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I wrote an article previously about envisioning dreams but have received feedback that it is really hard to envision how life will be in 5 years’ time; it’s too abstract and difficult to pin-point.
I can empathise with that – how do I even get started envisioning something as massive as that?! I eventually shared that feedback with the same friend who told me to have those 5, 10 and 15-year visions, curious to hear what he had to say.
His reply? “Then think how your perfect day will look like, 5 years from now.”
Wow. That’s way easier.
To make it even simpler, I have broken it down further into 5 specific questions regarding that perfect day to make this exercise enriching for you.
If you have 5 minutes to spare, grab a pen and paper, lock yourself into your imagination and let’s have some fun together! If writing is not your thing, record your thoughts in an audio file, or do whatever you need to keep this dream mapping exercise accessible for your future references.
5 questions to help you create a day in your dream life
1) What are the first things you experience when you wake up?
We all know how a great start sets the tone for the day. Thus, the start to the perfect day is of absolute importance.
In this question, the aim is to craft an answer that engages all our 5 senses. Think of what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel against our skins.
The idea of engaging all our senses just as we awake is important - it highlights what we like to surround ourselves with that make us feel the most fulfilled, safe and contented.
Some additional prompters to help you build your answer:
What time is it – night or day? What do you see when you open your eyes? Are you waking up with the whole bed to yourself or are you sharing it with someone else? Who is that person? How is the environment you are in like, for eg. – a nice cottage styled room or a room in an apartment on the 30th floor of a sophisticated skyscraper? What do you hear around you, for eg. birds chirping, waves crashing, people laughing, cars horning, upbeat music, etc? What do you smell - the aroma of food from the kitchen or fresh flowers? Is your room cold or warm? Is there lots of sunlight in your room or is it still dark?
2) You have a to-do list for the day beside your bed. You pick it up and read it. What does it say?
What kind of activities fill your perfect day? Do you have nothing on the list and you just want a relaxing day, or do you have specific things you want to do that make you fulfilled? What are they?
3) Who do you hang out with for the day?
Who are the people present with you on your perfect day? Are you hanging out by yourself or are there specific people you want to spend time with? They can be people already existing in your life, or people whom you envision existing in your life 5 years from now.
4) What is the one thing that you feel most excited doing for the day?
This question gives focus to the thing you have always desired the most. It can be more than one thing, but each of them should be specific and clear.
Is it hanging out with your kids at the playground after school? Is it creating or coding a new programme? Is it signing that multi-million business deal you have been negotiating with for many month? Is it having lunch with your family and friends? Is it writing that book of yours? Is it cooking dinner for your loved ones or at a Michelin starred restaurant? Is it building your dream home brick to brick from scratch?
5) What is the last thing you do before you end your day?
What is the one last thing you do before you go to bed? Are you feeling tired but fulfilled, or relaxed and happy? Who do you talk to before you sleep? What do you think about before closing your eyes?
The clearer the vision, the better it is. Clear visions allow us to see the clear actions we can take today to get to where we want. It gives us a definite plan of how we can get to our dream life.
I personally have my perfect day typed out as a Winword file on my computer, and I also refer to it on days when I am in a severe need of a pick-me-up. The amount of motivation it gives me to keep going is invaluable.
So have a little adventure and go map out your dream life! I promise it will give you (nice) heart palpitations :)
Are you having desires to live your life courageously and with fulfillment?
Let's connect and explore how I can support you in your exciting journey!