Do you ever feel like you’re putting your life on hold? Maybe you’re waiting for the perfect time to do what it is you’ve always wanted to do. You might think you need to get yourself to a better career position before you can have fun. Perhaps you don’t believe you deserve to take time for yourself when your family needs so many things. Regardless of your reasons, putting your life on hold and waiting for someday to do the things you aspire to is rarely a good idea.
The fact is, we’re never guaranteed a tomorrow. Holding out for the “right time” usually ends up costing happiness and fulfillment. Instead, decide what you want out of your life and take action steps to get it right now. Not tomorrow. Not someday. Take a look at the following suggestions to get started living your best life now:
Take Time to Dream
Many of us say we’ll wait until a better time to go after what we want, but we may not even know what it is that we’d like to see in our lives. Therefore, your first step is to take some time to dream. Think about the things you desire. Make lists. Let yourself dream big. Jot down short-term and long-term goals.
Clarify Your Vision
Once you have some ideas, start to narrow things down. Clarify the goals you most want to meet and that seem within reach to at least begin working on now. Write them down and commit to working toward them.
Create a Map
Now you’re ready to create a framework or draw a map for how you’ll reach your destination. Decide how you’re going to obtain the things you want. Write down the steps you plan to take. Try to come up with a reasonable time frame in which to arrive at each step. Decide on milestones to mark your progress. Doing so will help keep you on track.
It’s time to start bringing your plan to life. Decide on which actions you need to take right now to begin making progress toward the goals you’ve set. Grab your calendar and write down guideposts for these steps so that you know what you should be working on at each stage of the journey.
Finally, be sure you’re striving to enjoy these steps along the way. This isn’t another to-do list that has to be a chore; it is your life plan and meant to be a joy. Doublecheck your action plan to make sure there are fun activities included, and always take time to celebrate those milestones.
Keeping these steps in mind as a model for moving forward will help to ensure you’re no longer putting your life on hold. You now have a plan. As you start to work on it, you’ll notice your outlook improving and your satisfaction levels rising.