Give your aspirations traction by creating a dream-to-reality journal. “Instead of focusing on short-term goals, start with the big picture,” says Jane Ehrman, MEd, a behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. “What do you want more of in your life? Vitality? A sense of purpose? Peace of mind?” For this exercise, you’ll need a journal, a pen, and about an hour to yourself. (And, yes, most everyone who “needs” you can wait an hour!)
- Write down the values and qualities that you want more of in your life. Circle the one that resonates the most.
- Imagine what your life will be like if you achieve this dream. How will you feel physically and emotionally? How will you relate to others? Try to connect emotionally to the new vision of your life.
- What do you have to change to make your dream a reality? Be specific.
- Choose one small step to begin. Make a specific, realistic plan for how you’ll do it, and then track your progress.
Once you successfully implement the first step, move on to another. If you’re having trouble, ask yourself what is getting in the way. Remember that “guilt and shame aren’t motivators; they’re de-motivators!” says Ehrman. “Make it all a learning experience.”
"Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don't give up." Rachel Corrie