You must get clear on your dreams and goals if you want to live the life of your dreams. Knowing what you want is the first step to success.
So how can you find out what it is you really want?
“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” – Ben Stein
Logic only gets you from A to B.
Unfortunately, I’m a pretty logical, down-to-earth kind of person. Things need to make sense, and possible obstacles immediately pop up in my head, whether I want to or not.
Let your (positive) imagination run wild. Life will be so much more fun. At some point, you’ll need logic, but not right from the start.
Imagination allows us to come up with new ideas, new solutions and better ways to do things.
Don’t limit yourselves by thinking how (un)practical something is.
Imagine, dream big and figure out the details along the way!
If you get practical too soon, you’ll never unlock all the great ideas that are buried deep in your mind.
List your dreams and goals
This is the first step to success. One way to do this is to sit down with a nice cup of coffee and a pen and paper.
Imagine what your perfect life looks like a few years from now.
Get really specific and try to picture every aspect of your life
- free time
- where you live
Be as specific and as vivid as you can. And above all, don’t think about what’s reasonable or likely.
You can safely ignore common sense for now. We only want clarity.
This great exercise is about discovering the dreams and goals you really want.
Not what’s possible in your current situation.
Write it all down on your piece of paper
The more details you include, the easier it will be to develop a plan.
And define the steps necessary to achieve your goals and live your dreams.
For now, it doesn’t matter if your list is messy or if you prefer to sort it by categories right away.
Whatever works best for you.
Once you’re clear on your ideal life, you can write it down on a clean piece of paper, in a beautiful notebook or you can create a vision board / manifestation board.
Need help with this? You can download your first 4 pages of the Ninja Vision Workbook for FREE.
It gives you specific examples and makes defining the life you want easier, faster, and it looks pretty, too.
Make a vision board / manifestation board
To make a vision board, you simply look for inspiring pictures on the internet that represent the dreams and goals you want, like
- a loving family
- friends having a good time
- beautiful travel destinations
- delicious healthy food
- your dream home in your dream location
- a person doing the sport you like
- the wonderful car you love
- pictures representing your hobbies (like Art, photography, music…)
- your dream office
- your financial freedom
- if you’d love to be on stage, put in a stage with an audience…
Make sure your pictures feel exciting to you. You need to feel happy about them.
You can also add words, sentences and quotes that resonate with you.
Permission to go crazy on your dreams and goals
Don’t censor yourself. You want to create the life of your dreams.
This fun activity is not about being reasonable.
Truly choose images you love, love, love.
The goal is to look at your vision board 7 manifestation board several times a day to give you direction and keep you inspired.
“When you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up in a random place.”
Let’s make sure that you know where you’re going.
The right focus will give you the right ideas.
And it keeps your mind aware to potential opportunities you may miss otherwise.
Keep in mind though, that this is only helpful if the images make you feel good.
Your vision board / manifestation board is a beautiful reminder of what you’re working towards.
Would you like to see a vision board?
The full Ninja Vision Workbook includes a vision board example so you can easily create your own.
Follow people you admire
Next, think of people who inspire you.
Who seems to live your dream life? Who is your role model?
It’s important that you find them inspiring and not depressing.
If following them makes you feel bad about yourself, that’s not the way to go.
But if seeing them motivates you to work on your dreams and goals, that’s awesome.
Most successful people are on different Social Media channels where they share their life with you.
It’s so easy to find them that you may already be following them anyway.
The complete Ninja Vision Workbook includes a section where you can fill in your role models.
Make an action plan to get the life of your dreams
Following your role models and creating your vision board / manifestation board keep you focused on your goals.
This won’t magically make your vision come true.
They are a reminder that you need to act and think in a way that ensures your success.
So, you look at your vision board and picture this beautiful life you want.
What do you think you have to do to make it all become real?
This is not about some vague feeling.
It’s about figuring out the practical steps you need to take to make your dreams come true.
The first step to success is to be specific
Be as specific as possible. And it’s important that you start small.
You don’t need to plan your life all the way through.
Especially if your vision will takes years to achieve.
Your plan shouldn’t overwhelm you…
Instead, it’s about giving you doable steps that get the momentum going.
This will convince your brain that you’re an action taker.
Keep the life you want top of mind!
Thanks to your vision board / manifestation board, your list and the people you admire, additional ideas will pop up over time.
Make sure you write them down and act on them. You may be surprised by all the great solutions you’ll find.
Take action towards your dreams and goals
Once you have a plan of steps to create your fantastic future, it’s time to take action.
And you know the best part?
If you outlined your dreams and goals, created your inspiring vision board, and wrote down your action plan, you already took action!
So yay… you took the first step to success.
You already got momentum going and you’re excited about what’s coming next.
Now it’s time to follow through…
Use the specific steps you laid out in your plan.
That’s HOW you get to live your dreams in the future.
What is the first thing you need to do?
There are so many options. You can…
- take a class
- read helpful books and great blogs
- listen to podcasts
- talk to your boss about a promotion or additional tasks
- get a mentor
- start moving your body more
- add more vegetables to your meals
- create your Social Media account or blog
- go out to meet new people
- join a group
- travel more
- get up earlier for your morning routine…
To sum it up
- The first step to success is to get crystal clear on what you want exactly.
- Imagine all the aspects of your beautiful life in as much detail as possible
- Write down a clean list you read through every day. Or create a vision board to remind you where you’re going.
- Think of action steps to get closer to your goals. Plan the next few months. Add new ideas as they come up.
- Follow people you admire and who inspire you.
So what now?
Need help defining your dreams and goals?
Download your first 4 pages of the Ninja Vision Workbook for FREE by clicking on the button below.
It gives you specific examples and makes defining the life you want easier, faster.
The full version also includes an example of a vision board, as well as an example of a personal vision statement so you can create your own.
There’ll be no more “I’ll be happy when” syndrome.
Get proactive and start working on your dreams now.
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Bonus: Quotes about dreams and goals
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Why should you continue going after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn’t… will be priceless.” —Kevin Ngo
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
– John Barrymore
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
– Christopher Reeve
“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. – John Updike
“One can only be constantly envious of other people’s achievements through idleness, because true dreamers are too focused on their goals and dreams to be worrying about other people’s business.”
― Edmond Mbiaka
“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action”
“Dreams and wishes are not goals until they are written as specific end results on paper.” – Meir Liraz
“Daydreaming allows you to build a brand that will be consistent with your goals and dreams.” – Amy Dix
More great quotes about dreams and goals
Focus on your goals, not your fear. ― Roy Bennett
“It may take a few more attempts, or many attempts but success is only achieved once dreams are put into action, where failure becomes the launching pad for smarter choices, or better action plans in future endeavors.” – Byron Pulsifer
If you act on your goals like there is no alternative, you will command incredible results. ― Awolumate Samuel
“We must share our dreams with people who will see us working toward and accomplishing our goals. Be encouraged by people who say, “How about trying it this way?” ” – David DeNotaris
“Many times people back away from things they want to do, from the dreams they have nurtured, because they cannot envision a clear way to bring those goals to reality.” – Les Brown
The more confidence you have, the more motivation you also have to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams or personal goals. – Gabor Cadman
“Each sunrise gives hope to your dreams and light to your plans.” William Ngwako Maphoto
“It’s easy to dream because dreams are free but in order to actually live your dreams, you need to be able to set life and financial goals that will turn your dreams into your reality”. – Bola Onada Sokunbi
“People who don’t take action because they were too afraid never live a life where they’ve accomplished all of their dreams.” – Zane Rozzi
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