If you’ve been looking for a handful of answers to help you begin living the life of your dreams – the kind of life that you know you are destined to lead – and you have certainly come to the right place. While nowhere near a comprehensive list of everything and anything you need to take care of in an effort to lead a better lifestyle, these tips and tricks will certainly help you get the ball rolling.
Focus on SMART goals
The first part of creating the life of your dreams is actually understanding exactly what you want to accomplish in the first place. The creation of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) goals differs dramatically from just creating a handful of wishes and dreams – things that you’ll never actually accomplish because you have an outline the specific path to achieving them. Make sure that everything about your future life is written down (on paper) and as specific as humanly possible and don’t be afraid of setting deadlines – they are essential.
Focus on where you want to be versus where you are now
This is the next critical distinction that you really need to make, and one that more and more people are waking up to on a regular and daily basis. The fact of the matter is that even if we fill our lives with “stuff”, we just won’t be as happy as we would be if we focus instead on creating the “who” we want to be. Get real on who you want to be in the future, and then make decisions based upon what that person would do in your situation.
Always – ALWAYS – focus on the long-term impact
As humans, we are almost wired to look only at the short-term impact of our decisions, which is exactly why we find ourselves in so much trouble on a regular basis. Look to the long-term game – the endgame, if you will – rather than just doing things that will give you short-term gratification.
Embrace the fact that life – and everything in it – is a process
The belief that you’ll be able to achieve some level of skill, success, or attain a handful of goals and then be able to stop and coast for the rest of your days is dangerous and even deadly. All of life is a process – with only one specific endpoint down the road. Always try to do better than you did yesterday.
The food that you put into your body is your fuel
There is absolutely nothing more important than focusing on the food that you put in your body and use to fuel your systems. If for no other reason, change your diet to a healthy eating plan just to make sure that your body is getting everything it needs for optimal function.
Quick bursts of energy and focus followed by rest and recovery are the absolute best way to get things done
We’ve been led to believe that multitasking is the be-all-end-all of productivity, but research has shown that multitasking actually decreases all of the productivity that we were hoping to achieve. The truth of the matter is that focusing on just a specific thing at a time, and then moving on to something once we’ve accomplished that task – is a much more efficient way to go about our business.
It’s your life – and you’re in charge
Finally, it’s important to understand that you (and you alone) responsible for the decisions that you make moving forward. While it’s nice to get feedback from the rest of the world, you’re going to have to pilot your own ship – be responsible for your life and you’ll find amazing things begin to happen.
Now it’s your turn. What are you currently doing to live the life of your dreams? I look forward to reading them!