Daily Practices to Live Your Dreams

Life is just an accumulation of days, so if we want to change our life and live our dreams, the best place to start is living each day in a way that lines up with our vision of the future.

It’s really that simple. Live amazing days and you’ll live an amazing life.

I’m all about daily practices for this reason, and following the yogic and Ayurvedic path has shown me how powerful daily practices can be in manifesting our dreams and living in our dharma.

Sometimes the big vision can stop us in our tracks with overwhelm. But, if we simplify the vision down to what we can do today to supports those dreams, it all become so much more doable and the path becomes clear.

Below you’ll find my favourite daily practices — from Yoga, Ayurveda, Habit Science and my own personal journey — that support me and many others in living each day aligned to our visions and purpose.

Grab yourself a workout buddy

Every day remind yourself of who and how you need to be in the world to align to your dharma. For example, courageous, focused and loving. Our behaviour mirrors our beliefs and feelings, so if we don’t believe in our courage or feel loving, our actions will never display that. Focus on embodying these qualities every day and they will influence your actions, decisions and communication in a way that leads you to your dreams.

TAKE ACTION: Write down three words that embody who you are when aligned to your dharma. Put them on sticky notes and plaster them around your house. Write them on your mirror. Repeat to yourself everyday before or after yoga practice, meditation or sitting at stop lights.
Try something new

Trying to do everything all at once is a sure fire way to get overwhelmed, crash and burn. In other words, a guarantee to fall off your dharmic path and not achieve anything. Habit science shows that people make much bigger and lasting change in their lives when they commit to small, consistent steps. Dream up the big vision and then break it down into small steps. You don’t have to plan everything out, but simply decide what the next, small doable stop is… and then take it!

TAKE ACTION:Each day ask, “What is the next logical step today?” Make a “Next Small Step” list. Let go of the overwhelm and relax into knowing that if you do this every day you’ll make big waves over time!
Get outside

We alone drive the engine of all our dreams, and if we starting breaking down with low energy, sickness or overwhelm, the force behind our visions wanes. Self care, therefore, is not indulgent but a requirement for being a creative, productive person in the world. How you take care of yourself can either stoke that fire or put it out. The irony is that so many of us neglect ourselves in the name of passion, work, projects, family, goals, finances and more…and then either burn out in the process and don’t enjoy the dream or burnout before we get there. Yes, everything takes work and sacrifice, but the name of the game is balance, and we must prioritise self care if we really want to see our dreams come true.

TAKE ACTION: Give yourself a minimum of 10 min every morning and night to refill your cup with self care. Focus on getting good rest, good food, movement and space for yourself.
Set goals

We don’t have to do everything alone and we don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Mentors and teachers save us unnecessary suffering and bring support that turns the dharmic journey into a joy rather than a battle. And when we’re joyful, energised and feel supported we also feel unstoppable. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, in fact the most successful people in the world surround themselves with amazing people that support them.

TAKE ACTION:Right now identify at least one person who you admire and can help you on your dharmic path. How will you reach out to them for guidance? Let yourself be supported in small ways every day.
Record your progress

One of my favourite sayings is that “gratitude is ultimate receivership.” Through gratitude we attract things into our lives and open ourselves to receiving them. When we want something we stay in the vibration of wanting. The more you want the more you want. But if you shift to gratitude everything flows to you. The trick is to be grateful for what you desire before you even get it, and that energy will bring it to you.

TAKE ACTION: Write, draw or list your dharmic vision. Every day take a moment and say to yourself, “I am so grateful this [be specific] is all coming to me.”

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