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How to Make Your Dreams Come True

by Ashley on September 10, 2012 · 2 comments

When you think about living your super awesome life, how do you want to feel?

Have you ever thought about this before? Really thought about it? When I first heard this question, I thought it was a little weird and kinda silly. I mean, what does it matter how I want to feel if I feel completely unhappy, drained, and frustrated right now.

If I feel lost in my job, have no close friends, and spend my weekends zoned out in front of the TV, who cares if I want a life that makes me feel inspired, valued, and worthwhile?

I know. I used to think the same way. Heck, I used to BE the same way!

But, then I learned a little trick. I learned how to move away from the negative and toward the positive.

I began by opening up my journal and filling one page with over 30 adjectives that described the life I envisioned for myself. They described my version of success. They are personal, Ashley-fied, and likely won’t be the same group of words when you answer the question.

Enthusiastic. Financially Secure. Grateful. Free. Connected. Radiant. Present. 

It’s easy to talk about success and dreams and the feelings we associate with them, but how do you actually move from these imagined feelings to a life abundant with your own version of super awesomeness?

How to make your dreams come true

First, sit down and write down as many words as possible that encapsulate that feeling for you.

Then, do more things that give you that same feeling.

Want to feel powerful? Creative? Energetic?

Think about what you are doing every single day and consider whether that action or behavior honors the feelings you desire so badly.

It’s simple.

Ask yourself,

“Will doing X make me feel Y (Powerful/Creative/Energetic)? How?”

If the answer is no, throw that idea in the trash and choose something else.

For me, it meant asking my boss for new projects at work. It meant inviting new maybe-friends to lunch and finding out how we clicked (or not). It meant joining a gym, trying a yoga class, and learning how to knit.

By tuning in and paying attention to how your behaviors and choices honor (or don’t honor) the feelings you desire, you can make better decisions about what is worth your time. Then, you can begin moving forward toward your super awesome life.

So, when you finally catch your dream, how will you feel?

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Linda September 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Sounds like a simple formula to me!


Sam September 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

This is an awesomee idea to create a purposeful life. I think many people know what they want their future to feel/look like, but they are generally unwilling to make the effort and decisions required to get that future.Procrastination, man.


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