Lately I have found myself running tirelessly through a loop of negativity in my head. This is not something that is normal for or characteristic of me, so I’ve felt quite stuck and depressed about the daily grind of my life. I’ve been searching outside of myself for things to boost up my morale, my happiness. I’ve been reading great books, listening to podcasts, spending time meditating and visualizing, sleeping, spending time with people I enjoy…yet none of it has seemed to improve my mood. Then I found this quote:
“When you know you’re destined for greatness, your potential haunts you. It keeps you up at night. You won’t feel complete until you succeed.” -Mama Zara
I literally had to read and re-read that quote multiple times. It hit me somewhere deep inside. I read it and thought “THIS is why I’ve been so low lately. I feel like I’m standing at a crossroad with multiple roads in front of me and I have no idea which one to pursue, so I pursue none of them…and end up feeling haunted by my lack of action.”
I’ve been reading this wonderful book, “She Means Business” by Carrie Green. I came across this book through a Facebook ad. The book is full of actions you can take to move forward with your dream for your life. I highly recommend it. (I have not been paid to say that, nor did I receive a free copy of the book. I just love it that much I want you to read it too!) This book has caused a major shift in my life the past few days. The piece that I need to share with you today, the piece that has shifted the trajectory of my life, is this:
YOU need to create your life on purpose. YOU need to take responsibility for your daily attitude and your daily actions. YOU have the ability to respond positively to every situation and even use the obstacles in life as a growing opportunity.
How do you do this?
I recommend 2 things (both of which Carrie does a beautiful job of explaining in her book).
- Create a Vision Board. This is definitely not a new concept. I think I’ve actually been creating vision boards since I was about 10 years old (I just didn’t call it a vision board!). Carrie has a wonderful post as well as video here on vision boards. This is really what it all comes down to: BE INTENTIONAL WITH YOUR LIFE. My vision board includes a print out of my bank account that I have photoshopped to state I have $3 million available. It also includes a picture of a New York Times Best Seller with my name photoshopped on the front. I definitely also have pictures of my dream house, vacations, a beautiful older couple dancing, a family spending time together, etc.
- Visualize Your Life. Use the vision board as a way to get laser focused on the vision of your life. Then spend 3-5 minutes a day practicing visualization. I have found visualization to be most effective when I focus on just 1 thing at a time, instead of a large concept or idea. One way I’ve found to be truly focused on visualizing my future is to spend a few minutes in front of my vision board prior to visualization. I pick 1 thing from my vision board I want to focus on during my 3-5 minute visualization. I then turn on some meditation music (love this album ) sit, focus on my breath for 5 breaths and then play out my day as if I already have the thing I am visualizing. I focus on how I feel, what it looks like around me, what I hear etc. I visualize my life exactly how I want it to be. This is truly life changing.
The bottom line is this:
Do this for yourself today. Create that vision board. Put it somewhere you will see it every day. Stare at it. Visualize it. And watch your life transform into the life you intended for yourself.