Most people say they want to be living the dream.
But what does living the dream even mean?
To most people, it usually resembles something similar to:
- I want to quit the dreaded day job and follow my passions
- Or I want to be an author and write
- Or I want to start my own business
- Or I want to travel the world
The dream is essentially an end destination.
But what if we are missing the point?
Is it just the destination we should be focusing on?
Or should we be paying more attention to the journey we need to take to get to the end destination?
As a Life Coach, I help my clients achieve their dreams and attain the success they want TODAY (want to know more about coaching with me? Contact me here).
And how do I do this?
I help them to identify where and how they can start living their dreams TODAY instead of some distant future event.
The dream doesn’t have to be a distant destination in the future. You can start to live the dream today.
You can start to live the dream today if you choose to do so.
You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect. You don’t have to wait for everything to fall into place at the same time.
I mean you wouldn’t start a road trip based on all the traffic lights turning green all at the same time would you? Otherwise, you would be waiting at the starting line forever (and this is exactly what some people do with their lives; standing on the sidelines waiting and waiting and …..well you get the point).
The same applies to the dreams you have. The life you want to live is a journey you need to embark upon. And like every journey, it all starts with the first step.
Let me show you how.
You want to be a writer and write a novel?
Then stop waiting for 6 months to miraculously clear in your diary. Instead, start writing just 300 words a day.
At the end of the year, you will have enough words for a full-length novel (or at least a draft of it!).
Want to travel the world?
Then stop waiting for retirement or saving your travels for your allotted holiday allowance you get from the day job and start taking short mini travels on a weekly basis. Here are some ideas:
- Take a train trip out to a random town outside the city.
- Take a city break by flying out Friday after work and come back Sunday evening.
- Take a coach trip or a boat trip during the weekend. You have 52 weekends. That is 52 potential short travel breaks you can experience.
- Use your lunch breaks to explore the local area (local museums, parks, gardens, cafes)
- Become a traveller in your city and visit towns you have not been to before
The point is to get out there and start incorporating travel into your life TODAY, experience new things and see new things TODAY.
Want to start your own business?
- Use your evenings and other ”dead-time” to start experimenting with ideas.
- Sign up to that pottery or sewing class and learn a new skill.
- Start to make a few sales, build your customer base one at a time over the course of a year.
- It is truly amazing what can be done when you practise something consistently over a period of time.
Here are a few of my own examples to show you how I started to build my dreams in the present instead of waiting for retirement or waiting for ‘some day’ to appear in my calendar (Note: it does NOT appear in the calendar. You have to MAKE IT HAPPEN TODAY):
- My upcoming book ‘Escape The Cubicle’ was written over 9 months during 30-minute lunch breaks whilst at the day job.
- I gained a coaching qualification whilst I was at the day job. I did this during the weekends and weekdays. I gained my first clients whilst I was working full time and coaching during the evenings.
- I studied and researched how to write a book how to market and publish during the 4-hour commutes on the train. I threw myself into learning about what it takes to be an author-entrepreneur.
- I spent my weekends going to workshops, writers groups, and creative writing courses to learn new skills I needed for my new career path.
My dream was to be a writer. And I achieve that dream every time I sit and write.
Bring a little bit of your dreams into your life today. And over time, it will become your life.
You don’t have to wait for the right conditions. You can start right here, right now.
How are you living your dream today?
What can you do today to take it one step closer to that dream? How do you bring your future dreams into the present?
Things don’t change completely overnight. We are not going for a big bang approach.
My upcoming book Escape The Cubicle shows you how to take safe and small steps to get maximum impact and results with little risk or fear.
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