Picture your perfect day. What would you be doing, who would you be with, where would you be, how would you act and be treated, would you have any special items with you? Paint the picture of your perfect day. If you are having trouble, this is normal. There’s nothing wrong with you. To help you along the process, here are some questions you can ask yourself to get the ball rolling: Think about the last time you smiled, why did you smile? When was your last real hearty belly-laugh, who was with you what were you doing and what made you laugh? What really makes you light up and feel alive?

Now get even bigger. What does your dream life look like? Would you keep re-living that perfect day over and over again? If you are having trouble, try to think about who you are impressed with. Think of a person or people who you have met and heard their life story. Or think of a person who’s biography you have read (for me it is Steve Jobs and Elon Musk). Who are the types of people you find most interesting, awe-inspiring and fun to be around? What do they do? How do they act? Maybe they have traveled to 50 different countries and started their own e-commerce business. These things can help give you clues to how you want your life story to go. What stories would you be proud to share with the stranger sitting next to you on a flight OR to your future grandkids (if you so choose to have kids).

First think about your perfect day, then your perfect life, and what you want your journey to be like. The best way to be happy with your results is to to align your goals with your value system. So, what story do you want to tell?

We hear it across various media platforms and at our commencement speeches that go viral, “follow your passion” and to “dream big.” That’s all well and good, but for those of us who may not have that one thing we are passionate about, or maybe we have multiple interests but no passion, or maybe we have multiple passions…it may be hard to choose one pathway. What will you choose to focus your energy on? Does it draw you strong enough to the point where you would be willing to do the hard work it takes to accomplish that goal? In time, the answer may become clearer. You may go down many different paths and realize you want to make a U-turn. Make a plan, make a change, and stick to it. There is very little that you cannot reverse. Nothing is ever so set in stone. People will protest you and try to make you choose the rational path out of fear and necessity but they do not live your day-to-day life so why would you let their opinions determine your day for every single day? You cannot please everyone and you won’t make it out of life alive. You don’t need to be a millionaire to live a comfortable lifestyle either.

Turn your dream life into your real life. Only you can do it. The time will never be perfect because we will always have an excuse big enough to deter and delay action. Inaction is the comfortable bed we make every morning after dreaming about the life we want but will never try to attain.

Sometimes figuring out your passion is the hardest step in the process, the next hardest step is dedicating yourself to the process and finding that inner drive to keep moving forward. What does success look like to you and how will you achieve it in your life? Let me know in the comments!