Everyday I write my dreams down. Not the little ones, the job goals, the target weight, the holiday goal. I write the ambitious, audacious, gigantic, out of this world, crazy dreams. I’ve never felt so much power as when I write them down. Every morning it’s a reminder that no matter how I feel, or what the day may have in store for me. I have an opportunity to be the best me I can be and to help make the world a better place.
Rachel Hollis is an amazing inspiration for personal growth and improvement. If you’ve never heard of her, she is on Facebook and Instagram. I’d defiantly go check her out! She talks about writing down your dreams everyday. More importantly writing them down as if they have already happened. I also write an affirmation that fits what I’d like out of my day. Originally I thought well I could but then I’d put it in a draw and not think about it. I didn’t realise how much power I’d feel writing what I’m going to achieve and using the words ‘I am a’ and ‘I have’.
You need to make a decision. What kind of life are you going to have. Not one day. Not when you get the better job, find a new love, pass your degree, reach that weight. . . But from right now. Who are you going to be from right now? Just decide and never look back.
I write these everyday in my journal and i also have on my vision board, a list of things I wrote out to achieve this year. I am three and a half out of six done!! I also have a list of things I’d like to constantly work on throughout the year. I feel writing these things down means I can look at them everyday and be mindful of the path I am on.
On my list are these things. You can remove or add what you like
Learn-What are you going to learn this year? Or maybe more importantly what are you going to go in search of to learn about? Our world is bursting with knowledge. Everywhere we go, everyone we meet will teach us something. Make sure you’re open to it. I have read so many interesting books this year. That would probably be my advice on where to start if you want to learn something new. Look up top recommended non-fiction books and work your way down the list.
Give- Sometimes we get very caught up in our own bubble that it’s easy to put others needs on the back burner. I don’t mean friends and family. I’m talking about a stranger, your local community, the old lady who needs help getting to the local shop everyday. Anyone who would benefit from you spending some of your time with them. And even the simple ones, like helping a mum with her push-chair on the stairs will make you feel good.
Family- We love and hate them at some point! But they are our family through thick and thin. My family is all grown up now. My sisters, both with partners and my mum and Auntie back in our home town. I moved to London two years ago and only go home once a month, sometimes less. But if I ever need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. There they are. We don’t get on all the time but I love them to pieces. My goal for this year is to spend more quality time with them. Maybe yours might be to do the same or even just talk on the phone to your dad once a week. Text your sister and see how her and her little family are getting on. Ring your grandma! I used to write cards to my Nanny and she’d write back telling me how she was, and include my spelling mistakes!
Physical- Most of the time throughout the year I am working on myself physically. Watching what I eat and exercising. But over the past year it has become more about my mental health more than physical. I am not really out of shape and I am quite active so I’m not worried about my body. It’s more about what things are going on in my life and who I interact with. Are they benefiting me or not? My mental health is very much influenced by the people I spend time with and the environments I choose to be in. There have been so many people who have come and gone from my life since I moved London and sooo many changes I have lost count. I am grateful for each one of them and continue to seek people and environments that help me to excel in my everyday.
Career- For this one I’ve written, ‘keep excelling and learning.’ As a nanny I am constantly on the move and no two days are the same. It is however not a challenging job for me. I re-took my math GCSE ( and got a C sixth time round!!! I did it though!) and I am now studying event management to stimulate my intellectual development. I’m not where I want to be in my career, but I am working towards where I want to be. I think as long as we don’t lose sight of what we are working towards, and keep chipping away at that block, we’ll get there!
Adventure- What’s life without a little adventure? Take every opportunity that may arise and see what happens. Much better a ‘I did it’, instead of a ‘If only. . . ‘
Personal- I work on myself every damn day. In every way I can. If you don’t, then who will? A friend recently said to me, ‘you are your own constant’. I touched on this in a previous blog post, Welcome back you. At the end of the day you only have you. So make sure you are striving to be the person you really want to be. Everyday is a new day to change. A new opportunity to seek more for yourself. If you’re not sure where to start, I find journaling and writing my goals, my big ass dreams, all the wishes I want for myself, down. Write down your dream in detail. Even if its silly. It’s yours.
It maybe over half way through the year but that doesn’t mean you can’t start today! Everyday is a new opportunity to challenge yourself to be better and grow. End your year on a high and see what you can achieve in the last two months!
If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.