Be Clear on Your Core Values
Before setting goals, you need to understand what your core values are. What do you stand for? What are the most important things in your life?
Vales are things like love, security, adventure, passion and success. Once you’re clear on your values, you’re able to make decisions about what to do with your life.
It’s important to understand that other people can’t decide your values for you. We’re all different, and that’s why it’s difficult to just read online about what to do. It’s about self-inquiry and figuring this out on your own.
As Mahatma Ghandhi once said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Shift From a Goal Mindset to a Value Mindset
One you have your values established, think about the goals you’ve had and ask yourself why you want to achieve them. What is the result of the goals that is aligned with your values?
How do you want to feel when you’ve achieved your goals?
What this does is help you focus on the feeling that comes in the future, rather than the specific goals themselves.
Then you are able to visualize yourself having already achieved that goal. It brings the outcome into the present, and you start aligning your current mental state with the reality of having already achieved the goal.
You can visualize in more areas of your life. What would your average day look like? What kinds of decisions are you making?
Go really deep and even incorporate this into your meditation practice.
See and Feel Your Vision Every Day
Every day make sure you’re spending time to visualize the future you’re creating, and then incorporate this into your daily practices.
When you’re in the show, imagine yourself in a state of living our your values. Think about what your day would look like.
Be mindful in the present moment about which parts of your day are matched with the value based future that you’re creating.
Over time, you’ll start to see that the difference between the future you want to create and the present is getting smaller. Before you know it, they will be one and the same.