Several years ago I was torn. I was going through a period where I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but I knew it wasn’t the life that I had. I was unhappy in my work. My love life wasn’t what I wanted it to be (as I was single). And there were more experiences, and even toys that I wanted in my life. But I wasn’t sure exactly what to do about all that.

I took a pad and paper and went to my favorite spot in Tallahassee, Lake Ella. I found a quiet place to sit and write, and I just started writing. I wrote down exactly what I wanted to have as a life. I wrote the kind of work I’d like to be doing, that I’d have a college degree, that I’d have a great relationship, that I’d have a wave runner, that I’d own a house, that I’d be self employed, on and on. I did this for about 3 pages. Then I visualized what it would be like to have each of those experiences, and tried to let myself actually feel the feelings that came with the visualizations. I put that pen and pad away and forgot about it, and went on living my life.

Several years later I was cleaning out an old keepsake chest of mine and came across some of my journals. Flipping through one of them, I came across that old “What I want” writing. As I read it, I was awestruck. I’d accomplished nearly everything I wrote on those pages, including getting a degree (and I wasn’t even in school when I wrote that), becoming self-employed, getting a wave runner, etc, etc. It was an amazing experience to sit there and hold those pages in my hand.

Since then I recently came across a speaker, Frank Kern, talking about the same thing. As suggested by a mentor/friend of his, he’d written out “My Ideal Day” and he went on to explain how he did it. After hearing him explain it, I immediately took an hour and did the same. I knew from my previous experience that this stuff worked, even when stumbling into it by accident, so it just made sense that it could be even more effective if I actually made it a conscious effort, and applied some techniques that I was learning were most effective. Truth be told, I can already see it working in my life. Its only been a few months, but synchronistic things that are hard to explain have already happened, and I know it is because I have gotten more clear on my vision of what I want.

The exercise is as follows: Write down what your typical perfect day would be like. If you had to live a single day over and over and be perfectly content with it, what would it look like? And make sure as you answer write this out in first person, as if you are doing it now. Here are some of the questions. And be as specific as possible in the answers:

Where would you live?
What would house look like?
What would it smell like?
What would you do in the morning?
What would you have for breakfast?
What would you be thinking about?

Where would you spend the first half of the day?
What would you have for lunch?
Who would you eat with?
What would your friends be like?
What would you do for personal fulfillment?
What life purpose would you strive towards?
What would your business be?
What time would you start work?
What would you actually do at work?
What are your clients like?
What is relationship like with spouse? Family?
What would you do for family time?
Where would you eat?
Who would you eat with?
What would you talk about?
Who would you do it with?
What time would you go to bed?
What would that look like?
What would you think about when you go to bed?
Who would you be next to (if anyone)?

Doing this exercise works. Plain and simple. It works even faster and more powerfully if you can also make a “vision board” where you crop some pictures and put them up on a collage of sorts that helps you keep aspects of this vision in mind. I use my desktop, and I also have a “mind movie” with affirmations and accompanying pictures that play like a movie, set to an upbeat song about gratitude. It helps me keep visualizing and feeling the accompanying feelings related to what it will be like to have these experiences that I desire.
I also have a reminder on my bathroom mirror that says “that which I desire, which is aligned with spirit, is on its way…no worries”.

I’ll elaborate more on the “mind movie” and affirmations and techniques for using them, but for now the Perfect Day exercise is sufficient, and very powerful. And I actually found it to be fun. Give it a try and see if you don’t plant some seeds in your subconscious that start to materialize in your life.

Author's Bio: 

Chris Connell is a teacher. He teaches people how to get a better perspective on their life, find their purpose, and create lives they love to live. You can learn more about Chris on his blog site at

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