Many of us float through life without really paying attention to what it is that we want, where we’re heading and how we got to where we’re at. Do you ever wonder, “How did I get here”? That’s what happens when we’re not paying attention, we’re just going through the motions.
Well, it’s time to own your life and pay attention ladies and gentlemen! Live consciously! Peter Drucker says the best way to predict the future is to create it. If you don’t control your destiny, someone else will. Decide what it is in you want in life, what changes you want to make, what new things do you want to try, and what you want to stop or get rid of. Once you decide what it is you want you can make a road map to get there.
Do you leave for vacation without knowing where it is your going? Probably not, so why live life not know where you’re going?
Ask yourself these questions:
What makes you feel happy and joyful? (Activities, people, thoughts, smells, clothing, etc)
What inspires you?
What is in your life that is not contributing to your happiness?
What can you discontinue doing so you can live an inspiring life?
What is it that you really want to achieve, to be, to do in your life?
Once you decide what you want in your life, write it down. Write exactly what it is you want. Use your creative writing skills; make your English teacher proud! Write every little detail you can imagine, use every sense; what does it look like, sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like?
Now you know where you want to go and how you’ll feel when you get there, so now it’s time to create the road map. You need to figure out how you get from here to there. Write down your present state and what needs to change to get you to your desired state. Create the plan – what will it take, what steps do you need to take to get to your next chapter? Break these into small milestones and celebrate along the way.
Once you reach your desired state you’ll look back and wonder why you didn’t do that sooner. Enjoy the journey and your new chapter!