Your dream life will look different than everyone else’s because each of us is completely unique. No one but you has your combination of beliefs, thoughts, and values.
One thing is true for everyone though. Your dream life will be filled with all the things that are most important to you. Once you’re living life true to your values, that’s when it becomes your dream life.
So how do you know if you’re living a life true to your values or not? Well, if you’re unhappy with your life, or parts of it, or you feel like you’re wanting something more from life even if you’re not sure what, then you aren’t living life 100% according to your values yet.
If that’s the case, you need to figure out what your values are. If you haven’t done that, read this first.
Then, think about each of your values and take a real, honest look at your life as it is right now. Try to find the ways each value is represented in your life and the ways it isn’t.
You’ll want to take some time to think about this. Think about your life on a day-to-day basis. What do you spend most of your time doing? Who do you spend most of your time with.
1 = There’s no way in hell anyone would think this is one of your values because it’s not represented in your life at all.
10 = Damn, you’ve got that value wedged in every crack and crevice of your life!
Although you want to give this some careful thought, don’t agonize over it either. Just take a few minutes to take a hard look at your life and then pick a number based on your gut feeling.
It’ll likely be obvious if a value is well represented in your life or not, so don’t get stuck on if you should give it a 3 or 4, or a 7 or an 8. Go with your gut, write a number down and move on.
And that’s it. There’s no need to make it more complicated than it is. So now you know what your values are and how far off you are from living a life true to those values.
The next step is to make a plan for how to get your life closer to your values, which we’ll dive into next week.
Until then, how did this exercise go for you? Was it hard? Were you surprised by how your values matched up to your life right now? Let me know in the comments below.