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“If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two week’s vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.” –Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Creating Your Ideal Life-Long Vacation
Imagine you are going on a vacation...
What’s the first thing you do?
First you would decide on where you want to go. Maybe several places capture your interest, but there are only a few that really call to you. After some deliberation and prioritization, you pick your destination. Then you have to get there. You review all the different transportation costs and options and decide on one. Of course you also have to pick when you’ll go. This requires looking at personal, work, and transportation schedules, planning your time off, ensuring that everybody going (if you’re not the only one) can attend, and so on.
This is just the beginning. Bear with me.
Let’s not forget choosing which hotels accomodations you’ll stay at. You definitely don’t want to stay in a place that will make your vacation more stressful than relaxing, more costly than is feasible, and too far away from the activities you want to participate in. You’ll also need to eat. Should you buy an all-inclusive food package, or buy each of your meals individually? What kind of activities will you participate in, and do you have to schedule reservations in advance? If you’re leaving the country you have to make sure that you have a valid passport, and if you don’t, plan several weeks in advance to obtain one. You’ll also have to research prices and ensure everything fits within your budget.
The list goes on. This is the level of detail planning that going on a vacation requires, to have an enjoyable one. We see enough value in vacations that we’re willing to go to this degree of planning to try and have the best vacations we can.
But how frequently do we plan our own lives with such delibration?
Sadly, not as often as would be beneficial. The ironic part is that we limit our happiness by not getting clear on the kinds of experiences that will bring us the most fulfillment.
For example, do you live where you’ve always lived? Or have you focused on where in the world you would ideally want to live, and then begun creating and executing a plan to get there?
What about WHO you want to be? Few people take the time to intentionally decide the kind of person they want to become and then take positive actions towards becoming that. Sure, we may want more confidence or better relationships. So we go take a course on confidence and read a relationships book. That’s helpful and takes us in the right direction.
But have you defined what you plan to do with that extra confidence? Have you looked at exactly what kind of experiences you want your relationship to bring to you and your partner? And even beyond that, what about developing qualities such as joy, compassion, or willpower? These are qualities you can apply to anything in life (including planning our beloved vacation).
And on the topic of vacations...
While a 2-week vacation is awesome, wonderful, and very much needed... why limit yourself? Why not just plan to have 2-week vacations every year? Or even better, why settle for that? Why not go even bigger, for multiple vacations a year?
Personally, I’m moving towards a 3-weeks on, 1-week off, schedule. I like the idea of being able to take 12 week-long vacations a year. That’s not including having long weekends and even taking longer vacations in addition to my weeklong vacations.
How about health and viality? Many people don’t want to be sick. That’s reasonable, but it’s not nearly focused or intentional enough. What does it mean to really have energy, vitality, and an abundance off good health? What kind of foods would you need to eat, how much sleep would you have to get, and what physical activity would you have to participate in to experience that? What kind of emotional, psychological, and spiritual support would you need to ensure that your energy is used most productively and optimally?
What does relaxation look like to you? For many, vacation is the only time they relax. This is planned. Personally, I find relaxation moments in every day... from my meditations and power naps, to reading and writing, to connecting personally with people who are positive, uplifting, and heart-centered.
I know when I think about what I want out of life, it’s clear that I want joy, abundance, happy relationships, and more. I affirm this every day in multiple ways, from written affirmations to visual ones. I plan it by focusing on the kinds of experiences I need to have, the kind of person I need to become, and the kinds of people I need to connect with, to make this all become true.
The thing to realize is this: I’m not willing to settle for having a good life “sometimes”. I want it all the time. And that takes a focus, dedication, and planning.
In the end, you have to ask yourself a pretty important question:
Are you willing to settle for only having some experiences that resemble your ideal life, or are you willing to do what it takes to live your ideal life all the time, every day, and in every way?
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This article is generously contributed by Chris Cade from chriscade.com
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