Sometimes, the simplest things can be the most powerful.
Back in 1987, I had what most people would consider a good corporate job. Every day, I’d get dressed in an elegant suit, grab my Italian leather briefcase, hop into my silver Nissan 280ZX sports coupe, and head to 101 California Street in San Francisco’s Financial district.
From the outside, my life looked terrific. But it felt terrible.
My work was literally making me sick. I suffered from horrible stomachaches, and I was incredibly depressed… and desperate. Desperate to find a new career.
A friend of mine who was working on his Masters in Career Counseling suggested that I spend 10 minutes, twice a day, doing a simple visualization. I only did it once a day, but I did it faithfully.
I began by closing my eyes and imaging my ideal day. I saw myself in a house with a big deck, surrounded by trees. In the morning, I would sit out on that deck, drink coffee with my man (whom I hadn’t met yet) and read the paper.
I saw myself in my home office, flipping open my appointment book. There was a lot of variety in my days. Most days, I had appointments with clients, helping them with their money problems. Other days, I had public speaking gigs or television and radio interviews.
As soon as I came out of my visualization, I did the second part of this exercise, which was to write down all the details I had imagined in my ideal day. This is when the voices in my head would start in: “Who do you think you are? You’ll never have all that. How can you even dare think it?”
Nevertheless, I kept doing the visualization and writing every day. And every day, those voices would tell me that I was a fool to think I could have such a perfect life.
But you know what? Everything I saw in those visualizations came to be.
At the time, I had no way of knowing the power of this simple exercise. I did it on faith. When my own thoughts were telling me it was useless, stupid and a waste of time, I stayed the course and kept at it.
I honestly believe it changed my life.
If you want to make a change in your career or any area of your life, I encourage you to do this simple yet powerful visualization.
- Set aside 5 minutes every morning (and every evening, if you can) to sit in a quiet place and imagine your ideal day. Just as you want it to be from the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to sleep at night.
- Let yourself see it exactly as you want it to be, but also let yourself be surprised and delighted by some of the images or scenes that may show up for you.
- What do you see? How do you feel? What are you doing? Who’s with you? Where are you?
- Then, after you’ve seen your day as you want it to be, write it down. In detail.
Don’t underestimate the power of this simple exercise. I continue to use it to this day. In fact, it played a huge part in my evolution when I first felt called to teach other people how to have a rewarding career as a Financial Recovery Counselor and Money Coach.
You, too, can live the life you imagine. You can have a career that supports who you are and the lifestyle you desire. If you can imagine it, you can make it so. Don’t let those negative voices in your head, or the discouraging comments from certain people you may know, discourage you or tell you otherwise.
What does your ideal day look like? Leave a comment below this post and share the aspects of your ideal day that bring you the most joy or excitement. By writing it here, you make it so.