I remember one of the first books I ever read on setting goals started with the exercise of imagining yourself in the perfect setting. It was supposed to motivate you to take action, even if just little steps of progress. You wrote it down and keep it as a reminder of why you were willing to work and sacrifice.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What would you be doing?
- What would you be wearing?
- Who would be with you?
- What would your surroundings look like?
- What would you hear?
- What would you smell?
- What is the weather like?
The picture that came to my mind was so vivid.
I see myself sitting on a stool at the breakfast bar in my dream barn-style home. I have a cup of coffee in my hand and a book open in front of me. The french doors to my left are open to the patio and a summer breeze filters in. Beyond the patio, the morning sunlight reflects off a small swimming pool and the scent of wild roses permeates the air. I feel comfortable in my long flowing skirt and light cardigan from Coldwater Creek. The birds chirping are the only sounds I hear. I take a deep breath. My mind is quiet.
It’s amazing to me that after 15+ years I can still see the picture in my head. And part of what stands out to me is the “Coldwater Creek” attire. I loved looking at the catalogs when I was a girl. The models looked modest and kempt and comfortable. Someday I wanted a wardrobe of exclusively Coldwater Creek clothing. I still love their clothes. I guess I always thought that they were out of my league because of the cost. I could look, but I couldn’t buy. So that’s why Coldwater Creek made it’s way into my perfect world.
Well, my dream isn’t quite a reality yet. I still long for my barn home, patio and pool. I have done my best to make sure I get quiet time with my coffee and books. I like to sit outside in the summer breeze to read and take in the scents and sounds. I may never make it to my perfect world in this life. But I’ll enjoy the little pieces I can get here and there.
I was so excited this past week when Ocean State Job Lot advertised Coldwater Creek tops in their circular. Last night I went into the store and bought two sweaters for $10 each. These are my first articles ever from Coldwater Creek. They are incredibly beautiful and comfortable just like I imagined.
Another little piece of perfection.
What part of your perfect world are you enjoying now?