6 Steps to Build Your Ideal Life

01/22/2013

Perfect day photoLife doesn’t have to be perfect to be fulfilling. In fact, perfection is all in the way you view your life. That said, some lives are more fulfilling to the person living them than others.

You can build a life that suits your dreams. Certainly not overnight, but in time, your life can be your dream life. 

1. Be Honest About Who You Are

You’ve gone through the traditional routes of success and you feel like something is missing. You’ve made it through college, maybe an advanced degree, and you’re currently climbing the corporate ladder. But something is missing and that something is your happiness. Whatever it is that makes you happy, you have to be honest about what that is, whether you're all about tradition or a free spirit at heart. 

2. What Are Your Life’s Dreams?

Can you picture your ideal life? What you would be doing? Where you would be living? If you’re unable to picture it, then it’s unlikely to happen. Pinpoint what your ideal set up would look like.

3. What Do You Require?

If you’re a big spender, keep that in mind when you’re thinking about careers. Do you need a big house, fancy cars, and designer cloths? The simpler you live, the easier it is to have flexibility in your life.

Ideal life photo

4. Look to Those Who Have Already Done What You Want To Do

Pick three people who are where you want to be and see how they got where they are. Contact them and see how they got where they are today. Read their bio’s or listen to interviews. The best way to lay out a step by step plan is to look to one that has worked. 

5. Save Your Pennies

The more you have saved for a rainy day, the more room you have to workThe key to good budgeting is to avoid over complicating the issue. I make a budget that includes all my fixed expenses first including rent or mortgage, utilities, cable, car payments, cell phones, etc. -- basically, all my expenses that remain the same each month.

Next, decide how much you can spend on food, eating out, entertainment, and gas each week. Be realistic about what works for you. Then decide how much you can spend on extras every month. These can include wedding gifts, travel expenses, pet grooming, or a new outfit. Keep all your receipts and at the end of the week calculate what you spent on both food/entertainment and extras.

6. You're in Control

The most important thing to remember is that you're in control of your life. You're in control of the story, so don't let anyone else write it for you. If you're unhappy, take the steps today to begin to move in the right direction. The world would be a much happier place if everybody fulfilled their life's passions, no matter what they are.

Photo: Thinkstock/Jupiterimages

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Sara Novak writes about health and wellness for Discovery Health. Her work is also regularly featured in Breathe Magazine and on SereneKitchen.com. She has written extensively on food policy, food politics, and food safety.


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