Do you believe that you can create your own reality? I do. I believe that you can create your own reality. I believe that it is a combination of a few actionable steps that I will outline for you:
Dream it: Creating your own reality entails possessing a knowledge of what you’d like your reality to be. Create an idea, however audacious, that lays out what you’d like your reality to be. Dream a position you’d like to be in, a place you’d like to live, a hobby you’d like to pursue, or anything that you’d like in your life that isn’t there today or doesn’t exist the way you’d like it to.
Sketch it out: Creating your own reality entails tiny steps that, when added up, equal big steps. When I was a cashier at a hospital, I mapped out the steps necessary to get me into a leadership role running the department. They were small gradual steps that wouldn’t position me as the leader for several years. I continued to strive towards the goal. I achieved it in four years. Although it sounds like a long time, it was a sustainable plan that I stuck to. Sketch out a plan to slowly move IN THE DIRECTION of your goals.
Pinpoint the steps: Once you have a dream and the rough draft of a way that you can arrive at your goal, begin to plot the steps necessary to get you there. I wanted to speak to large groups and mentor women both in person and via my website. When I created the dream, I didn’t have the means, the contacts nor did I even have a website. At the time, not many people knew me and fewer still were booking me for speaking engagements. I plotted out the steps to create a blog, a website, and I created my first speech (hoping someone would book me – and they did!).
Affirm your accomplishments: Each small step that you take in the direction that you want to go deserves a celebration. Buy yourself that new X that you’ve been wanting. Take a loved one out to dinner. Celebrate small steps as you accomplish them.
Picture the end result and act accordingly: If you want to be an instructor, begin gathering lesson plans and preparing lessons (even before you ARE an instructor). If you want to take a college class, buy a desk and begin researching classes. Act as though you are already taking a class. Move forward. Visualize yourself in the scene.
Stay focused and keep your eyes on the goal: So, how do you stay focused? I suggest a bi-annual report card. Twice a year, grade yourself on how you’re doing in moving forward on your dreams. It is not about beating yourself up. It is more about the Progress Report. What could you do better? What TACTICAL PLAN can you create to start making small steps in the right direction? SMALL steps come together to create vast movement across space and time.
We get overwhelmed because we live in a society that constantly bombards us with instant gratification and FAST results. TRUE metamorphosis is a VERY gradual process that entails time. It took me over 4 years to transform my position at the hospital into a leadership role. It took me 5 years to build a brand, broad scale mentoring capabilities, get an audience for the motivational blog and to write 2 books. Slow and steady progress is your goal. As you move towards it, it will seem like you’ve accomplished SO MUCH, SO FAST to the others around you. To you, it will happen so gradually, that it will be hard for you to recall what it was like before the transformation.
Go transform your world. You can create your own reality. You can live the life you want to live. It will take a daring spirit with perseverance to succeed. You can do it. Chase after it. I encourage you to do it.
by Bethany Williams