Start Up Your Dream Jar

It was December 2018 in Cape Town and we were on holiday with the family. We had a magnificent Airbnb in Fresnaye that was overlooking the ocean. But we spent a few of our days driving out to Llandudno to visit friends who had rented a house out there.  We spent some wonderful nights all together.

 

The bends that take you from CT City to Llandudno are not ones to mess with. You do not take that drive if you are not experienced in Cape Town wind and especially if you have had as much as a lick (yes lick) of alcohol. One night we came across a car with a GP number plate that had lost the battle to those curves. Emergency services had already attended to the scene… but sheesh! Poor guy! Unfamiliar and navigating the bends at night… oh my!

It is a tough time for all of us… and for a lot of us we are having to press the reset button on our year and our lives. This year literally took a sharp curve around the Cape mountains in the dark of night with no experience of how to handle what was to come.

I have always been a dreamer. A big dreamer and my mom picked up on this from me when I was growing up. She insisted we write down and immortalize our dreams, in this way you hold only yourself accountable.

I have the same view with regards to unfamiliar territory… Perhaps I’m overly optimistic, perhaps I overly dream and plan. But I believe that with every new start, there comes a time to reflect and make changes in our lives. If I want to see results and manifest new plans, start by writing them down.

With many people all across the world in a complete frenzy and going into panic mode about what next, pull yourself away from that. See this as a re-do.

Every 3 months keep going back to the jar and constantly work on them. Of course, life happens, and things change, so by going back you adjust, change, amend the goals or dreams.

 

Remember to cover all seven areas of your life:

  • Finances
  • Career
  • Spirituality
  • Family
  • Mental Health/Intellectual Growth
  • Physical Health
  • Social

 

We cannot navigate the unseen. We cannot speed out of this pandemic around bends and curves without a sense of direction. Start somewhere.

So here what you need to start working on your dream jar:

 

  • A clear jar or grab a shoe box and coloured paper.
  • A black permanent marker and scissors.
  • There is no limit on the number of goals you can put in your jar, just make sure they are your goals and they are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based). Make sure you cover all seven areas of your life
  • Whilst it is important to be realistic with your goals, try not being very realistic. Dream a little more. Think big! Take a few leaps in your dreams. 
  • Take small pieces of paper and write your dreams. Fold your paper and insert it in the jar.
  • Keep the jar in a place where you will see it every day. I suggest your bathroom. Look at it every day and look at yourself in the mirror and keep telling yourself you will achieve them all. Keep imagining yourself as the person you dream of.
  • After the first 3 months, revisit all of your goals to track your progress. Celebrate every small win. Treat yourself! If you lost that 10kg, celebrate it! It’s YOUR win!
  • Always stay active on working on your goals. Constantly do something towards them every day – even if you deem it to be small. Never try brush small moves toward your goals as ‘nothing’. Put aside social media to add to the dream and the goal. No more excuses – remember, nectar adds up.

If you’re not so big on vision boarding on paper or creating a jar, there are apps too (I guess there are apps for everything!).

App suggestions:

  • Corkulous
  • Vision Board
  • Visuapp Vision Board
  • Higher Self Vision Board
  • My Vision Board App
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