I talked recently about how you can make a start if you want to live the dream you aspire to.
Journaling and vision boards are simple things you can start with. But the next steps to take if you want to live the dream are somewhat harder. It is not enough to visualise and imagine – we need to take concrete steps too!
Don’t despair. The world we live in these days supports us so much with taking practical action around travel and relocation. I could never have achieved what I manifested in Italy without several stints working via Workaway – a website offering unpaid jobs where you get free board and food in return for five hours work a day. It was a life saver for me on several occasions. Or housesitting in California which is how I initially based myself there.
And so many times I stayed in AirBnBs, which would not have been possible ten years ago. It gave me the flexibility to travel as I needed and wanted. And Ubers – a new one to me as we don’t have them in Ireland – were handy to help me explore too!
So taking the practical steps is what’s next. Booking five days to somewhere where we think we would like to live.
Joining a writing group, so that you can keep exploring your ideas about your life is important too. For me, I joined a playwright’s lab in Provincetown on Cape Cod and a few months later I was writing a play. And performing in several other plays. Which then led me to joining a memoir group and getting such supportive feedback about my writing, I kept going.
Did any of this cost me much? Hardly anything. I was taking practical steps to following my dreams. There is so much written about visualising as if it is a tool to manifesting. Yes, it helps for sure. But the clearer you get about what will help you live your dream, and the more swiftly you take practical action, the faster it manifests.
For me, sailing had been put on the backburner for so long, I had almost forgotten how important it is to me. Then the clues started coming everywhere. And I mean everywhere! First, an old love, now blessedly back in my life, bought a boat, with the intention of sailing solo around Ireland. Which he is now quietly doing.
I learnt a lot from watching him prepare. He was stonewalled every step of the way in trying to upgrade his technology. He set off anyway, and it’s all working out just fine.
French friends buying a boat. Swiss friends taking up sailing. Everything around me was pointing me back to the water. So I, too, started looking.
I did a short navigation course early in the year. Then, frustrated with my lack of progress, I looked further afield. Suddenly, I saw that on the Isle of Wight I could do several courses back to back and get all the theory out of the way in one fell swoop. Leaving me freer to sail and enjoy life on-board later in the year!
It has all worked out beautifully. But it did not happen straight away. I had to keep looking, keep searching. Which I did.
As you must too. Your local area may not have the courses or opportunities you crave. Look further afield. Trust your instincts. Do not let your friends or family keep you small (that’s a big one!). If it is not a “hell, yes” then it is a no. For sure.
In my case, I need to humbly learn the important elements of sailing theory before I can move to celestial navigation. Then a phase of practising my new skills comes next. I am deliberately doing it this way, so I can put my hard-learned theory into practice when I sail the Mediterranean and cross the Atlantic later on the year.
Buying my own boat comes last. I can’t wait. I’m loving the looking around, the hanging around boatyards – that is half the fun!
But, before that too, there is new structure to be put in my business so I can continue serving my clients at the highest level. Which is why I am moving to a trio of sessions, and ceasing single sessions.
So that I can help you manifest your dream life too. Sooner than you ever imagined!
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