Imagine your best life.
What does it look like?
What would it take to get you there?
Is it realistic?
Having a clear vision of your life with unique goals framed around what you want to achieve, determines your ideal reality and allows you to map the steps to achieve it!
This framework can be modelled around your unique vision!
A life without a trail map or devoid of purpose can invoke feelings of aimlessly lost adrift in the abyss of ‘life’. We often get wrapped up in the busyness of life and lose track of our goals, leading to feelings of discontent and desire for something more. Searching…
Time to take back the reins!
Having a clear a vision of your ideal reality, a map with clear paths to traverse is motivating and inspiring. This Map will drive decisions and actions that bring you closer to your desired reality, bringing happiness and contentment. Importantly, happiness and contentment in life is directly tied into our gratitude and appreciation of all aspects of life.
If we are always chasing the next big thing, lifestyle or whatever ‘that’ is we can often overlook the beautiful things and moments in life, when appreciated bring joy and happiness through the attitude of gratitude.
** keeping a gratitude checklist to reflect on each day, note down all the things that happen for which you are grateful. Try to find at least 3 - 5 things each day. This will be especially helpful on those days when things don’t seem to be going the way you’d like. **
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
Whether you are a list person and prefer to create words on a page to cross off or tick as you complete each step or more of a visual type. A visual learner will draw a Map, linking steps or drawing pictures of what this ‘goal’ may look like.
Chose the format that will work for you and cover off the following;
Date started. This allows you reflect on your progress. If a long term goal, break this down into smaller goals that you will work towards to achieve the bigger picture. 3 months is a good target
Outline the goal clearly. What is it you wish to achieve? What does it look like? Draw it; write about it, how do you feel when you will have this? Create a mood board with pictures or write a story about the experience and how you felt when you achieved this.
What is required of YOU to achieve this? Nut out all the steps required, not matter how big and unfeasible they may seem.
What are the challenges or obstacles that you will need to overcome? Clearly define them, face them head on and articulate what they are then start to break them down.
Outline ideas how you may overcome these. Be creative with solutions however grandiose they may seem. Ask others and gain a different perspective of how you may overcome these.
.What strengths or resources do you have to draw upon? Outline your strengths! Write them down, pin them on fridge, and create a colour or picture that represents your strength.
Outline the actions you will take. When will you do them? Diarize them as a calendar meeting with yourself, hang a calendar and mark with a picture, colour or words with when you will do this action. Outlining the action steps will keep you accountable.
Reflect. Along the journey of change, we need to ensure that we reflect on how far we have come. This builds our confidence, self-efficacy and we are more likely to continue towards our goals particularly if we have met obstacles, which we will.
Conversely, reflection also allows us to revise the steps if they haven’t worked or find a different path, if the one you are traversing isn’t taking you closer to your goal!
Realign, refocus and go again!