When it comes to making changes in my life, one of the things that doesn’t work for me is to just jump in and do it right now in this moment. If I do that, I’ll end up sabotaging myself or making excuses.
I like to set a date for when the change will be implemented. That way it’s on my terms and I can get prepared for it.
It takes being mentally ready for a change before you’ll ever be able to implement it and make it stick. So I like to work my way up to a change, by setting a date and deciding that once the date comes, I will officially be implementing the change.
For me, that date is August 8, the day after I move to Austin. I’m ready to go to the next level in my writing life and life in general, and so I’m bringing on a lot of changes once I get to my new home for the next year.
This morning I spent an hour journaling and doing mindset work. Daily mindset work is a non-negotiable for me, but as I’m approaching August 8, the mindset work is even more important.
Because I’m about to embark on a whole new way of being.
These changes I’m making aren’t just things that sound good to me, these are things I absolutely know on a soul-level that I need to do if I want to get to the next level in my writing career and more. They’ve come up over and over and over again for me over the last couple years and I know it’s now time to implement them for real.
How did I figure out what changes I needed to make? I just asked myself one very simple question: what would it take for me to step into the next-level version of myself right now?
I journaled on it. For pages and pages and pages.
And some of the answers that came up looked like this:
> Stop eating refined sugar and carbs
> Break a sweat for at least 20 minutes a day
> Strict discipline around doing the things that matter, first things first
> Try/learn something new on a daily basis
> Create more passive income through my business
> Unleash my super-secret project on the world (that only five people besides me currently know about)
> Only say yes to things that are a HELL YES!!
> Continue up-leveling and creating bigger, bolder beliefs that support me achieving all the things I dream of
That’s quite a load to take on!! If you choose to see it that way. But I don’t.
I choose to see it as, this is who I now get to BE.
I now get to BE someone who takes care of their body and mind and who is disciplined as fuck around doing what matters and who creates more and more success by releasing the old and embracing the new. I get to BE this person.
And by being this person, I get to receive more of what I’m asking for in life… more success, more money, more impact. That’s what the next level looks like for me.
So, what would the next level version of YOU look like? What would she be like? What would she spend her time doing? What would she look like, physically? What choices would she make? What kind of mindset, habits and discipline would she have?
I want you to grab your journal and really dig in and answer those questions. Because the answers that come up for you could be exactly what you need to get to the next-level version of yourself.
But you have to be willing to make the change. You have to be willing to take the actions that are aligned with you now being that next-level version of you.
Or you have to be OK with things always being the same as they are now (or a slightly different version of how they are now). Because changes can’t make themselves. You have to make them.
So journal on the question I just gave you–what would it take for you to step into the next-level version of yourself right now?–and then set the date and start acting from that place.
Dream life or bust,