Let’s take a few minutes and do some work. Grab a journal and a pencil and let’s do a little exercise.
1. The first step in transforming your life, of kicking your life up all the notches that you deserve, begins with visualizing exactly how it will feel when you are exercising your passions according to your priorities in accordance with your purpose. Describe how that will feel, what it will look like, who the people in your life will be, how you will balance your personal life and your work life. Savor it, make it real. Write it down.
Now double everything you hope to accomplish-just for starters.
2. Then start to write the recipe for your success. What are the ingredients? What are the tools, skills, knowledge, and relationships you will need to realize that utmost life? Don’t worry about money, age, or anything else that makes you discouraged. If the idea I can’t do this because leaps into your head, turn that idea around: I will be able to do this once I have. If it helps you, pretend that you are writing this for someone else. Or write a resume of who you will be when you’ve reached your goal. Try to think of someone who is doing or has done what you want to do, and try to find out how he or she got there.
3. Now look at each one of those steps toward your success and figure out how to make it part of your life. This is an exercise that will grow and develop along with your dream. If you come to something that you don’t know how to obtain, work on why you don’t know-again, do you need to learn a new skill, meet a new person, or save money? For each problem in your path, write down the solution.
Now you’re prepared. You have a goal, you know what you’re doing and why. You have that picture painted in your head about what your life is going to look like. Next you need the tools and skills to get you there. Where are your paintbrushes-what you are going to use to paint the landscape of your life? What are the techniques? What do you have to learn now so that you can transform your life?
You know what? You already have everything you need. Although you already have everything you need, you may not have used your abilities regularly and consistently. The two things that you need are motivation and persistence. You don’t need to be a genius. You don’t need to have a special talent. You don’t need to be able to bench-press four hundred pounds. But listen to this: if you use your motivation to persist in the pursuit of your dream, you can become a genius, you can develop special talents, and you can even bench-press four hundred pounds, if that’s what you really want to do. And if you’ve been working with me and with your notebook, you’ve already been using those tools and building up those skills.