So today’s post is going to be a nice and inspirational one! I hope my other posts are also inspirational to you guys, but this one hopefully will get your butts in gear if you haven’t already started creating your dream life!
I think a lot of people have an idea in their head of what they want their life to be like, but don’t actually think that they can achieve it. I think some people are also too caught up in how they think life should be that they haven’t even considered that they could have a lot more of what they want from life!
What I have learned in the past few years, is that if you can narrow down what you want in life to the few (but important) things that make you happy and just focus on them, you will be able to achieve them and you will be very happy. Maybe you can’t do or have it all, but you can certainly have the things that will really make your life wonderful.
So here are the steps you can take towards designing your dream life.
Step 1 – Figure out what you actually want from life.
Maybe you know this already, but maybe you don’t. A lot of us forget what we really want from life as different stresses and events come up in our lives and get on top of us. There are also a lot of things that we think we want in life (a big house, a nice car, the best clothes) that actually don’t contribute to our overall happiness.
What do you want to do and accomplish in life?
How do you want to feel?
Who do you want to surround yourself with?
What skills do you want to learn?
Do you want to design your dream life around your career?
Do you want to design your career around your life? (I chose this option – I have way too many non-career related things that I want to do)
Step 2 – Figure out what you don’t want in life
There are a lot of things that we face on a daily basis that do not bring us joy and often bring us stress, anger, and sadness. Yet for some reason, we still allow these things (or people) into our lives.
You should do some reflection to see if there are certain stresses, people, activities, or burdens that would be better off not in your life.
This can also go for things that you may enjoy right now, but may not serve you in the long run.
For me, this is alcohol. It’s super fun, but it makes me way less productive and I feel like crap the next day – so I’m trying to just cut it out of my life.
You should also ask yourself how much money or how many material possessions you really need in life. This can take a lot of stress off in your life, and like most people, you might be inclined to work your life away just for money.
When I decided that I didn’t need a ton of money in my life, I felt a huge weight lift off of me and I felt like my options for what I wanted to do completely freed up. If I didn’t need a crazy amount of money, I could pursue a career that I love and not something that could make me a lot of money (but stress me out too much).
Step 3 – Get rid of things that get in your way
This includes the stuff that you have identified in step 2.
It also includes beliefs and negative self-talk that are preventing you from having the life you want.
Deep down, a lot of people will believe that they are not worthy or that they don’t think they will be able to achieve what they want.
You can read more about limiting beliefs in my article here.
Some people think that the only people who achieve these great lives were lucky or “caught a break”. While sometimes that may be slightly true, for the most part these people just worked really hard and completely focused on what they wanted and abandoned the things that got in their way.
You should also think about the other ways that you might be getting in your own way. The biggest way I can think of is procrastination. This should be something that you try to avoid at all costs. You can read my article on my effective ways to beat procrastination here.
Step 4 – Create a plan
Create a big plan. Map out how you want your life to look. Then identify your major goals. Then, identify smaller and smaller subsets of those goals that you can do in the shorter term to help you reach those goals.
If you want some extra help planning that, you should sign up for my free Dream Life Goal Planner that helps you find your passions and help you plan SMART goals in a way that will help you to achieve them!
Step 5 – Take action now!!
There’s no time like the present. You don’t want these dreams to stay as distant dreams, you want to start making them a reality.
As you work on these dreams more and more, you will start to feel more motivated and you will begin to see that this awesome life is really within your grasp.
And another thing to remember is to create a life that you enjoy while working towards the life of your dreams.
I have found that as I solidified what my ideals were and how I wanted to feel in life, I currently am living my dream life even though I have not reached all of the goals that I have.
You want to enjoy the journey.
And if you want some extra help designing your dream life and making it a reality, you should check out my Dream Life Goal Planner. It has everything you need to inspire and jump start your process of creating a life that you truly love. It has journal prompts, goal mapping inspiration, and a SMART goals worksheet! You can sign up at the bottom of this page!