Featured writer: Heal Love Be
Whether your ultimate goal is to lose weight, achieve financial freedom, or become more content with your life, making an action plan helps you to get there. About a year and a half ago, I wrote down “My Perfect Life” including the type of person I want to be and the type of life I want to lead. This is what I wrote down:
My Perfect Life
- Live simply (choose experiences over things) – DONE!
- Learn something new everywhere I go/try new things – DONE!
- Contact/visit family and friends often – DONE!
- Use all natural products – DONE!
- Eat 100% healthy vegan diet, 75% raw – DONE!
- Be friends with positive and/or like-minded people – DONE!
- Get a dog – DONE!
- Be active consistently
- Have a completely healthy body
- Have minimal waste/environmental impact
- Live life fully every day
- Be confident, social, friendly, outgoing
- Be joyful, peaceful, loving, happy, kind
- Be silly, goofy, child-like, fun-loving, positive
- Meditate/visualize/be present every day
- Make a difference, help others
- Be debt-free
- Have kids
- Live in a house on a lake or river
- Plant a garden
- Become a successful entrepreneur
- Play instruments (piano, guitar)
- Learn different languages
- Travel often (national/international)
I wrote these goals in the order I planned on achieving them and I wrote dates as to when each would be achieved. Then, I made a monthly action plan with small steps I could take in order to get to where I wanted to be. I have not achieved all of my goals above, but I am happy to say that I am on my way! Making a plan helps you to figure out exactly where you want to be, and then gets you focused on figuring out how to get there. Before I made these goals for myself, I knew there were a lot of aspects of my life I wanted to change in order to be living the life I wanted to live, but I didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted. Now, I do! The following are a few of the small action steps I took to achieve some of my goals stated above:
- Own minimal furniture, stuff, makeup, products
- Do not accumulate more stuff, get rid of something when I get something new
- Play minimal computer games
- Change homepage to google from yahoo so I don’t read yahoo articles each day
- Watch minimal TV
- Do not eat meat, fish, dairy
- Do not drink coffee; decaf coffee 1-2x/month
- Do not drink pop
- Eat minimal sugar
- Drink minimal alcohol
- Do not eat gluten
- Eat minimal processed food/canned food
- Do not use microwave anymore
- Change all products to natural products
- Start a blog
- Contact friends/family often (visit, phone, email)
- Make social plans with people – accept invites often
I choose a few steps to work on each month and then choose a few new ones the following month. When you break it down into simple steps, it becomes much easier to follow, and you will start to see changes in yourself. Looking at the big picture can seem daunting, but focusing on one, two, or three small steps at a time is very doable. For more of my action steps, go here: Health steps and here: Bucket List.
What would you like to change about your life? What action steps could you take to get there?