Today, I’m sharing the prompt for an exercise that will define and transform your life:
What does your life look like in ten years? In detail, write about your day ten years from today. If you could do anything you wanted – no rules, no obligations, no should’s – what would your most remarkable life look like exactly ten years from today? Write about your whole day, from the time you awake to the time you go to bed, in as much detail as you can. Where are you? What kind of clothes are you wearing? What are you thinking about? Who are you with?
Make time for yourself to complete this exercise and then come back to it every few months. (I read mine quarterly.) Notice how visualizing and writing down your dream shifts your perspective both now and every time you revisit it.
Inspired by: Debbie Millman. You can listen to her talk about the exercise on this podcast [1:33].
Set your sights high
Look far into the future
What do you see?
What do you want?
Break it down into goals
Bring it back to the present
If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough.
is made of
What you do today… and tomorrow… and the next day… IS YOUR LIFE.
What are you doing today that is creating the life you want
and the legacy you want to leave behind?
Whatever my style
Whatever my talk
Wherever I am in life
Trying to act like someone else takes effort
And it’s not as fun anyway
You are most productive, effective and efficient when you are exactly the way you are.
I see kindness, therefore I am kind
I see compassion, therefore I am compassionate
I see courage, therefore I am courageous
I see strength, therefore I am strong
Until I see possibility, can I step into the possibility
And then, I see it again
For me, the best sort of giving comes from living a full life.
Not from needing to give gifts because of the season.
But from my cup being so full, it runneth over.
I’d like to think the gift-giving tradition of this season started this way.
First came the cheer, the merry-making, and from that, naturally, the gift-giving.
From being so joyous and inherently grateful that all you want to do is give unto others.
There’s nothing you need, and nothing you want, and so you spend your time being merry and generous.
This, to me, is living generously, and it’s much more enjoyable than needing to give gifts.
This will be my practice this gift-giving season.
Because no one in my life really needs anything.
We’ll see how they like it!
When I’m happy, I’m free, fun and sweet
I make light of the challenges around me, and
I make light of other people, too
When I’m happy, I’m free to move around
and dance like nobody’s watching, even if they are
When I’m happy annoyances and anger don’t cling
They fade because it’s not really worth it
When I’m happy I am connected to my purpose
Whether at work (to build a clean energy grid)
Or outside of work (to simply enjoy the passing of time)
When I’m happy I am connected to others
I see myself in them and them in me
I see their struggles, and I see their dreams
The happy state is an elevated state
And it should be our most frequented state
We perform best when we are happy