Do you ever just feel like you’re putting your life on hold? Maybe you’re waiting for the perfect time to do what you’ve always wanted to do. You might think you need to get yourself to a better career position before moving forward. Perhaps you don’t think you deserve to take time for yourself when there are so many things that your family needs.
Regardless of your reasons, putting your life on hold and waiting for “someday” to do the things you aspire to is rarely a good idea. The fact is, we’re never guaranteed a tomorrow. Holding out for the “right time” usually just ends up costing happiness and fulfillment.
Instead, decide what it is you want out of your life and take steps to get it right now. Not tomorrow. Not someday. Now. Let’s get started on living your best life now:
Take Time to Dream. Many of us say we’ll wait until a better time to go after what we want, but we may not even know what it is that we’d like to see in our lives. So, your first step is to take some time to dream. Think about the things you desire. Make lists. Let yourself dream big. Jot down short-term and long-term goals.
Clarify Your Vision. Once you have some ideas, start to narrow things down. Clarify the goals you most want to meet and that seem within reach to begin working on now. Write them down and commit to working toward them.
Create a Plan. Now you’re ready to create a framework for how you’ll reach your destination. Decide how you’re going to obtain the things you want. Write down the steps you plan to take. Try to come up with a reasonable time frame in which to arrive at each step. Decide on milestones to mark your progress. Doing so will help keep you on track.
Take Action. It’s time to start bringing your plan to life. Decide which actions you need to take right now to begin making progress toward the goals you’ve set. Grab your planner and write down guideposts for these steps so that you know what you should be working on at each stage of the journey.
Have Fun. Finally, be sure to enjoy these steps along the way. This isn’t another to-do list that has to be a chore. This is your life, and it’s meant to be a joy. Double-check your action plan to make sure there are fun activities included, and always take time to celebrate those milestones.
Keeping these steps in mind as a model for moving forward will help to ensure you’re no longer putting your life on hold. You now have a plan.
If you’re looking for a resource to help you with goal-setting and managing tasks, take a look at my 2020 Unlock Your Potential Planner. I know it will help keep you motivated to stay on track and remind you to celebrate your successes along the way!