- Separate what you’ve always done from what you’d like to do and who you would like to become.
- Spend 15 minutes using your imagination to dream outside the boundaries that have encircled your life.
- Ask yourself the question: What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail and money wasn’t an issue?
- Try out activities you have never done. Take a new way home from work; learn enough Spanish to say “hello” and “have a good day” to Spanish-speaking people you meet.
- Take time to visit or talk with a person who is doing something you’ve always dreamed of doing. Volunteer to help them for a day.
- Review your life and highlight the big decisions that led you to your career choices, hobbies and friendships. Are you satisfied with these decisions? Is there any pruning necessary to make room for new growth?
- Convene a support group that will help you expand your horizons and challenge you to reach beyond your limited idea of what you can achieve.
- Find one place in your life for the thing that you feel passionate about-something that you dreamed of before you sang, “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be.”
- Take note of the people you admire or look up to, and meditate on why you project your own “gold” or disowned gifts onto another person.
- Don’t let your fears define who you are. Make a list of what you fear and off set these with the facts. Say “yes” to the things that give your life purpose.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
If I have made of my life something particular, and real
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
Or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. (“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver)