What is your dream for the life you want to live? Is your dream to have a career that you love where you can experience real passion and a sense of purpose while earning as much money as you could ever need? Or is it to start your own business, have the freedom to control your own time, do what you love and experience financial freedom?
Whatever your dream is, you can start today to bring that dream into reality and in this article I’ll let you know just how you can do this.
The Two Things You Need To Do
To start bringing your dream into reality you need to do two simple things. If you do the first correctly and the second consistently, then you will see your life start to change. The first thing you need to do is to create a vision of the life that you want to live, and the second is to remind yourself of it every day. That’s it! However, HOW you carry out these steps is very important and can make the difference between success and failure, so in the rest of this article I will explain how.
Step One – Create Your Vision
To create your vision, write a page or so (on paper or using your computer) describing your vision of the life of your dreams – the life that you would love to live. How do you do this? Imagine that you are now living in the future at a time when you are already living the life of your dreams and you are writing a letter to a close friend who you have not been in contact with since you started on this journey. This is a friend who you trust completely and so you will be completely honest and you won’t be holding back in any way. In this letter you are describing to them what your life is like today, and how amazing you feel to be living the life of your dreams.
Here are some important points to consider as you write your letter:
Use the Present Tense
As you are stepping into the future and imagining that you are living your dream life right now, the letter will be written in the present tense.
You want to do your best to convey how amazingly happy you are about the life you are living, so use as many powerful emotional words as you can. Don’t hold back! The more emotional you can make your letter, the better.
Make sure to include how grateful and thankful you feel that you are now living the life of your dreams – gratitude is an incredibly powerful force for bringing what you want into reality.
Include as many specifics in your letter as possible. What are the details of your dream life? What do you do on a typical day? How do you feel about what you are doing? Give some examples of amazing things that have happened recently. Include details for all the areas of your life that are relevant – of course if the main changes you want to make are in your career, then focus on that, but don’t leave out your relationships, finances or anything else that is important to you as life is a sum of all of these important parts.
You might ask – “how can I put in specific details if I don’t know what the details are right now?” That’s a completely normal question, and the answer is: make them up! Just guess and write something that you would like to happen. You can always change the details later, but by including details you are forcing your creative mind to think of what it is that you really want for your life.
How Do I Know If I’ve Done It Right?
So how do you know if you’ve written it correctly? Use your emotions as a guide. If you don’t feel amazing as you are reading your letter and imagining that your are living your dream right now, then something is wrong. Either you don’t really want what you have written about, or you are really focusing on the fact that you don’t yet have all of those things and you don’t know how you can get them.
The most important result of writing this letter is that you feel amazing when you read through it and imagine that right now you are living the life you describe in your letter.
I’ll give you a quick example of how a letter like this can start, so that you can get a better idea of what it should look like.
“I am so happy to be writing to you today with amazing news of what’s going on in my life at the moment.
“The last time I spoke to you I told you about my vision for what I really want from my career, and now I’m so grateful to be able to tell you that I am now living my dream!
“I wake up every morning inspired to jump out of bed and start the day. I love starting my day by running outside by the river and then having a nutritious smoothie for breakfast. I now have a career that I love where I get to…”
Step Two – Remind Yourself Every Day
Once you have written a vision that you get passionate and excited about every time you read it, first of all congratulate yourself! Creating a clear and exciting vision of your ideal life is a fantastic first step to bringing your vision into reality. However, having that vision sit in a drawer or in an unopened file on your computer is not going to help anyone create the live of their dreams.
It’s essential that you establish a habit of reminding yourself of your vision each and every day. It doesn’t need to take long – even 5 or 10 minutes per day is better than nothing – and I suggest you start small with a realistic target for yourself. There are many different ways of reminding you of your vision – here are a few ideas.
This is a pretty easy way to start – simply spend 15 minutes each morning when you wake up visualising your ideal vision in your mind. You can also repeat this process each evening before going to sleep. You can try sitting up in bed when doing this if you find that you nod off during the process. Again, like when you wrote your letter, get as specific as you can and imagine yourself living your ideal life, using the contents of your letter as a guide. But don’t let that limit you. As time goes on you may adjust parts of your vision and add new parts – this exploring process is an exciting way to get clearer about what you really want and as parts of your vision start becoming a reality (and they will) then you will gain more experience about what you really want for your life. Another important point is that in your vision, you need to be looking out through your own eyes rather than looking from outside and seeing yourself in the vision – by being inside your body while you are visualising, the experience will be much more powerful.
Another method for reminding yourself of your vision can be to sit for 15 minutes per day and read through your vision a few times, really feeling as if you are living your visionary reality right now. You can also spend some time writing different versions of your vision or expanding upon your vision if you like to write.
Something that I’ve found really helpful is to record yourself reading your vision, save it as an MP3 and download it onto your MP3 player to listen to every morning and evening or while exercising. If you are technically minded, you could even add a backing track of your favourite inspirational music. If this is something you’d like to try taking on, then I’d be happy to create some instructions on how to do this. The important thing here is that while recording yourself reading through your vision that you really get into it and feel as if you are living that life right now – then this will really positively affect your daily listening experience.
Establishing a daily habit like one of these can be challenging at first, and it’s inevitable that you may miss a day here and �there – but the main thing is to not beat yourself up and to just start again the next day once you realise you have let it slip. If you can keep it up every day for a month, then you will have established possibly one of the most beneficial habits possible.
How Do I Know If I’m Doing It Right?
The most important result to aim for when reminding yourself of your vision is to feel as strongly as possible the feelings that you would feel if you were living your dream right now. The purpose is to maximise the time when you are feeling amazingly good and in a state of positive expectancy that it’s only a matter of time before your vision becomes a reality.
I’m not trying to imply that this process will bring your dream into reality without actually doing any work! By getting into this positive frame of mind every day, you will find yourself naturally identifying new opportunities and the next actions that you need to take to start bringing your dream into reality and finding it easier to take consistent action. Without daily positive reinforcement of what is most important to you, it’s easy to stray off track and let old habits take over.
How Does It Work?
How it works depends on what you believe. If you believe in the law of attraction, then by focusing on what you want and feeling as if you have it right now will start to manifest it in your reality. However if you don’t believe in the law of attraction, this doesn’t mean this method will not work. Your brain is a powerful goal achievement tool, and simply by feeding it consistent positive images of what you want to show up in your life, you will start to notice new opportunities and to take the action necessary to bring your dreams into reality.
How Long Will It Take?
How long it will take for your dream to become a reality? Well, I can’t tell you that. All I can tell you is that the more consistently and persistently you can focus on your ideal vision of the life that you want to live, and really feel how you would feel if you were experiencing it right now, the faster that it will come into existence.
So start today by creating your vision and decide on what method you will use to remind yourself of it every day!
Jonathan Dudley helps young professionals who feel trapped or at a dead end in their career, to find a career that they really love, where they can experience real passion and a deep sense of purpose.
You can find out more about how Jonathan can help you find the career of your dreams at http://www.purposefulcareercoaching.com where you can get a copy of his special report “10 Ways to Take Back Control of your Workday”.