This week I want you to make a simple shift in the way you think about your life. Instead of focusing the majority of your thoughts on your past or current situation, I want you to start spending more time thinking about the life you truly want.
Regardless of whether you are currently content with your life, or frustrated and miserable, focusing on where you are will do nothing more than ensure that you stay there. Even if you feel like you have a pretty good life, I'm sure there are some things you'd like to see improve. Otherwise, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now.
So what is it about your life that you would like to change? What needs to improve? What would your life look like if you could wave a magic wand and create the ideal life? That's going to be your focus for this week.
You've heard me say before that you should spend more time looking forward than looking back. Stephen Covey, in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," states that we should Begin With the End in Mind (Habit #2).
So where should you begin? I want you to get out a sheet of paper and start writing out your description of a Full Life. Not what your life looks like now. Not all of things going wrong, but the way you want it to be. How do you want your life to look in the future? This exercise alone will get you into the mindset of beginning with the end in mind.
You might not be able to complete this exercise in one sitting. That's ok. The important thing is that you get started designing the life of your dreams. I want this design to be your focus this week. If you need to block out time to work on it, do it.
Start by dreaming a little. Ask yourself some important questions like:
How would I spend my time if money was not an obstacle?
What do I want the people in my life to say about me at my funeral?
What does a Full Life mean to me?
Why am I here?
How can I best make an impact on the world?
These are deep questions, I know. And they take some time to answer truthfully, especially if you've never taken the time to think about them before. This week, take the time. Start right now. Stop reading and grab something to write on. I'll wait.
At the top of the page, write "My Full Life" and then start writing out your definition. Let your mind wander and don't edit yourself or think too much about whether or not it's realistic at this point. Remember, we're trying to paint a picture of what you truly want out of life, not make a determination of whether or not it's currently feasible.
Keep writing until you have a blueprint for the life you would like to live. Include the people you want in your life, the things you would like to have, and the way you want to spend your time. Nothing is off limits.
Once you reach a point where you feel like you've got a good description of your ideal life, begin focusing on it immediately. Read what you have written at least once a day, either as soon as you get up or before going to bed. Anytime you catch yourself focusing on the way your life is now, stop and focus on what you want it to be instead.
If you need to, carry it around with you and pull it out during the day. Anytime you need to remind yourself of where you're going, read it. It should be a statement that lifts you up, so use it when you need it. Learn to stop negative thinking and turn it around.
This may sound simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy. If you tend to dwell on what's going wrong in your life, you're going to find it difficult at first to shift your thinking. It's easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day "have tos" that we can't see the forest for the trees.
The purpose of this exercise is to get you to stop focusing on what's wrong, or what you don't have and start focusing on what you want. The law of attraction says that the Universe will return what you put out there. Your thoughts become your reality.
So this week, start steering your thoughts toward where you want to go and see how quickly your attitude and mood changes. Let go of the past and stop dwelling on where you are. Start focusing on where you want to be. Being hopeful is always better than being miserable.
Give that a try this week and let me know how it goes. And don't be afraid to make changes as you go. It's your design and you can add to it or change it as often as necessary. But don't write something out and stick it in a drawer. It won't do you any good unless you use it.
Think about where you want to be and what kind of impact you want to make, so you can design and live a full life.
Thanks for reading, now go make an impact!
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