Summer’s drawing to a close and the ‘back to work’ feeling is setting in. Now’s the ideal time to reflect on what you want from life and who you want to be. Whether making a change you’ve dreamed about for years or refocusing your priorities at work and home, formulate a plan to make it happen.
- Reflect on your best year yet. Whether it was a year or 10 years ago, think about the best year of your life so far. What were you doing? Where did you live and who with? What made it so great? Recalling as much detail as possible will help you have many more best years ahead.
- Explore your ideal world. Top sportspeople use visualization to help them achieve their goals, and it’s just as valuable in everyday life. Take time to visualize your ‘ideal’ self, at your best in a year’s time. What do you look like? How do you feel? What’s your daily routine? How has your thinking changed? What’s your social life like? What are you doing work-wise? What’s changed in your finances, relationship, hobbies? Note down what ‘ideal’ looks and feels like in all areas of your life to draw out what you really want.
- Know what’s stopping you. Most of us need to make big changes to live our ideal lives, but feel that we ‘can’t’. In reality, you are the master of your destiny: change your internal monologue from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can but won’t’, and then figure out what’s stopping you.
- Refocus your priorities. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the ‘doing’ part of everyday life, getting distracted by things we don’t really want to do; out of habit, a sense of duty or, in some cases, laziness. Our dreams are put on the backburner. Overcome this cycle by making a conscious commitment to prioritizing your goal, and list what you’ll sacrifice in order to devote more time to it.
- Maintain momentum. Contemplating and planning a change are important; but eventually you have to take a deep breath and just do it. Accept that at first there’ll be a time of experimentation, when you’ll have to be ok with the unknown. Pace yourself, but keep going: eventually you’ll find a new routine.