I used to be a dreamer…
Head in the clouds, moonwalking through life. But for every dream I had I wasted a day in the real world.
It can be easy to get caught up in the day to day. Waking up and thinking how many minutes you can lie in bed before you have to get ready for work…
Watching the seconds tick away as you procrastinate until the end of the day.
But what about those future plans? When is the time for dreams?
Life doesn’t start at some indefinable point in the future, it doesn’t start tomorrow, it starts now.
This is an exercise designed to make those dreams of yours something tangible and achievable that you can start working on today.
It’s crammed full of NLP exercises, designed to motivate you and structure your thoughts to achieve your future goals.
It’s something you can do in a few minutes, but you can continue to use for years to come.
Whenever you’re feeling tired or de-motivated I want you to stop for a moment and perform this exercise. It only takes a couple of minutes, and once you get good at it, it will trigger automatically when you’re having doubts.
I want you to imagine a moment in the future where you have everything you’ve ever wanted: absolute happiness…
I doesn’t have to be a complete vision of success, just a moment in time where you feel like you’re there. Like you’ve won.
Maybe it’s sitting in front of a cosy fire surrounded by your future family…
Maybe it’s walking into your dream home for the first time…
Maybe it’s standing on top of that mountain you’ve always dreamed of climbing…
Now step inside yourself and think about what you see, what you hear, what you feel.
Maybe it’s the warm touch of a lover, the feeling of elation as you watch the sun rise over the peaks, the pride of finally achieving your goal.
Close your eyes and take a moment to feel this, to live this…
How does it feel? Good right?
I want you to save this in your mind. The sights, the sounds, the emotions. This will be your light at the end of the tunnel, the thing that get’s you out of bed in the morning, that lifts you up when you fall…
This is your “Anchor.”
I want you to give it a name. Make it real. Use it like a resource, a trump card. For the sake of this article let’s call it “Absolute Happiness.” Because that’s what it really is.
When you’re feeling demotivated I want you to close your eyes and perform this simple exercise.
See how it makes you feel now. Compare it to the state you were in a moment ago. Realise the “Trigger” that got you feeling the way you were.
Maybe it was something someone said that made you feel down, or something you saw, like looking at your bank statement.
When you get good at seeing the cues, it will trigger the thought of performing the anchor automatically.
If you want to take it further, you can take a deep breath and imagine side-stepping out of yourself.
Look down at your current self and think about what they look like. Think about how this state of mind will hinder them from achieving that goal.
Compare this to how you think being in the anchored state will help you to achieve your goal.
Shake your head at your other self and then step back inside and perform the Anchor.
Now I want you to image that this moment, Absolute Happiness, was going to be tomorrow.
How does that make you feel? Do you feel excited, nervous…prepared?
If you were to achieve your ultimate goal tomorrow, would you be ready for it?
Chances are, the answer is no.
Now can you see that your ultimate goal, absolute happiness, isn’t something that you can wave a magic wand and it will appear. It’s a process that you must build up to, that you must be prepared for, that you must achieve.
And how much better is achieving something than having it given to you?
This will help you bring that dream down to earth.
So let’s take a step back.
Now I want you to think about what it would take for you to be able to experience Absolute Happiness.
Perhaps in order to have the dream home you need a certain sum of money and financial security. If it’s the family you dream of, then perhaps you need to meet your future partner. And if you’re climbing the mountain, perhaps you first must have the physical or mental strength to achieve it.
So let’s make this the future goal. Because if you have this, you have the tools you need to experience the Absolute Happiness you named earlier.
Let’s call this “Readiness.”
Now I want you to think about how long it would take for you to achieve Readiness. If you started today that is, and put all your efforts into it. Just this one thing, nothing more.
Think about it…
Would it take 10 years? 2 years? 2 months?
Chances are, when you actually think about it, you could achieve this in a relatively short amount of time. Perhaps shorter than you’d previously thought.
Isn’t that amazing? To think that you could achieve Absolute Happiness in such a short period of time…if you started today.
So what would you need to do in order to achieve Readiness?
If you need a some of money and financial security, perhaps you would need to have a good job. If you needed to meet the partner of your dreams, then perhaps you would need the confidence to start and nurture a relationship. And if you needed the physical and mental strength to climb a mountain then perhaps you would need a personal trainer, or life coach.
So what would it take?
Let’s call this “The Vehicle.”
Think about what that Vehicle is for a moment…
So how long would it take for you to obtain The Vehicle?
What do you need to do in order to obtain The Vehicle?
Step back again, and again, and again, until you get to Today…
What do you need to do Today in order to achieve Absolute Happiness. Maybe it’s something as small as buying a book, hiring a life coach, or getting up an hour earlier.
Imagine if the road to achieving Absolute happiness started with something as simple as reading a book? Imagine that your road to Absolute happiness started toady?
Wouldn’t that be worth it?
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
To be able to think about something in this way is incredibly useful. To be able to say:
“In order to achieve (Absolute Happiness) I must first have (Readiness)…and in order to obtain (Readiness) I must first have (The Vehicle)…and in order to obtain The Vehicle I need to (insert action here) Today…”
These are your Life Gates.
So you see having an actionable plan with a time frame for achieving your life goals isn’t difficult. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to plan your life.
And there’s nothing stopping you from doing this today.
You see in this way, you are motivated by this moment you named earlier, your Anchor, your Absolute Happiness, whilst at the same time you can see The Vehicle you need to obtain Readiness.
That intangible dream that used to float somewhere off in the future has now been brought down to earth. We have defined it, defined what you need to achieve it, and set an action plan that you can start today.
I want you to practice this every time you are feeling lost or de-motivated. Re-live your moment, Anchor those feelings to now, then break it down in to small chunks, and focus on what you can do Today to achieve it.
Identify your Triggers, use your Anchor, practice Side-Stepping.
If you can plan in this way, then you Will achieve your moment. You will achieve Absolute Happiness.
And so you see minutes don’t matter: Plan in years, live in days.
I used to be a dreamer…
Now I’m a doer.