Ask yourself honestly this question – Are you in love with your life as it is right now?
Most of us can say that we love parts of our life – those parts we can’t wait to get involved in, and pour our time and creative energy into. Then there are other parts we don’t so much love, but just like, accept or tolerate.
Often we can find ourselves blindly hurtling down paths in various areas of our lives without much thought or planning or any particular aims. Without taking the time now and again to assess where we actually are in our lives, and whether or not we’re heading where we want to be heading, we can end up with that heart-sinking moment we when suddenly look in the mirror one day and ask – “How did my life end up HERE?”
If you’re not in love with your life right now (and very few of us are totally…), how would like it to be different? What would it take to for you completely and utterly fall in love with every part of your life?
Your life is a partner you’re going to be with for the rest of your days. Doesn’t it make sense to make that partner as lovable and as pleasurable to spend time with as you can?
Take some time to write, draw or otherwise create a picture of your life as it would be when you’re completely in love with every part of it, your vision of how you’d love your life to be.
One way to make this exercise more vivid and powerful is to write it in the present tense, as if you already have this life you love. Immerse yourself in it as deeply as possible, use all of your senses to describe your life.
Be honest and specific, you may want to divide it into different areas like Relationships, Work, Finances, Health and consider them each separately. Get into details and measurable aims.
For example don’t get drawn into vague statements like “I want to be a famous writer”. Instead state what kind of writer you are, what you’ve written, what you’ve published, where your work is published, how much you earn from it, who reads it and where and how you create.
We all have the choice to live as we wish. Every day is made up of a series of tiny choices, and the occasional bigger one.
And we all have imaginative and resourceful minds capable of being highly creative and then putting that creativity into practical action.
So start small, choose just one thing today, one part of your life you’re not in love with. Then use your abundant creativity to start coming up with all the possible the things you could do to get closer to where you want to be in this part of your life.
Don’t censor or restrain your imagination, just write freely all the different things you COULD do, however viable they seem at this time.
Once you’ve got a long list, ask yourself – “And what ELSE could I do?”. Ask this question again and again until you’ve completely exhausted all your ideas.
Then, from your list, pick three options that appeal to you most, and write down the first step you need to take for each and a date and time when you’re going to put it into action. Then do it!
Review your progress regularly and then work on a different area, each time aiming to fall more in love with your life. Remember once again, your life is the partner you’re going to be with for the rest of your days. It’ll benefit you greatly to make it as loving, and as lovable, as you possibly can.
© Copyright 2006 Dan Goodwin.
Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin is the author of “Create Create!”, a FREE twice monthly ezine for people who want simple and powerful articles, tips and exercises to help them unleash their creative talents. Sign up right now and get your FREE “Explode Your Creativity!” Action Workbook, at http://www.CoachCreative.com