Where do you want to be?
If you’re going to take a journey, it makes sense to know your destination. Otherwise, how do you know when you’ve gotten to the right place?
So as we’re starting our Change Life Campaign, the logical place to start is to figure out what changes you want to make. What would be the Dream You?
- Do you have any health issues you need to address?
- Do you like where you’re living?
- Do you want to move? Where?
- Is there anything you’d like to change about where you live now?
- Household improvements?
- Move stuff around?
- Do you want a different job? What job do you want?
- Is there some dream destination you want to visit, where is it?
- How long would you stay?
- Would you want anyone to go with you?
You’ll have different answers than anyone else, because different people are looking for different things.
Now it’s time for you to document what you would like to accomplish during your Change Life Campaign. I was in a training class where the instructor asked, “What is the difference between wishes and goals?” The answer: “Goals are written down.” So now is the time to get out paper and pencil (or, if you’re like me, multicolored pens) and start writing.
What format should you use? The format that will work best for you!
Here are a few ideas:
Make a list.
Your Change Life Campaign could start with a simple list of your answers. You might group them in different categories. You might decide to put them in order of importance. You might just want to scribble them down when you think of them. There are no wrong answers.
Make boxes on your page to categorize.
Some of you might want to make boxes on your page for different categories. Then you can group your ideas by category. You may write your ideas in a list format, or you could just go freeform and scribble them wherever you want in the box. Pick what works for you.
Make a mind map.
This one’s fun. You start with a blank piece of paper. Write the word ME in the middle of the page and circle it. Then put more circles around that one that includes areas of your life you want to address (health, home, etc.) Then you can branch out from those with other circles or just ideas.
For example, if you had a circle for Health, you may want to put other circles around it for Food, Exercise, etc. that you can branch off of (eat more vegetables, join a gym, etc.). You may want to put branches around your Health circle for things like get a flu shot, schedule a physical, etc. Or you might do a combination of both. Whatever captures your ideas best for you.
You’re not signing a contract in blood.
Maybe you start off doing a mind map, and it just doesn’t make sense for you. Or you start a list and decide you just want to free-form scribble. Go for it! There’s no law against changing how you capture your Dream You on paper. You’ll be checking back to this paper regularly, so you need to document in the clearest, most comfortable way for you.
And you’re off!
Now that you’ve clarified what your Change Life Campaign means to you, you can start to work on getting there. Next, we’ll get a better idea of where we’re starting. After all, you can’t get from Point A (where you are) to Point B (where you want to be) if you don’t know what they are!