What do you want? Do the “ideal day” test!

I’ve come across many people lately who don’t know what they want or at least who think they don’t. And not knowing what we want can be very depressing since we have no clue which direction to go, which actions to take and which ones not to take. With no direction at all the chance is big that we will have the feeling that things just happen to us in life instead of that we “create” things or situations.

I believe that we feel happier, more successful and more self-fulfilled if we have a direction, even if it is a vague direction. A direction allows us to set ourselves goals and once we have goals, we can decide which actions we need to take. Besides, it is much easier to say NO to things that are not in line with our goals or direction. So it all starts with the direction!

But the question is of course, how do we find out which direction we want to go? This is a BIG question and finding an answer can be very hard.

However, there is a very simple exercise that can give us some hints about the life we want to lead. And even if you know which direction to go, the exercise can be very helpful and give important insights about what we wish for ourselves. And the best thing is it only takes about 10 minutes to do it!

So take some paper and a pen, or use your computer or laptop. Take a comfortable position. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths while you focus on your tummy, open your eyes again and answer the following question:

How does your ideal day look like?

Think about:

  •  What time do you get up?
  • Where do you get up?
  • Are you alone or are you with someone?
  • What is the first thing you do, what do you do next?
  • Who do you spend time with/meet?
  • How do you feel?
  • What do you eat?
  • How do you close your day?
  • What time do you go to bed?
  • Etc.

Write down everything that comes to your mind, even though it is not realistic or in line with your current life. Don’t be judging towards yourself. And don’t forget, on your ideal day everything is possible!

When I first did this exercise about 2 years ago my day from then was quite different from my ideal day. When I did the same exercise a few months ago again, I realized that my ideal day was very close to my actual day. And I was so happy since my actions from the time between the first and the second test were worth it!

The best thing is to do the test every once in a while so you get a good idea of where you are and where you want to go.


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4 Responses to What do you want? Do the “ideal day” test!

  1. Maria says:

    Your exercise sounds like an excellent reality check, especially the “How do you feel” part.
    I’ll link to it as soon I can fit it into my blog.
    Thank you for your post :-)

  2. Pingback: Reality Check | Create the Life You Want

  3. Maria says:

    Hi, Anna,
    I just posted the article I mentioned. Link: the pingback above.

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