In a post at the beginning of the year I declared I was going to sell my house in 2013. I’m still on board for that because I’m ready for a change. My work is part-time and mobile now, which means I can live wherever I choose. I’m free to build a new life, to go anywhere, do anything, become my happiest, best person.
That sounds so easy, doesn’t it? What pops into mind for you? Maybe you’re thinking about that perfect house, or a different city, a bigger paycheck. The right man, the right woman, the right job, the right book contract? More stuff, more love, more appreciation? Perhaps you’ve figured it out, but believe your dreams would be impossible to reach. Maybe you are on your path but you’re faltering, questioning your choices. It happens to all of us.
I’ve learned an interesting lesson these past weeks: One of life’s biggest challenges can be drilling down to discover the truth of our truest, deepest desires.
I think we know deep inside ourselves when we’re not living our dreams. And more money – more anything – only satisfies an inner longing for a short time. What’s really lacking is something that will feed our soul for this day and the next, and the next. For some – like myself this year – the message is clear. I’ve decided to change up my life as I know it.
I hope to find and incorporate the missing piece: passion.
It’s never too late to choose another road. The same goes for you: Wherever you are in your life, whatever crossroads you’re facing, you can strike out on a different path. Often the most difficult choice we face is figuring out if indeed we have an unfulfilled dream, or even which dream to go after.
The time has come!
Let’s be kids again. I’m going to open my book of fairy tales and consider this: What is the most fun adventure I can envision for myself? What is it I can say “yes!” to that would create a bigger life for me than I could have imagined? Would that be moving to a new town, starting a new business or a new career? A trio of my own books prominently displayed in store windows across the nation? Yeah, baby. My book dream still stands.
The real question is whether or not I have the gumption to transform my life. Well, the time has come to open the door and invite the possibility in. My first task is to decide exactly what my heart desires.
Come along with me on this journey – on paper, anyway! Are you also on a mission to discover how to make your passion come true? If you’re holding out for an epiphany or divine intervention to provide guidance about what you’re supposed to “do,” stop waiting. Start dreaming. Here’s what I challenge you to do first: Begin to imagine your perfect life, your perfect day. What would you be doing? Who would you be with? What would your workday look like?
If we don’t have a clear picture in mind of what we really, really want to be doing in the future, it’s almost impossible to get there. Like me, you may continue to struggle because you haven’t taken time to get in touch with your deepest desires, much less how you can plant the seeds now to build a future around the things that make you leap out of bed in the morning.
In the words of William Wordsworth, “To begin, begin.”
Writing prompt and challenge: Describe your perfect day and life
So here’s what I’m doing now to start this process, and you can join me: Write down the story of your perfect day, as you mentally walk through it. Are you living your dreams? Write about how you made that happen and how grateful you are. Are you almost there? Write about that. Are you light years away? So be it, write down what your heart tells you you’d love to be doing, if you were living your perfect life.
Begin at the beginning: What do you see when you open your eyes first thing in the morning? What does your room look like? What does your bed feel like? Where are the windows; is the sun streaming through? What time is it when you wake up? How do you feel? How does the morning progress? Do you leave the house or work from home? What kind of work do you do? Are you alone or with others?
When I’ve described in detail my perfect day, I’ll expand on this snapshot by writing about all aspects of my ideal life – the friends who surround and support me, my bank account, job, cars, vacations … well, you get the picture.
My goal with this exercise is to get clear. I’m not suggesting that my perfect life will fall into place because I wrote about it. But once I have the image in my mind, I can choose to take steps to make it real.
If you accept this challenge and write the vision of your perfect day or life AND post the results on your blog, link to this page. My website will ping me and I’ll retrieve the link to your post and add it here for others to read and be inspired by.
If you’d rather leave a comment and share a bit about your dreams, we can’t wait to read all about it!
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