Just for a moment, try shifting the perception of time in you life. If you are looking back from age ninety, what would you want to say about your life? This is a fun exercise in creativity and fantasy. It is up to you where you take it next. When you look at it this way, it is as if life has just begun.
Blast Off Exercises:
- Imagine you’ve just died and lived the life of your dreams. Pretend you’re the journalist or loved one who is writing your obituary.
- Describe your dream life in the past tense, as if it had already happened.
- Using the 3rd person (“she” or “he” rather than “I”), recount what you achieved and what kind of person you became. Be as vivid and specific as possible.
- Don’t worry about being ridiculous. Just let your imagination run free.
Follow these simple rules to bring passion and abundance into your life:
Imagine living to be at least 90. When you allow yourself the possibility of living almost a century, all sorts of things you thought you were too old to do suddenly seem worth attempting. Just turned forty? Want to learn the violin? By the time you’re ninety, you’ll have been playing fifty years!
Go for what gives you joy. No sense fantasizing you’re a nuclear physicist if you hate math. On the other hand, if you love wild animals, why not envision going on an African safari? One of my clients is on a monkey safari right now in Africa.
Don’t shy away from pursuits that take a long time to pay off. Mastering a difficult skill or earning an advanced degree is not as daunting as it sounds when you take it step by step. Even if you have to pass several levels of remedial math and English before enrolling in a single class for college credit, it’s still only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.
Don’t let a lack of money (or anything!) come between you and your dreams. There are all sorts of ways to raise cash or circumvent the need for it. You can take a second job, get a loan from a bank, or barter your skills. It’s even possible that you may receive an inheritance from a long lost relative in the exact amount necessary to fund your endeavor. Stranger things have happened.