I love the big picture!
I love to dream about how my life is going to look. I love to bask in idealism and spend lots of time Feeling what it is going to be like when my goals are achieved.
When it comes time to create an actionable plan though…. I tend to get bogged down, frustrated and overwhelmed. My ego likes to come up with excuses like, “I don’t know what to do” or “I’m not good at planning out the minute details”.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of value in being able to feel out your goals and imagine that they have already been achieved, and since I know that this is my strong suit, I decided to try to use it to my advantage.
Here are the steps I took yesterday to really create smaller, manageable action steps to achieve my goals. I got a lot of good ideas out of it and it definitely put me in a place where organizing those action steps seems much more manageable. I think it is worth giving a try and let me know what you think.
Step 1: Paint the picture:
The first thing I did when I sat down intending to create a plan of action for the next 90days was to paint the full picture of my goal. I wrote out a bullet list of all my goals and then free-wrote about how they all fit together and what my life looks like once they have all been achieved. I wrote about WHY I wanted to achieve these goals, what my average day looked like, what I felt like, who I hung out with, how I organized my time, the self-care I treated myself to, all the details I could think of.
Step 2: Future Self:
Next, I imagined as many details about my future self (the one that successfully achieved all these goals). I wrote about what she believed and prioritized, how she acted, what her feelings about life were, about what her new goals were. I created her and felt her vividly in my mind. It felt so amazing to be her.
Step 3: Channel that Future Self:
Once I was sure about how it felt to be my future self, I asked her for her help. She already knew how to achieve my goals and so surely, she would know what actions steps I needed to take to get there.
I created three columns, one for each of the next three months and I allowed my future self to brainstorm the major steps I needed to take in each month. I got a lot of great ideas, I also got one really cool piece of advice that I wasn’t expecting.
I was all set up to receive specific action steps and details and, though I did get a lot of those, the biggest thing I received was,
”You need to focus on Being your ideal self, more than Doing the ideal things. You also need to start asking this question every day, “How can I be in more JOY?””.
This lead to a whole deeper exploration of all the things I needed to release to be in more joy and all the beliefs that I needed to allow to come in and fill their place. This is partially because I am in a phase of releasing and healing right now, so I don’t expect that everyone who tries this technique will have this outcome, but it was extremely healing and helpful and felt amazing.
I think that I will definitely use this simple technique more often and believe it has real potential. I got a lot of great ideas yesterday despite the fact that honestly, I was not as focused yesterday on action steps and organization as I could have been (because I was constantly distracted and probably needed the emotional healing more than the action steps that day).
Now that I’ve tried it out, I believe I could also use this to plan out each day or each week as I go to get into the finer details.
So yes, worth a try and I will be continuing to use it as often as possible, especially now I know what it feels like to channel this version of my future self. Do keep in mind, that as your goals and priorities shift, your future self may shift as well, so it might not be a bad idea to get to know her again each time you do it!
No Video this week, technical difficulties to the MAX for whatever reason, so I will try to a video with the next blog.
Let me know what you think. Try it out and make sure to comment below about your experience or about questions you may have.
Sending love as always,