One of the biggest challenges of living the “life of your dreams” is allowing yourself to dream about what’s possible. If you don’t dream, how will you know what you really want?
Maybe you’ve never gotten past a vague dream, such as “I want to be a writer.” Or maybe you’re just stuck in a sense of hopelessness: “Oh, I’ll never be a writer anyway, so why bother.”
If this sounds like you, don’t worry! There’s an easy — and fun — solution!
Give yourself the space — and permission — to imagine your ideal day.
Allowing your mind the freedom to play for a few minutes will get your creative juices flowing. It’s also a way to test-drive your dreams prior to making a commitment.
The following exercise is adapted from Barbara Sher’s book Witchcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (now available online for free at Wishcraft.com).
Imagine Your Ideal Day
A piece of paper (or something else to write on)
20 minutes of quiet
In this exercise, you’re going to spend a few minutes getting to know your own dreams. Too often, we think about what’s not possible, and deny ourselves the pleasure of imagining what could be.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to write.
For the next 20 minutes, give yourself permission to imagine your perfect day, from beginning to end. Ask yourself questions like:
- How and where do you wake up?
- What do you do in the morning? In the afternoon?In the evening?
- How do you feel at different points of your day?
- Who (if anyone) are you with?
- What are you surrounded by?
- How do you end your day?
And any other details that come to you.
Don’t even worry about what’s “possible” or not. If you need to, just imagine you’ve already won the lottery. The idea is to unleash your creativity.
You can write just an outline, or a full narrative. If it takes you more than 20 minutes, that’s fine too.
You may even fall in love with creating your idea day.
(pauses while you go write)
Refine Your Vision
It’s only AFTER you’ve taken the time to create your vision of an ideal day, that you should take some time to analyze it.
Re-read your description. Ask yourself these questions:
- Which parts of your ideal day are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to your long-term happiness? Which feel more like icing on the cake?
Highlight the essential bits. These are what should receive the most of your time and attention. You may even want to re-write your description with just these elements.
- How much of your ideal day can you have RIGHT NOW by making a few changes in your schedule?
Often by just writing down your ideal day, you may realize that you already have some of the elements in your current lifestyle. (If so, hurray! Celebrate! You can do it, so let’s make more!)
Or you may realize that by tweaking your schedule or your environment, you can create more quickly. For example, using the example “I want to be a writer,” your ideal day may have included 2 or 3 hours in the morning to write without interruption. Perhaps you could set your alarm an hour earlier and start your writing practice now?
Each time you manifest a part of your dream, you will receive a psychic boost of confidence that can inspire you to manifest more of your dream.
- Which parts of your ideal day will take TIME AND PLANNING to manifest? Are they important enough to you to work hard to get them?
Naturally some parts of your ideal day may take some time and brainstorming to manifest.
Rather than thinking of them as stumbling blocks, these can become the seeds of inspiration. Each one is like a little puzzle. Figure out the steps, and you’ve won — the reward being exactly what you wanted.
I’ll cover this kind of planning in another post. Or, you can always set up an appointment with me, and I can help you get started!