Once you can see the dream, you have to plan the route to get there.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to plot every last detail rightthisminute. That doesn’t work anyway. But you need to know what you want to move toward.
In order to move forward, we must take the actual steps. What those steps are will depend entirely on what your dream looks like.
Not one successful person woke up where they are now. They started from the beginning. So we’re going to work backwards here.
What is your dream?
What do you fantasize about doing?
What do you want to be known for?
What do you want to spend your life doing and would still do even if you had endless money? Can you see it?
Now, what steps do you need to take to get there?
What is the FIRST step? It doesn’t have to be huge! It can be one little thing that you can do RIGHT NOW to get even an inch closer to your goal.
And if you haven’t already, this means it’s time to…
There are a ton out there, but I’m going to recommend my #1 favorite organizational tool of all time; the Passion Planner by Angelia Trinidad. (This is not an advertisement, I’m just deeply obsessed with the Passion Planner and the impact it has had on my life.)
This amazing, supple book, when used correctly, will turn you into a productivity powerhouse. For real.
You can plot your entire LIFE in this thing and you will get. shit. DONE.
Until your planner arrives, (you can also print out the free PDFs while you wait!) …
What can you do RIGHT NOW that will move you one step closer to your goal than you were yesterday?
What are some things you can stop buying? (lattes, meals out, impulsive purchases, etc.)
What distracts you and wastes your time? (scrolling on social media, dramatic/negative friends/family, etc.)
What is your current morning routine? What is your IDEAL morning routine?
How about your ideal day? Write it down, from when you wake up until you go to bed.
Once you have a visual of your plan, it is time to get to work.
Visualization leads to manifestation. But not without putting in the work in the meantime.
The thing isn’t going to be easy.
The thing will require sacrifice, discipline, sweat and tears.
The thing will require commitment, passion and patience.
The thing will require focus & consistency.
The one and only way to get the thing is daily action.
You can’t just visualize and dream about the thing.
You have to work on moving toward the thing every single day.
If you miss a day, you check yourself and get back to it the next day.
All WHILE visualizing the thing, and thinking about how amazing you’re going to feel when you have the thing.
When you take consistent baby steps toward the thing, you cannot help but end up at the thing.
This means you have to SHOW UP. To the easel, to the table, to the desk. To wherever it is that you get the shit done that needs to get done to get closer to the thing.
It took me awhile to get a handle on this one.
As you creatives know, sometimes you feel the need to ‘wait for inspiration’ to create.
Try ignoring that, and just show up.
This requires discipline.
Self-discipline is hard.
Trust me, I know.
You want to know the trick to self-discipline?
A serious schedule.
Now, I’m not talking about a schedule that’s all packed with a bunch of the bullshit I was talking about purging in the last section.
I’m talking about a schedule that is written in accordance with your goals.
As in, you schedule your priorities FIRST and everything else either falls in line or falls OFF the schedule. No excuses.
The Schedule to Get to the Thing is an epic level game changer. But it isn’t enough just to make the schedule.
You have to implement the schedule. You have to stick to it. You have to COMMIT.
Because committing to the schedule is committing to The Thing.
And committing to The Thing is committing to yourself, your dreams, your goals…to your ideal life.
You just read a sample of Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live. You can download the entire eBook for free below!