Are you living your dream life? Be honest here, do you wake up every morning excited to start your day?
If not, there is a gap between where you are now (point A) and where you want to be (point B).
Quantifying and acknowledging this gap isn't easy. The gap can seem big, scary and overwhelming. Point B may feel impossible and out of reach.
It's far easier to ignore the gap and to keep living our daily routine, packing our days full of activities that bring us instant gratification, shopping, watching Netflix marathons, drinking, dining out, etc. These activities give us a sense of purpose and make us feel "busy" for the time being but ultimately serve as a distraction.
We can thank them for bringing us to point A, but will they really bring us any closer to point B?
So how can we close this gap?
1. Ask yourself some tough questions and get specific.
Where do you want to be 1 year, 5 years and 10 years from now? What projects will you be working on, what kind of lifestyle will you be living? Do you want to become an author, open a shop or write a blog? We spend so much time avoiding these questions that the answers may not come straight away. That's okay, just stay with it.
Spend time each day envisioning your dream lifestyle and take note of the things that are important to you. Do you want to have more time to spend with your family, more opportunities to travel or embark on a different career path? Learn to identify the things that are truly important to you and you will find your specific goals will become clearer over time.
2. Break it down
Goals are great, however, ambitious goals can seem intimidating. If you place too much focus on the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, you will begin to resent your goals and see them as a burden. Instead, the trick is to break your goals down into small, actionable steps with daily activities that impact your end goal over time. Determine the first 3 steps you can take that will bring you closer to point B and concentrate on completing these tasks before moving on to the next three.
3. Persistence and patience
Closing the gap between point A and point B requires persistence and patience. Don't beat yourself up because you are not there yet. Instead, pride yourself on the smaller tasks you have achieved and use these as motivation to push yourself forward. The most important thing is to enjoy the process. Find excitement and passion in the little tasks so that you can persist with them over time. This is how you will close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.