When you reflect on this question, what comes to mind? Maybe you think about people that you want to spend that perfect day with, things you want to do, places you want to go or even foods you want to eat.
However, there’s a problem with having this as a plan for your perfect day. When your happiness is dependent on worldly factors, you need all those worldly factors to play out exactly as you’ve planned, or it won’t be perfect anymore. (Learn more in Finding Happiness.) And, as you know, even with the most meticulous planning and organization, life tends to have a knack for shaking things up a bit. How many times have you looked forward to a special occasion or event only to find it doesn’t live up to your expectations? Even if you perfectly execute your plan for the perfect day, it’s possible that you still wake up stubbing your toe or in a bad mood. In fact, the pressure of so much anticipation makes that all the more likely.
Look Within for the Perfect Day
So, why not dig a little deeper? Rather than considering the worldly factors of your perfect day, try looking within. What would your mindset be on your ideal day? When you are at your absolute best and you are your most wonderful, magnificent and authentic self, how do you think, feel and behave? Because this is something you can control, keeping this awareness at the forefront of your mind is what will help you to reach that perfect day.
It starts with you and with clearly defining a vision for your mindset on your perfect day. Once you’ve sorted your head out, the rest will follow. How do you do that? Take 10 minutes to complete the following exercise...
Visualize Your Perfect Day
Picture yourself on days when you are at your most radiant - those days when you can take on the world and come out smiling. Close your eyes and visualize stepping into this image of yourself. Make it as bright, colorful and tangible as possible.
Now answer the following questions in full sentences in the present tense. Add as much detail as possible.
- How do you feel right now?
- How would other people describe you?
- How do you speak, move and behave?
- How do you respond to all the wonderful things that happen to you?
- How do you respond when things don’t go as planned?
The resulting statement is your manifestation for your perfect day. It might be something like:
I feel relaxed, happy and playful. Other people see me as warm, confident and charismatic and they enjoy being in my presence. I speak kindly and with absolute truth. I move with ease and grace. I behave according to my highest values, always making sure myself and those around me feel cared for and loved. I embrace all the wonderful things that come my way with gratitude and appreciation. When things don’t go as planned, I respond with equanimity and maintain my understanding that everything is working out exactly as it should.
Feel free to play with your statement and adapt it until it reads exactly as you want it to. You might choose to add more details that work for your individual life; for example, how you react to specific situations or people on your perfect day. Make it work for you.
Make a Perfect Day Mantra
This vision statement can become your perfect day mantra (Learn about What's a Mantra?). The most important thing is to revisit it regularly. This may be by simply reading it to yourself daily, but you can also amplify its power in any number of ways. You might:
- Read it out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror.
- Draw a visual representation of yourself on your perfect day.
- Create a "mood board" of images that you associate with your perfect mindset.
- Choose a song that suits your perfect day mood and listen to it every morning.
- Find a scent to associate with this perfect day mindset and wear it whenever you read the mantra.
Know that the more you engage with your creativity, the closer you come to making it a reality. Be playful with it and enjoy the creative process of designing your perfect day!