Ever tell yourself that as soon as the kids leave home, you’ll start that one course you’ve been dying to take? Or when you have more money, you’ll start the business you’ve been dreaming of?
Well, that all sounds nice, but the risk here is that these dreams might stay just that way unless you start living the life you want… right now.
So here are 10 steps to help you live in the moment and fulfill your goals and aspirations, starting from today.
1. Start Now, Right Now
When you say, “I’ll do it tomorrow… later… next week,” what you really mean is that you’ll do it never!
You don’t have later, tomorrow or next week – you only have now. Deciding on something and then taking a small action right there at the moment breaks the barrier of going to start something later.
If you decide you want to become a business owner the first step would be to do some research. Read books, search the Internet and perhaps do some courses.
You can say you want something all you like, but until you do the work, it’s not going to happen!
2. Know What You Want and Set Goals
We often look at the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve and become overwhelmed and think, “Forget it! How will I do that?” At this point, procrastination may also kick in resulting in nothing getting done. So my advice is this:
Dream big. It doesn’t matter what it is. If you think it’s achievable, plan your first five steps towards it. If you think your dream isn’t realistically possible, perhaps focus on another of your other dreams that is.
The important this is that you begin to take steps to attain your dreams… immediately.
3. Write It Down
This technique really works.
By writing down your goals, you’ll gain:
- Focus and direction
- A guide to staying on track
- A visual glance at the bigger picture
4. Who Are You and What Are You About?
Set some quiet time to think about who you are. Are you living someone else’s life? For example, your parents, spouses or society’s?
Check in on your values by looking at what activities you like to do versus the things you are actually doing. Are they in line? Does what you want to achieve in life match with what you are currently working towards?
You might be surprised. So take some time to figure out who you are, and what you’re about.
5. Develop Courage & Take One Step at a Time
By taking one step at a time to accomplish what you want, you’ll gain the courage to keep going because the more fears you face, the more courage and confidence you’ll have over time.
6. The One Thing
What is the one thing that is the most important to you right now? How will it make a big impact on your life if you did it?
Do it! Take the first step – now!
Regardless of the magnificent things other people have done, realize that you too have it in you to do amazing things – and even better.
Consider what you love to do, and start to discover your gifts and talents, and then put your all into making these dreams happen!
8. Make a Decision and Follow It Through
Decision making can be difficult at the best of times. We worry that we will make the wrong choice (so never decide if we don’t have to), or we let others make our decisions for us.
If you want to have great things happen in your life you will have to begin making your own decisions, so you can grow, learn and achieve what you want. If you make the “wrong” choices, learn from the mistakes and keep going.
9. Be Grateful
Being grateful will lead you to become a happier person filled with joy. Being grateful involves more than just joy; it’s an emotion that will attract many good things and more opportunities and blessings into your life.
10. Do Your Best
In all you do, do your best. You don’t need to do more than your best. Your best is all it takes – regardless of what it is.
With this as your guide, have the confidence to move forward and begin living the type of amazing life you deserve right now.