How to navigate a clear path to what you want
The truth is we cultivate our path with every single step. Every choice we make builds upon itself. Layers and layers of decisions overlap and manifest as the person that we are in this moment; define the life we lead. So, this is where we should start the journey to step up our life, and take ourself to the next level: identify the person you are right now!
Grab a journal. Write. What is your path about in this moment? What are the themes, motivating forces, ambitions? What do you do? How do you do it? What moves you, excites you? What slows you down and creates a sense of resistance? Only from the standpoint of recognizing where we are, can we begin moving into something new.
Set the Intention!
It can seem hard to incorporate a big change, to do things differently or live in a new way, and that’s because it is! The way your life moves right now has been patterned with each decision you’ve made, step by step, over time. Changing your self, your behavior, your situation thus happens the same way: slowly, with each step, over time. True change comes from many small changes accumulating and overflowing to become the new! To get to the next level, you’ve got to take baby steps, each day. You have to be clear about your intention and set it! If you want to get to the next level you must build and re-pattern yourself, one decision at a time.
“True change comes from many small changes accumulating and overflowing to become the new!"
Once you have identified who you are in this moment. Take the next step, contemplate what you want to do differently: how do you want to be? What is you as your best self? What would be the life you love? What would take you to the next level? Envision it in your mind. Meditate on it. Allow yourself space. Let these new ideas come to you from within. Identify clear and succinct goals, then write them down.
Change the way you make changes
Now you have a gold mine of information: You know who you are now and you know who you want to be. Maybe some of these changes are BIG; so big that it is overwhelming to tackle them straight away. And exactly that feeling grows until we are pushed back to the same stagnant place as before…wanting to change and not knowing how, not taking any steps because there are just so many steps to take, different directions to move in. So lets change the way we make the changes! Let’s incorporate our changes in manageable and practical ways, so they don't get lost like new years resolutions, but become the things we are most proud of, the things that make us live a Next Level Life!
Baby Steps turn into Giant Leaps!
“If you really want this, you have to pave the pathway to it!”
You may have identified some major life changes to incorporate, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will any of our changes be. So, as basic and elementary as this sounds, it is so important: Break down your goals step by step. Outline a map with your paper and pen. Make a plan. Give yourself a specific deadline, then break down that deadline with smaller objectives that will lead to your overall goal. If you really want this, you have to pave the pathway to it! Write out all the baby steps that will turn into giant leaps and then become goals achieved! This is the way to elevate your life!
Now that you have an outline of what you want and how you'll reach your goal, put it out there. Share! Tell people about it! Write it down in a place where you'll see it often. Leave your map out to remind yourself. Find a friend to talk about it with who might have similar ideas, and encourage each other. When you tell others and put it out to the universe, you make it more real. The goal stops being theoretical and exists in reality! It comes out of your head and into the world. And once it is out in the world, you are accountable for it and develop a desire to follow through! You know what you want and how to make it happen, now you have a reason to do it.
Celebrate Each Step!
The last step in this process is to celebrate! Next Level life is a huge accomplishment! Take some healthy pride in each and every feat. Each baby step is worth praise because it took effort, it took making a new choice, and you did it! Offer gratitude. Applaud yourself. Build some positive reinforcement into your new routine so you are always encouraged to keep at it. The small milestones become the big ones.
Here's what to do step-by-step:
Set a clear goal. This way, it is clear when you’ve achieved it!
Give yourself a deadline. Something reasonable, but just challenging enough to provoke change!
Make a plan. How are you going to achieve your goal? Baby Steps. Slowly. Over time. Break down your timeline. Draw it out. What smaller goals can you achieve on the way to your big ones that will help get you there? Identify these intermediary steps. Give those a deadline too!
Share! Tell others about your goal, people who will support and encourage you! Write it down in your calendar, journal about it. If you want to bring your new dreams to life, keep it at the forefront of your mind. This brings a sense of accountability. It stops being a farfetched idea, and starts actually happening!
Celebrate. Even the small victories! If you do something that gets you closer to achieving your goal, take some healthy pride! Do something to demarcate and make each step special. Give yourself incentives! Invest in yourself!