Today I’m going to go a bit off my usual path and ask that you do a simple exercise while reading this post. The message and purpose behind this post, is based on the assumption that you will take the time to do the simple exercise. It shouldn’t take you more than 10-15 minutes at most, but will undoubtedly leave a lasting effect. I realize I’m not the first person to talk about the benefits of visualization, but for those who have yet to dive into the world of visualizing, I wanted to share you with an exercise that has helped me tremendously in my own personal life.
The Simple Exercise [The truth is, many of those who read this post won’t take the time to do this simple yet powerful technique. Don’t be one of those people.]
First get comfortable and close your eyes. Take a deep breathe and imagine what you your ideal life would look like in five years time. Who do you spend most of your time with? Do you enjoy your career? Is it fulfilling? What do you spend most of your time doing? Are you over flowing with joy? Feel the colors in the picture you paint. Are you eating healthy? Do you take small walks each and everyday? Do you read to stimulate your mind? Do you get angry over small things that in the end won’t matter? Do you let excessive worry prevent you from enjoying the present moment? Do you easily give up in the face of adversity?
Take a moment and really feel the reality you so badly want. See the sights for what they are and notice the joy it brings you. Finished? Good. Let’s continue.
Themes of Happiness
You may be under the impression that doing this exercise will help you create the reality that you just spent time imagining, which may be partly true. But I’m also here to tell you that wasn’t exactly the point. Huh? The purpose of the exercise wasn’t to make you salivate over what may or may not lie in the future, but instead show you that you don’t have to wait five years to live out the reality you think you want. Take a moment and recall what you just spent 10 minutes thinking about. Were your thoughts filled with material possessions? Or did you simply have freedom
on your mind? Did you visualize spending your time with people you didn’t know or didn’t care about? Or did you instead project yourself spending time with people you love now
? I’m going to go off on a limb and guess that what you visualized didn’t consist of only material possessions. Sure, you may have visualized a beautiful home for your family and yourself to live in, but I’m willing to wager that that wasn’t what inspired you. If I had to take a wild guess, I’d also say that your fantasy isn’t as far away from your current reality as you may think.
You Don’t Have To Wait
If you spent your time thinking about how much more loved you’ll be five years from now, why not begin loving yourself and others now
? If you spent your time thinking about how badly you want a meaningful career, you can start today by taking the small steps
needed to make that happen. You see, this exercise was designed to make you realize this: All you need for the life you want, is right underneath your nose. All that you have to do is shift your mindset to one of abundance.
The reason we close our eyes to the amazing blessings we have is because it’s fun to have something to look forward to. But when you alter the way you view your current situation things become almost magical in how amazing life is. I’m not saying you shouldn’t strive for your future goals or aspirations. I’m not saying your future isn’t something to be excited about. But waiting for happiness is like waiting for the for the mailman to come on Sunday. The truth is, it doesn’t need to take five years to learn that you should never sweat the small stuff. It doesn’t need to take 5 years for you to discover that relationships are everything. It doesn’t need to take 5 years for you to create a meaningful career that you enjoy. Much of what you want and desire begins now. Your five year dream begins today. Are you ready?