I’m all for dreaming big and starting the new year with intention and soul, but when it comes down to it — it’s what we actually DO that matters, right?
Anyone can dream and come up with crazy ideas for what they want to do in their life, but there’s a big difference between thinking about it, and actually DOING it. Do you wanna be a thinker or a doer?
Taking action towards the stuff you want is scary, and most of the time if it’s something really worth doing — it won’t be easy. It will test you and push you in ways you didn’t see coming. But this is where the good shit goes down.
It’s through those tough times that you find out how bad you really want it, and what you’re willing to give up to get to where you wanna go.
One of my favourite exercises for getting a clear picture of what I want in my life is the ideal day exercise. You’ve probably seen it around before — a lot of coaches use it. The basic idea is that you dream up your perfect day — from dawn till dusk. You plan out as much of it as you can. And then, you start taking different areas from that ‘dream day’ and working them into your life TODAY.
For example, let’s say your ideal day involves you going for a hike in the mountains, but right now you don’t have a lot of experience and might need to up your fitness game a bit before tackling some of the big mountains where you live. Where to begin? You could set a goal for yourself to buy some hiking boots and start hitting up some smaller hikes — at least once a week for the next 3 months (or however long you want).
The key here is to take parts of your idealized “perfect day” and work them into your life NOW. Today. Taking these small, intentional steps go a long way towards making your ideal day a reality.
And let’s be real for a minute. There’s a very slim chance you’re going to dream up your ideal day, wake up the next day and BAM, find yourself living it. You have to actively take steps towards creating that day — right now.
Start where you are, with what you have. You might be a little wobbly and awkward, but keep going.
Know WHY you want your dream day, and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
You got this!
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