Do you have a vision of your ideal life? Maybe you want to change your job or start working for yourself? It could be that you want to move home or move countries? You may have decided you need a quieter, calmer lifestyle? How about you personally? Do you have a desire to change your behaviour or habits in some way? Want to become more confident or outgoing?

Figuring out the steps we need to take, can be difficult

We all want to achieve certain things or become a certain type of person, but it isn’t always easy figuring out the steps we need to take, in order to make it happen. We can easily get caught up in looking at why we don’t have what we want – blaming our circumstances, finances, those around us and even ourselves.

And this is often as a direct result of looking at it from the wrong angle.

You need to change perspective

If we look at what we want from our current perspective, we can’t easily imagine what’s needed to get our desired end result. It’s far easier to look at it from a perspective of already having it – as we can then get past our current mindset and onto the mindset of someone who has already achieved it and knows what was needed to get there.

If you can see yourself at your desired end result, you can get out of your own way and see what you need to do, in order to achieve it – and that’s what this exercise is all about.

[ctt template=”2″ link=”NuA3h” via=”yes” ]To get past your current mindset, look at goals as if you already have them – then work back through the steps you need, to get there.[/ctt]

How to get out of your own way and make it happen

For this exercise you’ll need a pen, paper and a quiet space.

Sit down somewhere quiet, for at least 5 minutes.

  1. Imagine your ideal life or how you would be in an ideal world. What does it look like? What are you doing? How does your day pan out? Where are you living or working? Who’s around you? What support do you have?
  2. Now imagine the future you and either step into that person or sit down next to them. What thoughts are going through your head? How are you feeling? What are you grateful for? What are you wearing? How are you acting? How about your body language? What emotions are inside you?
  3. I want you to recall what steps you took, to get where you are. This can be easier, if you either look back at your life and remember those steps, or sit down and recall it to the younger you sat next to you (or a relative or news reporter, if it’s easier). What did you need to do? What did you stop doing? Who did you have to be – what mannerisms and character traits did you have to nurture? Who did you admire and emulate? What actions and behaviours did you focus on? What steps did you take?

How did you get on with today’s exercise? Did you find your answers came easier or faster? Why not share your experiences in the comments box below!