BY: SADYE EISENHAUER – STAFF WRITER
As we grow up, we continue to figure out what we hope will come out of our lives. Some want big houses and families, others want to travel the world and simply be alone. Whatever the case is, your life matters and it matters from the day you leave your mother’s body. No matter what you would like your life to look like starts with you, and until you put in place exactly what you want, you will be spinning in circles trying to figure out how to get to the next step, here are 6 steps on how to make 2017 the beginning of your dream life.
Make a plan: Anyone can dream up their perfect life with dreams of a big house and a happy family. Although it is good to have accomplishments planned out for your future, a lot of us forget the steps we need to get there. Choosing key check points you want to hit throughout your life will help you with the end goal. Tracking progress is the only way you will be able to know if you accomplished anything at all.
Understand everything takes time: Making a plan will help you understand exactly where you would like to end up, but even with a plan it takes a decent amount of time to get from step one to the final outcome. Do not wake up every morning expecting significant change with your life, it is likely never going to happen like that, but having a clear understanding and a timeline will help you control that unsettling urge of nothing happening. Staying on track or ahead of the game will always speed up the time line. Do not stress if you don’t get where you want to be within the next couple of years, it will happen when it’s meant to with perfect timing.
Share your plan with someone: Life has its ups and downs and your life plans will rise and sink with it. Sharing your ideas makes them more of a reality and less of a dream. When other people know your aspirations it allows them to guide you in the right direction when you are falling slightly off.
Cut out negativity from your life: There will always be people who tell you that you simply can not do certain things, from a young age it has always been that way. After knowing people for a long time, or having long time habits, it is hard to break away from them. Even if those things bring negativity, we look to them for comfort because a lot of time it is all that we know. Let those negatives turn into positive learning experiences, and they will get rid of the negative side of them. Push out of your comfort zone and do not let those negatives be the situations and people that hold you down. If they do not support or help you with your dreams, make them a memory.
Stop Hesitating: Those dreams you come up with, the fantasies you would like to live, they exist. It is a matter of going out and searching for them. Stop waiting for the right opportunity to do something, it will never come. Stop coming up with excuses as to why you can’t and make up reasons as to why you can. Holding yourself back is the biggest reason you are not doing exactly what you want to be doing. Stop hesitating, and be the change you want to see in your life.
Enjoy the Journey: Being caught up in our destination often stops us from realizing we have a life that many admire. Knowing the destination is important because without a destination none of these steps matter, but sitting back and watching your journey is more of a reason to have these destinations. While trying to make it, remember that the little bumps are what got you to exactly where you want to be. Step back and look at the bigger picture instead of the sliver of a picture you painted for yourself. Along the way you will find things you never thought you’d love, you’ve always wanted to have, and you are grateful you came across.
As the year progresses check in with your goals and see the progress you are making. If you don’t think you are advancing enough in your goals, go back through these steps and see what you are lacking the most. Keeping on top of simple things like these can turn your life around in such a positive way. Do not wait for your dream life, go out searching for it high and low and be sure to look in places you probably never expected for it to be. Happy 2017!