The number one problem I’ve found with creatives who are unsatisfied and can’t seem to find the dream their supposed to be living is that they’re not getting specific enough. Their vision of a well-designed life is made up of vague words and little to no action.
For example, let’s say you want to be passionate and inspired. Then describe to me what a passionate and inspired person looks like. How do they behave? How do they move through their day from start to finish?
Or let’s say you want to write more. Awesome. What are you writing about? Are you on a laptop or pushing pen to paper? Are you in a coffee shop or a quiet reading nook? Do you have a hot cup of tea or perhaps some whiskey on the rocks accompanying you? Are you journaling? Blogging? Or starting on the next great American novel?
Maybe you just want to be able to pay the bills doing what you love. Get specific about your expenses and how much income you need to make. What will it cost to quit your day job? Or how much do you need to save up to take a month to work on only your own projects? Look at the numbers and do the math.
Or I bet you want to travel more. Where do you want to go? What will you pack? Look at a map and pick a destination. Then look at your calendar and block off time, even if it’s a year in advance and maybe improbable, to take the holiday of your dreams. Browse plane tickets and start researching hotels / camp grounds / hostels. Pretend like you’re about to go on this trip for real.
Dreams don’t happen. They’re made. But first you have to get specific about what that dream looks like.
Here are just a few things I do to get specific when I’m feeling unclear:
• Start a Pinterest board to start bringing texture, color, shape, and form to your vision. (You can follow me & the Braid crew on Pinterest here).
• Try this Ideal Day exercise posted over at Braid Creative to really think about what you want to be doing all day.
• Do just one small thing each day that feels dreamy. Be sure to take a mental note and say “I’m living the dream when I _________.”
So I want to know – what’s one specific thing that you want to start doing to make life a little more dreamy?
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Based on demand and interest I am considering offering one more round of one-on-one 6-week Life Coaching for Creatives for the months of November and December. Space will be limited to just 4 clients. So if you’re interested check out that offering here and shoot me an email at Kathleen@braidcreative.com – I won’t be offering one-on-one coaching again until Spring / Summer 2014.
If you can’t quite afford the 1:1 coaching but are committed to learning more about designing your dream life sign up for our exclusive Braid Letters for Creatives and stay tuned! I’m brewing up something special for you coming this Fall/Winter.