How to Write Your Life Plan to Manifest Your Dreams
The following is an example of how to write your Life Plan which is the homework for step 4 of my #HBRMethod the chapter titled #WriteIT. I believe strongly in the power of our words and thoughts to predict our future, and the last time I wrote my #LifePlan in 2011, it manifested with such accuracy that it’s almost spooky! So I am putting this new plan out into the Universe (maximizing the manifesting power of the total solar eclipse tomorrow) to expedite these dreams becoming my reality.
My #LifePlan 2.0 …
It’s 2022, summer is drawing to a close as I sit in this comfy leather recliner looking out my window as Venice draws ever closer below, peeking out between the clouds and the blinding rays of a glorious sunrise.
I’m smiling from every corner of my being, how could I not? It’s VENICE! And I’m arriving on a private jet, after sleeping in a bed all night as we crossed the ocean. How could I not be flying high (pun intended) right now?! Life is such a beautiful blessing, and this moment oozes with the kind of joy I experienced six-years ago when the kids and I landed in Venice for the first time.
Italy does that to me, fills my entire being with exploding joy, love and utter happiness.
I glance around the plane, Kanen (now 19) is still sleeping, chair reclined. He’s such an amazing human. I can’t help but feel such pride in him for finishing his first year of college with good grades and fulfilling his lifelong dream as a college athlete, on scholarship no less! He’s happier then I’ve ever seen him, growing into the man I always knew he would be; capable, worldly, independent and kind.
The girls, Mira and Izzy (now 15) are taller than me, smarter, and more ready to take on the world then I ever was at their age. They’ve navigated those pre-teen years and we’ve remained close (thank God!) they are doing great in high school, good grades and active in anything they can take part in. It’s such fun to watch them transform into strong, independent and intelligent beautiful young women.
Lisa (my lifelong best friend) is sitting across from me and we’re both staring out the window in utter amazement, our hearts beating with girlish enthusiasm. We’ve waited for this day our entire lives, since we were children, dirt poor and homeless dreaming of a big beautiful life. And now here it is, us finally experiencing Italy together, soul sisters on this incredible journey. We turned 47 this year, how fast time flies! But we’re both in such an amazing place, feeling younger than ever! I’m so grateful to be healthy and finally in truly great shape. I’ve never felt fitter or sexier, it really is possible to get better with age!
I think of the long journey that has brought me to this moment. Of all the struggles I’ve endured to get here, all the setbacks and heartache. In the end it is what makes us who we are, isn’t it? It’s what gives us the drive to not give up on our dreams and not abandon our calling. There were so many times I wanted to give up. So many hardships that seemed impossible to overcome. But losing my job in 2017 turned into the greatest blessing, it pushed me to do what fear had previously prevented, start my company. Become my own boss. Live my dream.
I’m so grateful that I was able to turn that scary transition into the company that has now surpassed my wildest expectations. It started as my personal coaching company and has become so much more, now employing over 100 women, and empowering people around the world to embrace their greatness and live their dreams.
To think I came so close to turning my back on writing sends a chill through me. Thank god that giving up is not in my nature, and that I fought for my second book as hard as I fought for the first. That I stood strong and remained true to my story and the belief in what it could become, because it’s far exceeded those meager dreams. My memoir has remained on the NYT best-seller list for four years straight, reaching that mark in the first three months of its release. The story has been translated into languages around the world and its inspiring people, imagine that! It’s become a movie and now a hit TV show which I co-produce and has opened so many amazing doors. One of the greatest honors of my life was being interviewed by Oprah, a huge dream come true!
I am living my #BucketList life!
All those hard times financially have made me appreciate this financial windfall so much more, I don’t take it for granted. I give back. I share the blessings bestowed to me.
I’ll never forget the day we got the keys to our dream home a few years ago. It was the moment the kids have wanted more than any other, and the one I so desperately wanted to give them while they were still young enough to enjoy it. It makes me proud that I was able to keep my promise to Kanen and get us our own home while he was still in high school, as our house is always the place to be! And to give the girls the room to plant their own garden and have their own horses, such a dream come true!
As we begin our decent into Venice, everyone begins waking up and chatting excitedly. Lisa passes me a glass of champagne and we raise our glasses, push back tears of joy, and toast to our Italian adventure!
We are about to spend two weeks at our villa in Tuscany. It’s situated on a hill with an expansive, breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside. Olive groves and vineyards surround it on both sides. A beautiful garden fills the terrace out back and a stunning infinity pool welcomes long evenings indulging in spectacular sunsets. The kids and I have come several times over the past two years since we got this place. I’ve done a few renovations and tried to get away from the hectic life back home, as often as I can, but this is the first time Lisa has seen it. It’s also the first time the kids have each brought a friend. The house will be buzzing with voices, laughter, smells of Ragu slow cooking in the kitchen and cannonballs in the pool, I can’t wait!
I’ve rented a gorgeous sprawling apartment facing the Grand Canal. It’s our tradition to spend our fist days in Italy shaking off jet lag in the most magnificent city in the world. It never gets old, wondering its alluring and picturesque sidewalks and bridges. We never tire of stumbling upon a new way to reach San Marco Square, or a previously undiscovered Bar (eatery) for a morning cappuccino or breezily hopping on and off boats.
But I am eager to experience Lisa’s first exposure to our magical city, the way it grabs you, stealing your heart forever. There’s nothing like watching someones face light up at the first site of this enchanted floating city.
I am most excited to spend a few quiet days with the love of my life, cruising the Italian Riviera from Portofino to the dazzling Amalfi town of Positano. Just the two of us, after everyone else heads back home. I’ve waited a LONG time for this. Fifteen years to be exact, it’s my time, and it was so worth the wait!
The best part of my new life is that I am honestly and truly happy, at peace, and daily living a life that at one point merely existed in my imagination. All the things I feared were just excuses to not reach my potential. I’m glad I had the hard-headed-ness to pay them no mind. I’m glad I always followed my heart and my intuition, because its lead me to the life that aligns with everything I believe in and love most in the world.
It is all possible.
Don’t settle for less than your dreams, because they can and WILL become your reality. You deserve them. I deserve mine. We are worthy of a life that fills us to overflowing. Anything you can imagine, can become your reality.
“Whatever I choose to believe, becomes true for me… I am the power in my world! I can have whatever I choose to think.” -Louise Hay
Coaching tips: Your #LifePlan needs to be set five years into the future, be sure to mention your ages and the ages of your close family (if applicable), mention the year. Write it in first person as if it is your CURRENT life. Be sure to touch on ALL five core areas of your life, so that it’s a holistic look at your goals in all areas and your overarching dreams. Be as specific as possible, write a “story” paint the picture and get excited about it! Doing this homework should give you butterflies and allow you to see that life as if it’s already your reality (the magic sauce of manifesting).
What to know more about writing your own #LifePlan? Follow the instructions and steps in my book Hustle Believe Receive or get the HBR Workbook and create not just your #LifePlan and #BucketList but learn to make your vision board and create the life you dream of! To learn more about my coaching click here.