Do you have 15 minutes to change your life? Then I have a stimulating and thought-provoking exercise for you. Before you read any further, put the paper down, grab a pencil, and a notepad. Get into a comfortable position in your favorite chair, at your desk, or on the couch.
Now you may be a person who makes lists for all that you need to accomplish in a day. This exercise follows that same format. Instead of a list for the day, think about goals that you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. The exciting part of this exercise is to brainstorm or list all sorts of ideas that lay dormant or semi-dormant inside of you. From time to time, they tug at your heart with a loud and clear “LET ME OUT”.
I am talking about goals that you would like to accomplish? Do you have great ideas floating around in your head? Do you wish you had the time, money, or energy to implement them? This exercise entails writing them down so you can officially own them by acknowledging them on paper. (Writing them down starts the process.) As simple as it sounds, it’s the beginning of great things if you take it seriously.
People put their goals on the back burner because of lack of time, or because they don’t know they own the power to make them happen. It is time to change that and here’s the formula:
List the different areas of your life: physical, social, work, spiritual, health, family etc.
Now write down full sentences or statements declaring your goal.
I want to lose 70 lbs. I want to exercise daily. I want to work on an AIDS project. I want to visit all seven continents. I want to sing in public. I would like to sing on television. I want to have all of my financial needs met. I want to read about my faith daily. I want to reach out to my community. I want to send my daughter to college. I want to have three family meals at home per week.
You get the idea…remember not to let lack of finances, time or energy stop you from listing them. I encourage clients to write at least 100 of them to stretch their creativity!
This may sound quite overwhelming, but it really isn’t if you break it down into different categories. If you get stuck then think back to your past and pull up all of the old dreams that you wished for as a child or teen.
After you write them down, put them somewhere you can see them. Pick one or two that tug most at your heart, and ask yourself realistically how you can fit more of these into your life. It may need to start small, but it certainly can build upon itself.
Think back to the goal of the woman who wanted to sing on TV. Well she was a client who followed this formula and decided to start small so she started singing solos at her church and before she knew it, she was making money singing at weddings. She got great satisfaction from singing publicly. When you start out small, you can build on the synergy that occurs when you and your goals are in sync.
You need to let other people know what your true intention is and when you’re congruent with your aspirations, the world will work with you. Be clear and focused, because the sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your dreams.