I have been doing a lot of work with my goal setting and now since completing the imagination section of my workbook, I’m seeing how much the sections tie together. It’s exciting, but I find it intimidating too, I know I’ll have to use everything I have learned thus far to get to the places I imagine myself in the future. I have been a bit run down and unmotivated again lately but I know a lot of that comes from letting some of my new habits slide as well as some uncertainty in my life. Even just getting back to practicing gratitude daily, just writing down three things I’m grateful for once a day has a huge impact on my mindset. Another realization I have had is that I still need to lean into my support system more, with all the great people around me it’s ridiculous to try and do everything on my own and then be frustrated when I get lost.
One of the first things asked of me in this section was to imagine my ideal life in 5 years.
Here’s what I have so far:
- Making $100,000 per year
- Ton’s of freedom/flexibility, never missing out on family or friends because of work
- house with a yard
- steady job/jobs that I enjoy
- Two dogs
- home gym
- I’m in great shape with healthy and consistent routines
- love myself and feel pride in where I am and who I am
- Consistently eating time into my hobbies (dirtbikes/motorcycles, working out, guns, beer league, etc.)
- I’d like to be living in Cochrane or Canmore and working at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
Looking at what I wrote made me realize that I need to focus and set goals around discovering what path I might like to walk in order to get to that place, from firefighting, personal training, marketing, working at the Wolfdog Sanctuary, or who knows what else! I need to bite this off in small chunks and just chip away until I’m there. Staying positive and grateful is going to be a sizeable challenge but I know it’ll make the journey immensely more enjoyable and rewarding.
Another exercise in this section that helped settle me down and feel less stressed was answering these four questions:
- What is your dream? “To be free”
- What holds you back from pursuing your dream? “My fears and doubts”
- How can you grow the optimism and courage to make your dream become a reality? “Practice! Practice everything in this book consistently, practice positive self-talk and gratitude, envision my dream every day, and use those SMART goals!”
- What will your life look like when your dream is achieved? “Peaceful and bright, fulfilling and free”
The pictures in my head created by this little exercise lift a weight off my shoulders and provide extra motivation to get to that place I see so clearly in my mind. It’s little things like this I need to do a better job of remembering when things get hard. I have always had a great imagination and I used to let it guide me a lot more, time to get back to that.
Write you next week,