26 Jan Designing the life you want. How to build your ‘blue sky’ list.
“If you live for the weekends and vacations, your shit is broken.” Gary Vaynerchuk
Here’s a simple concept that will give you clarity, inspiration, direction and probably some very cool ideas?
Take a break right now and ‘blue sky’ your ideal life. Be brutally honest with yourself. This won’t work unless you are.
Do a ‘brain dump’ of all the things you love and like doing and all the things you want to do.
It’s a personal ‘to do list’ of the things you want to happen. It’s a shopping list of personal growth ideas and rewarding experiences.
Long term goals are fine but be sure to break them down into smaller tasks where required.
Here are some questions and ideas to get you thinking:
- Focus on the things that give you joy. What makes you happy?
- Do you greet the day early in excited anticipation of what lies ahead or do you live in dread and loathing of your daily grind and routine?
- How’s your health, fitness and diet?
- Are there habits you need to lose and others you need to acquire?
- Are there relationships you need to mend and others you need to sever?
- Regardless of your age, how do you see the rest of your working life playing out?
- What do you really want to do with that time?
- What about retirement? Where do you see yourself living? Why? Will you be living in comfort or forced to watch every penny like 90% of retirees?
- What are your passions? What do you really love to do? What gets you juiced and excited?
Take the time to include everything you want and exactly how you want your life to look,
I like to re-visit my ‘blue sky list’ every morning, which is easy because it’s fixed to the tiles in my shower.
I’m not saying everything on my list is doable. I know many of the things I’ve written down will probably not happen. But I know many will and already have because the answer is always “no” until you ask.
The power of a ‘blue sky list’ is a consistent, almost subconscious focus.
You probably already know this but giving focus and energy to something helps you attract it into your life.
For years I dreamed of sailing Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands.
The idea of being on the ocean in that beautiful part of the world and slicing through the wind in search of a place to drop anchor for the night, sat at the top of my ‘blue sky list’ for quite some time.
A couple of years back, it happened. Christine and I chartered a yacht and explored deserted white sandy beaches, discovered aboriginal cave paintings, caught our own seafood dinner and had the time of our lives. Pinch me!!
Many of the things I’ve worked to achieve started out as ideas on my ‘blue sky list’ including live events, my businesses and the book you’re reading now!
Your ‘blue sky list’ will also come in handy on days when everything seems to run off the rails.
Successful entrepreneurs are good at overcoming obstacles, disappointments and set backs and your list will prove useful on days when things just don’t go as planned because you’re reminded of your goals and past victories and you understand setbacks are temporary. That’s the simple power of an idea.