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  • Writer's pictureShirley Baez

What Drives Us to Create the Life We Want to Live?

We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations we wish to achieve, right? The tricky part is: Connecting the dots between what we want and how to achieve those things. How do we find our purpose, set our long-term goals, and develop the habits of successful people? How do we create the life we want to live, starting today?

In this blog post, I will share some insights and tips from various sources that can help you answer these questions and take action toward your ideal vision for your life.

1. Find Your Purpose

The first step is to look inward — identifying your true self and the path that will bring you toward your ideal vision for your life. I truly believe that every person has a purpose in life. But learning how to find your purpose in life isn’t always a straightforward path. You have to learn how to figure out who you are first.

From a young age, outside pressure — whether from our friends, family, or society — causes us to lose touch with our inner passions and what we really want out of life. It takes some self-discovery and reflection to discover what you really love and connect that with how to serve others to help define your purpose.

I suggest writing down some of your ideas and random thoughts to gain insight and help define your purpose. Ask yourself the following questions to begin the process:

- What would you do if you never had to earn another dollar?

- What would you choose to do, even when it sucked?

- What did you love doing as a child?

- What makes you afraid of judgment?

- What makes you angry?

These questions can help you uncover your values, interests, strengths, and passions. They can also help you identify what problems you want to solve in the world and how you can use your unique gifts and talents to make a difference.

2. Set Long-Term Goals

Long-term goals refer to those dreams we hold in our hearts. They begin as aspirations and whispers of hope, but they become real when you decide to take action. Long-term goals can relate to your career, like starting a business or changing your profession. You may seek out financial goals like buying a house or paying for your child’s education. Perhaps you have personal aspirations in mind, like traveling the world or becoming a mentor.

They may seem out of reach at first, but we can achieve them with time, effort, and planning. Here’s how to set tangible, measurable goals:

- Break down long-term goals into baby steps: You need to know what specific steps to take each day, week, and month to achieve your goals.

- Establish metrics of success: KPIs (key performance indicators) will help you stay on the right track.

- Write down your goals and review them regularly: This will help you stay focused and motivated.

- Celebrate your progress and achievements: This will boost your confidence and reinforce positive behavior.

3. Learn the Habits of Successful People

You might look to accomplished people and wonder if they have superhuman strengths. The truth is they are ordinary people who have developed extraordinary habits. Habits are routines and behaviors that we repeat consistently until they become automatic. They shape our identity, our mindset, and our results.

If you want to create the life you want, you need to adopt the habits of successful people.

These habits may vary depending on your definition of success, but some common ones include:

- Reading books can expand your knowledge, improve your creativity, and inspire you.

- Exercising: Exercising can improve your physical health, mental health, and mood.

- Meditating can reduce stress, increase awareness, and enhance well-being.

- Journaling can help you process your emotions, clarify your thoughts, and express yourself.

- Networking can help you build relationships, learn from others, and find opportunities.

Of course, these are just some examples of habits that can help you create the life you want. You can choose any habits that suit your goals and preferences. The key is to be consistent and persistent with them until they become part of who you are.

4. Take Action Today

The final step is to TAKE ACTION today. Don't wait for the perfect moment or the perfect plan. Start with what you have and where you are. Take small steps every day toward your goals and purpose. Don't let fear or doubt stop you from pursuing your dreams. Trust yourself and strive to have the best life ever.

If you decide to take charge of your life now, just imagine your life in the next couple of years. Love yourself enough to be the guidance you need in your life.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to create the life you want to live. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear from you.

Shirley Baez

CEO and Founder of LeadHERship Academy

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