The Ideal Me!


“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” 

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

As I sit here listening to the recording of my webinar for my principal certification from Lamar University, I am thinking about how to create a happy life.  This is the life that I have always desired.

The first step to living the life you always wanted is to know what you want.

Here is my example for writing out what you want: In my life, I want to empower people to become the best version of themselves.  I want to do this through writing blogs, books, and training curriculum.  It is also my desire to use all the leadership, success, and personal development that I have learned in training.

The next thing I want to do is travel all around the world.  Where do I want to travel: Everywhere!  I want to travel to every city, state, country, and continent (well, where it is safe to travel).  This was something I wanted to do but never clarified the why.  As I write this out, I realize my reason.  I love to experience different cultures.  Even in the United States, culture is different from state to state, community to community.  It is exciting to partake in a variety of celebration, food, and family culture.

These are two dreams that seem so far away from me.  Now that I have written down these dreams, I have a clearer view of my self-ideal.  Writing them down helps to create a mental picture that you can use to motivate you anywhere and at any time.  Sometimes, when I am doing a mundane task and feel bored, I will look at the mental picture and remind myself that I am doing the task to reach my ideal.

My dreams for my life go on and on.  For right now, I am only sharing this little part of what I want to do.  Next week, I will take this small part and show you how to make it more visible to yourself.  Each week, I will show how I get closer and closer to becoming my ideal self and how you can use these techniques to do the same.

Now it’s your turn:

Sit down with pen and paper.  Ask yourself, “What would my life look like if I could do anything, go anywhere, or have anything I wanted?”

Start writing anything that comes to mind.  Don’t stop and ponder too long about what comes to mind; just write it down and continue for 5-10 minutes.  Some people don’t like to write, and it’s okay to do this in 5-minute increments.

Read over it and highlight or underline all the things that really ring true with you.  Sometimes, the first few things we write are superficial.  After a while, the picture of your self-ideal becomes more clear.

Due to time and space on this blog post, I have not written more detail.  I will share another blog with the vision of my ideal-self in more detail as I complete each step.  This is a journey I would like to take with you.

Are you ready?  Okay, let’s get started!

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” 

― Helen Keller

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