourself into your new reality. It’s really that simple.