“You will never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be” –Dexter Yager.
Great quote. Once I read it, all I could say was ‘yup’.
I spent so much time moaning and groaning that I wanted to make a change in my life for so long and that’s where it ended. I decided to open up my mind a little and imagine what my life could be like. There’s no way that I was going to be destined to feel as if I were a failure because of bad judgement or stupidass decisions.
I’ve been reading “Imagine Big” by Terri Savelle Foy. I really like her exercise for starting your new life. Live as if you already have everything you want, write down 20 things that you want to do, be or have. I’ve only gotten that far in the book 🙂
Last night, I decided to write down my 20 things…it turned into 30 and, even then, I thought of a couple more as I was on my drive home. It’s funny, I started out very brief, ‘I want to pay my bills’ and at the end I had such detailed descriptions of what I wanted. It was very liberating to write all of this stuff down and, as I looked back on it this morning, I saw that if I changed the order a little bit, that I could see a road map for my life.
For so long, I could not visualize past my own four walls. I was existing and letting life happen to me – well, regular readers of this blog know what a straight-up disaster that turned out to be. I’m grateful that I have been able to get back into the driver seat of my life.
You become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. –Dr. Gail Matthews, Dominican University
Writing goals down is so powerful. Thinking about them can overwhelm and sometimes leave you stuck. Writing starts the ball rolling, opens up your brain, and moves you into action by setting goals. I journal a LOT and, from time to time, I go and read past entries, and I’m always stunned when some of these goals actually happen! It’s like I write down what I want or need and GodJesusVirgenOfG and the universe conspire to help me fulfill these dreams.
Try it. For the next 7 days, find a journal, laptop, piece of paper, and write down your goals/dreams in 4 key areas of your life:
- Health & relationships
- Love & relationships
- Time & money freedom
Remember to think as big and bold as you like, write down what you would love to happen, not what you think you can have or what seems possible now, open your imagination, no matter how crazy it sounds.
Things may not change right away but the one thing that WILL change is you. You will have a clear set of goals and dreams and you begin to have a stake in your own future, you start being aware of opportunities in front of you, your focus starts to get more serious than just randomly thinking about what you want.
I noticed the difference RIGHT away, so many opportunities for me to think about that it’s almost overwhelming. I know that I will not be able to do everything and that it will be hard to let some things go but where, only a few short months ago, I was hopelessly stuck in ‘whys’ and ‘what ifs’ and ‘I can’ts’, it is great to know that there is life after sadness and that it’s up to me to do my part to make it happen.
I just wrote down my goals last night so it’s too soon to share them with anyone but it will be fun to look back at my journal and see that I have finished what I started!