So, you have a decent idea of what your dream life would look like? Maybe you’ve spent a good amount of time sitting around and visualising it already. Maybe there’s a mansion there, plenty of evenings spent with friends and relatives around overloaded dinner tables, maybe there’s a special someone by your side throughout.
But what if, as things stand right now, you are about as far away from actually living your dream life as you could possibly imagine being?
For many – if not most – of us, life seems to be really good at finding ways to interrupt our dreams, throw us off course, and add just a bit more confusion and irritation to our everyday routines that we would like.
If you find yourself in a rut and want to take proactive steps to get yourself out of it and move yourself towards the life of your dreams, but aren’t sure where to start, it can be extremely useful to have a specific action that you can focus on in order to start the ball rolling.
There are many things you could potentially do in order to get started on the road towards the life of your dreams. Here’s a look at how embarking on a serious DIY mission could do the trick – whether that means installing rubber roofing and completely remodelling the place, or getting started on creating your own furniture and trinkets from scratch.
By serving as an excellent way to begin imposing order on your life
In order to move your life in any desired direction, you naturally need to be able to impose some kind of order on things, or else circumstances are liable to resist your dreams and ambitions.
To achieve any dream, whether specifically articulated or not, you need to be able to control your own habits and routines at the very least, and you have to have a good sense of how to use your time and apply your energy in such a way as to transform the potential that exists in your life, into actual progress towards something.
Embarking on a serious DIY project absolutely requires you to become comfortable with imposing order on your life and surroundings. It’s impossible to achieve anything substantial in a DIY context if you aren’t disciplined, focused, and able to engage in a substantial amount of work for a substantial length of time.
In many cases, when people find themselves in very chaotic and haphazard circumstances in life, and can’t figure out the ideal path forward, a significant part of the problem is that they just aren’t very good, yet, at disciplining themselves and imposing a necessary degree of order on their lives.
By embarking on an ambitious DIY project, you can not only give yourself a crash course in developing these traits, but you can also build some strong positive momentum in this regard, and get the ball rolling. Once you’ve completed the DIY project, you’ll likely find it a lot easier to pursue other aims in your life in a focused and disciplined way.
By giving yourself a sense of confidence in your ability to actually surmount obstacles and achieve things
There’s a well-known motivational saying that goes “if you can believe it, you can achieve it.”
Generally, the saying is used as a reference to the power of self-belief and creative imagination. The idea goes that if you can truly believe in your own ability to achieve something, then you can achieve it.
Of course, the catch is that it’s often very difficult to just “believe” that you can achieve extraordinary and ambitious things, especially if you haven’t seen much, or maybe any, direct evidence of that.
Instead of relying purely on your own powers of motivational imagination, a good way of increasing your self-belief in general is to take on challenges and surmount obstacles of various sorts.
When you undertake a serious DIY challenge, you will naturally be stretching yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone a bit. You will have a particular task to achieve, and you’ll have a clear idea of what success or failure means. And, if you keep working at it until you succeed, then you will have a clear sense of accomplishment to enjoy, at the end of it.
At the same time, a DIY challenge isn’t going to be as tough as starting up a successful business, for example.
When you need to catapult yourself forward and gain momentum, achieving a DIY challenge can be a great way of building your sense of confidence, and your belief in your ability to actually overcome obstacles and achieve things in general.
By acting as a form of “meditation” that can help you to get out of your own head for a moment, and come to important insights and perspectives
There are all sorts of articles out there about the incredible powers of meditation to transform your life for the better, and save you from the trap of overthinking and negative self-talk, among other things.
One thing that you can definitely say about DIY, is that it puts you in a radically different headspace to the one you likely inhabit on a day-to-day basis. Instead of actively worrying about the bills, or fretting about whether or not you are doing the right things at work, the vast majority of your attention is focused on solving a particular physical task in front of you, while your imagination can wander simultaneously.
What this essentially means, is that DIY can serve as a form of active meditation that can really help to get you out of your own head for a moment, and can help you to come to important insights and perspectives that may be hidden from you during everyday life.
Often, in order to get out of a rut, and to begin progressing in a more positive and productive direction in life, it’s important to be able to step back and detach yourself from your everyday concerns and preoccupations. It’s often in these moments of “distraction” that the real eureka moments arise.