If ever there were at time to take a long hard look at YOUR dreams and aspirations, it's in January. We all have a tendency to make New Year's resolutions, but this is something a little different. Looking ahead, waaaayyy ahead, like five years ahead, is not part of our normal thought process and yet is should be. I've been taking quite a bit of time to do just that. Asking myself the really tough questions. What do I want to be doing in five years? What do I want to do be doing? I'm not saying we need to sit down and make this plan and following it step by step and that's the way you get there. No, no. That may accidentally become too overwhelming, too scary. I know it would for me. What I do know is that we can't see what we can't see. It's that simple. We don't know what's in the future as we shouldn't. That would take all the fun away from this journey we call LIFE. Instead, dream a little. Well, dream BIG. Ask yourself the following questions, and see where they take you:
First, I want you to sit down and take a deep, cleansing breath. Do that two more times. Three breaths is all you need to clear the cobwebs of whatever you were thinking about and get in the moment. Now, take a gander:
If I gave myself permission to enjoy everything this life had to offer, what would I be enjoying?
If I knew if I would be safe... Emotionally, physically, and financially, where do I see myself in five years.
As I'm dreaming BIG for myself, what else do I see as I'm living my best life? Where am I? Who's around me?
Get as detailed as you can. Describe your best day - really! Write it down. Add to it. Be truly honest with yourself. You can write that you want to lay on the beach and drink margaritas all day, but that's not what you REALLY want to do. That just means you need a vacation. Maybe more vacations are in your future. Write down how many you want to be able to take once you're living your best life. Maybe you want to work 4 days a week instead of 6. Write it down. Maybe you want a specific income level. Write it down. Maybe you want something different in your relationships - write it down.
At this point, you should have a pretty amazing BEST day written out. Ask yourself one more question. When do I want to begin moving toward this?