“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”
– Anthony Robbins
You’ve likely heard the rags to riches stories about people who had no money, no idea of how to make ends meet, were facing eviction, and had a family to feed. Yet they used that feeling of desperation to propel themselves to success.
There are also stories of people who were inspired to change their life as a result of seeing the lifestyle or dream career that someone else created.
If the world were to disappear tomorrow, can you honestly say you lived life exactly how you wanted to?
If you were given a second chance, would you change anything? Would you dream a different dream? Take more chances or less?
We each get to design our life. We can decide what we want to do, be, experience and how we want to contribute. We can also decide whether to create based on inspiration or desperation.
One way to do that is to imagine your ideal day. How would you start your day? Who would you be with? What would you be talking about? Where are you? What are you eating for breakfast?
What would you do and experience during the day? If you work, what do you do? How do you finance your lifestyle? Use all your senses. What do you see, hear, feel etc. etc.
Write it out…. in detail. When you read it over – how do you feel when you think about living that way?
Keep coming back to it and adding to it. Fine-tuning it.
You can even go further and write about your ideal week or year. How many vacations would you go on? Where would you go? What would you do? If you work, what do you do and how often do you work? etc
A word of caution. As you write down the details of your ideal day, your mind may try telling you why you can’t or shouldn’t. Just ignore it or thank it and continue. When you imagine your ideal day, have no limits or constraints.
Think this is a dumb idea? Think about it. People update their wardrobe, plan for a vacation, or redesign their living rooms all the time. How much time do we take to update or redesign our life plan or direction? Wait… you don’t have a life plan?! You’re not alone. Goals are one way of addressing this and the script, from above, is another.
The most important piece of all…. have fun while planning!