Making all of these decisions about following my dreams has forced my brain into overdrive this week! it has been an intense (emotionally) couple of weeks. Excluding the time that I was so sick last week i have not been able to stop my mind from generating idea after idea after idea. There seems to be so much to think about and so many things to do…i need to decide between Typepad and WordPress, i need to design my brand, i need to decide on etsy, big cartel or my own shop, i need to finish up the lessons from the biz class, i need to create some actual products, i need to be writing blog posts…i could go on forever. And unfortunately patience is not a virtue that I am good with so I want it all to happen right now.
So, in order to keep it all in perspective and to remember my truth I have developed a few practices that seem to be working for me to aid in controlling the mental chaos.
With the encouragement of my Life Coach Lisa, I have intentionally developed the habit of waking up and immediately going into the bathroom to brush my teeth. It may sound silly but I use this little routine to set my intentions for the day. I don’t mean practical intentions like cleaning the house or finishing a project, i mean mental intentions around how I want to feel and who I want to be throughout the day. Before I developed this habit I would jump out of bed and immediately start into something….email, dishes, a project, etc. And I wouldn’t make it back into the bathroom to brush my teeth until an hour later. But this isn’t really about dental hygiene – its about the practice of setting intention. And it works for me.
Another thing I have learned is that I need constant reminders in front of me to keep my mind focused and to keep from stepping into a victim or overwhelm mindset. I have post-it notes in my bathroom with affirmations and/or quotes (i change them often). I have them on my nightstand and on the fridge and most importantly above my computer monitor.
Again, this practice that I have may sound silly but I believe that these little things are really helping me to stay focused on the realities that I want to create in my life. They help me remember to dream big and to not shrink back into a victim mindset. This is powerful and I encourage you to try it.
And one more thing I have been doing is keeping a notebook (yes, a moleskine) right next to me at all times so I can jot down any idea that comes into my mind. This can be anything from a product I want to create to a website I want to be sure to explore more. I have to do this because it seems to free up space in my brain. If I get the idea out of my head and onto the paper it relieves me of the pressure of remembering it later and possibly the experience of loss if I forget it. Since I started this practice I feel like my mind is lighter and not so overwhelmed and scared of forgetting something.
There are tons of small practices like these that can be used to stay in line with intentions. I honestly believe that it is the small practices that turn into daily habits that create the lives that dreams are made of.
Do you have any habits or daily practices that help you stay focused on your dreams?