A writing exercise that will make your perfect day a reality

A writing exercise that will make your perfect day a realityVisualize your perfect day.

I’ve been working through Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year Workbooks for a few weeks now. I was moving along fine, until I got to one particular prompt: Describe your perfect day.

I don’t know why, but doing this seemed so daunting. How do I imagine my perfect day? There’s so much it could contain.

But then, this morning, I was walking my dog on the bay, feeling so joyful at my ability to do this everyday, and I realized how I could approach the perfect day assignment.

Here are a few ways to make this a really powerful activity:

1. Take a dog’s eye view.

I often think about writing from a bird’s eye view versus a dog’s eye view. Am I approaching the topic from far away, and looking at it as a whole, or am I on the ground, really experiencing it?

In order to write my perfect day, I needed to get down into it. To smell, taste, and hear it. To live it, minute by minute, as if it were a real day.

I also got really specific. I wrote about the type of bed I would wake up in, the food I would cook for dinner. The more specific writing is, the more real it seems.

As you write about your perfect day, keep the 5 senses in mind. What do you eat? How does it smell? What feeling is in your body? And be super specific. Surround yourself by the specific things and people you want in your life.

2. Write in the present tense.

Instead of writing, “I will wake up early,” write, “I wake up early.”

By changing from future to present tense, the writing activity takes on a new power. It’s like a visualization, where you imagine yourself doing those things now. And if you do this frequently, you become the person you imagine.

When you write about your perfect day, don’t write about it as something that might happen, or that you want to happen, but that’s already a part of your life.

3. Instead of focusing on experiencing, emphasize doing.

I heard Hal Elrod talk about his visualization practice on Pat Flynn’s most recent podcast, and he said that it’s more powerful to imagine yourself creating the life you want than to just imagine having it. (Those weren’t his exact words, but close enough.)

By focusing on your own actions, you give yourself a game plan for what you can do to move your life forward. And you’ll start doing those actions because you’ll see how powerful they are.

So as you write about your perfect day, don’t imagine it happening to you, but rather, visualize making it happen.

Here’s my perfect day exercise, if you’re interested in reading it.

I wake up in a Tempurpedic bed, around 6:30 AM, and go for a walk to watch the sunrise with Kaia. As I walk down to the bay, my body feels light and comfortable. I’m wearing Lululemon pants and a comfortable yet form fitting top. I stop to smile at people who pass by, flashing a grin, and feeling proud of my appearance. I am slim and fit, with a spring in my step.

After watching the sunrise for 10 minutes while Kaia runs around, I walk back home, where I make myself a healthy breakfast and a strong, delicious cup of coffee. Then I sit down to write.

My blog already has a few months of saved material, but I sit down every morning and write, adding the new entry to the blogging schedule.

After I blog, I take a few minutes to write down my goals for the day, and to check into my monthly goals as well. I smile, seeing that I am on track.

Then I spend a few hours connecting with people online. I’ve created a Facebook group that now has over 5,000 members, and I chat with some of the people in the group about how their businesses are doing. I also stop by a few other groups and check in, and then respond to messages on Twitter.

I go out for coffee with a close friend, and we spend time genuinely connecting and being in the moment together.

When I get back home, I put my running clothes on and go for a 40 minute jog. I’ve gotten down to a 10 minute mile. I turn up the volume on my phone and hear the music pounding in my ears, pushing me to run further, faster. I’m exhilarated by the run and come home covered in a light sheen of sweat.

Then I spend 30 minutes in a warm luxurious shower before getting back to work.

I’m creating an online course with a partner, and  we take the next 2 hours to talk and create together. My part of the course is on writing and creating, and her part is about business planning. As we talk, we get more excited about our upcoming course, playing off of each other and creating something that’s better than anything either of us could have created on our own. We end the session bursting with creative energy and excited to meet again in a few days.

Following the session, I check in on social media briefly to reconnect with people, and then grab my Kindle and a towel and head out for the beach.

It’s a beautiful day, with the waves gently brushing the shore, the seagulls sliding overhead. I dig my toes into the sand and relax into the book. As I feel the slight breeze against my bare skin, I feel like I am exactly where I am meant to be at that moment.

After a few hours, I go home to make dinner. I’m cooking a delicious roast chicken with my mom’s lemon chicken recipe, rice, and sauteed string beans with slivered almonds. My home fills with the scent of scrumptious food, and I sing along to my music on Spotify as I cook.

Daniel comes home awhile later. We chat about our days, really taking the time to listen and empathize. Then I kiss him and get back to work. We have guests coming for dinner.

Soon, they start to arrive. We have 8 people coming over, and with each, my smile widens. I really love these people.

During dinner, we talk about topics that really mean something to us. The conversation is interesting and deep, with frequent bursts of laughter from everyone there.

Finally, after hours of eating and laughing, the guests leave one by one. I look out at the city lights, so grateful for the day I had, and knowing that I’ll have one just like it tomorrow.