Are you living the life you want? If you said no, you’re not alone.
Many people don’t live the life they want. They don’t have the jobs they want. They don’t have the love life they want. Or, they don’t have the success they want. For them, life is more about just trying to get through each day.
You don’t have to live that way—within you is the power to change. But you have to make the right decisions to get what you want. That’s the key to changing your life.
One technique for making the right life changing decisions is to develop a well-thought-out plan for changing your life. Call it a “bucket list for your life.”
Put on the list all the things your life would feel incomplete without. Creating the list helps you distinguish between what brings you immediate happiness and what brings you true fulfillment.
Once you’ve created your bucket list, use it to establish an inspiring vision for yourself. Then use your vision to drive yourself forward and initiate action. Establishing your vision is essential to getting what you want out of life.
Creating your bucket list is just one technique that can help you achieve the life you want. Below are five other techniques that can help you change your life
Visualization — It’s a powerful tool that can drive change. Positive visualization subconsciously programs you to expect—and achieve—a successful outcome. It’s a technique used by the world’s most successful people. Golfing great Jack Nicklaus always stressed visualization’s benefits. So did Muhammad Ali. Even Jim Carey, the actor, employs it.
“Although visualization was regarded as ‘new age hype’ for many years, research has shown that there is a strong scientific basis for how and why visualization works. It is now a well-known fact that we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize an action and when we actually perform the same action,” say Srinivasan Pillay, CEO of NeuroBusiness group and award-winning author in an article on Huffington Post.com.
Write down goals —Writing goals down boosts your chances of achieving them. It gives you a road map to success, a reason for starting your day, and a tool that compels you to give extra effort. More important, it keeps you on track and helps you follow your progress. That’s critical.
Challenge yourself — Changing your life isn’t just about achieving your goals. It’s also about the journey. On this journey, you’ll learn a lot about yourself. But to grow on this journey, you need to challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone. Going beyond your comfort zone also builds confidence—a key tool in achieving success of any kind. So push yourself to go beyond it.
Learn to stay focused — Some of your bigger goals may take time to achieve, so it’s critical you learn to break them down into smaller tangible weekly or daily tasks. In addition, people that stay focused on long-term goals tend to achieve more than those that jump from activity to activity. So make sure your goal list only contains those goals essential to you.
How do you stay focused? Work on achieving your goals regularly. Develop habits that will help you attain your goals. And set aside time to work on your goals. The last item is a must. You have to set aside time to work on your goals to achieve them!
Get support from others — Ever wonder why Weight Watchers is such a highly successful weight loss program? One reason is the extensive support it provides people trying to reach their goals. Support, in one form or another, is critical to achieving your goals.
Even the most self-motivated people need help from time to time when striving for a goal.So set up a support system that can help motivate you when you’re down or struggling. Spouses can help. Family and friends can help. Even co-workers can help.
Use the six techniques described above to start changing your life now. It’s the first step in taking control of your life to create the life you want. Remember, you have the power within you to change things. But you must make good decisions—the kind that will help you attain true fulfillment.