What I’ve found over the years is that most people, myself included, can’t articulate what their ideal life looks like. They can only give generic statements like “my dream is to be rich, travel the world and own my own business”. Those are great ideas, but not specific enough.
Recently, I met with two life coaches who both took me through similar exercises which helped me articulate my ideal life in greater detail. Now, I want to share that process with you.
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VISUALIZE Your Global Life
The art of visualization sounds strange and awkward, but it’s an extremely powerful tool. So what is it exactly? Visualization is the act of forming mental images or pictures. In the context of designing your global life, it means you imagine yourself living out your ideal, global life.
If you’ve never visualized your future before, begin by answering this question: What does your perfect life look like?
Don’t just give a generic answer to this question unless you want to live a generic life. For example, “I live in Europe” is a bad answer. Where exactly do you want to live in Europe (i.e., what country/city/neighborhood, in a house or an apartment, which floor, etc.)? Be specific.
If the question ‘what does your perfect life look like?’ is overwhelming to answer, use the following questions as starting points:
- Where do you live? – neighborhood, type of housing, decor, landscaping, etc.
- What is your job? – company, position/title, what does your office look like, etc.
- What is your family situation life? – marital status, children, proximity to parents, etc.
- What is your social life like? – family time vs. personal time, hobbies, activities, vacations, etc.
- What have you accomplished? – professional, academic, personal, etc.
- What do you do in your free time? – how much free time, what do you do, where do you do it, etc.
- What do you eat for breakfast? lunch? dinner?
- What do you own? – furniture, vehicles, clothes, electronics, real estate, etc.
This part of the exercise should take quite a bit of time. If someone told you that your visualization was guaranteed to come true, in how much detail would you describe it? Probably a lot. So take this activity seriously and spend 30 minutes to 1 hour doing it.
After you have visualized your dream life, take a moment to reflect on how you feel? When you visualize yourself living this new life, what do you look like? Are you happy? Healthy? Energized? Motivated? If you complete this exercise correctly, you should feel joy in your heart just thinking about your ideal global life!
(I actually got tears in my eyes just imagining how my life could be someday. This is really powerful stuff we’re talking about here folks!)
DOCUMENT Your Global Life
After visualizing your ideal, global life, it’s time to document it.
Some people choose to write their ideas down on paper (or laptop) and some choose to make vision boards to see their dream life in front of them. Choose your method, but either way, document it so you can revisit it in the future.
CREATE Your Global Life
Now that you’ve seen, felt and documented your global life, are you going to settle for what you already have or work hard to live your dream? If you’re ready to live your dream, follow the steps outlined below to begin making progress today!
First, identify the most important thing you must do in order to realize your ideal lifestyle. This thing is your top priority and should be your main focus in the near future. This may be getting further qualifications, learning a language, earning X amount of money, etc. Your goal is to pick the one thing that is critical to your success.
Next, think about obstacles and challenges that are preventing you from accomplishing your top priority. What are they and how can you eliminate them?
Now that you’re thinking about elimination, consider eliminating things you’re doing that aren’t productive. What are you spending time, energy and money on that isn’t helping you make progress? This is an extremely important list because you must eliminate these things from you life ASAP!
At the same time, it is equally important to identify what is working. So think about what you’re doing now that is helping you move closer to your dream life. Congratulate yourself for a job well done and continue these actions in the future.
Finally, and most important of all: what can you do in the next 5 minutes to work towards your top priority? It can be as simple as sending an e-mail, doing a Google keyword search or making a TO DO list. Whatever it is, make sure you do it now!