If you recognize these 8 signs, you’re finally creating the life you’ve always wanted

Creating the life you’ve always dreamed of—sounds like a lofty goal, doesn’t it?

Here’s the thing: it’s not as unattainable as it seems. I’ve been there, stuck in the grind, feeling like I was just going through the motions. 

But then, something changed. I started noticing things, small signs that suggested I was finally on the right track.

So what are these signs, you ask? Well, in this article, I’m going to share them with you. 

And who knows? You might be a lot closer to your dream life than you think.

1) You find joy in the smallest things

Joy is often found in the simplest of things.

You know those little moments that seem insignificant? Like when you wake up and the sun is shining just right, or when you get to enjoy your favorite meal after a long day.

When you start to appreciate these moments more, it’s a sign that you’re finally creating the life you’ve always wanted.

It’s finding contentment and happiness in the mundane, everyday occurrences.

Because, let’s face it, life is largely made up of these small moments

2) I’ve stopped chasing perfection

There was a time when I was constantly striving for perfection. The perfect job, the perfect body, the perfect relationship – you name it.

But guess what? Perfection is an illusion. It’s a never-ending chase that only leaves you exhausted and dissatisfied.

One day, I just stopped.

I stopped trying to make everything perfect, and instead, started to appreciate what I have. This doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying to improve or grow. Quite the opposite. But now, it’s about progress, not perfection.

It’s about recognizing that life isn’t perfect, and that’s okay. It’s about embracing the beautiful mess that is life, and finding happiness within it.

And I’ve got to say, since I’ve embraced this mindset, I feel like I’m finally creating the life I’ve always wanted.

3) I’ve started valuing my time

I used to be that person who would say yes to everything. Parties, extra hours at work, volunteer events – you name it. I thought that being busy meant being successful.

But one day, I found myself sitting on a park bench, completely worn out. I realized I hadn’t had a moment for myself in weeks. That’s when it hit me: I was spending so much time making everyone else happy, I had forgotten to take care of myself.

So, I made a change. I started saying no to things that didn’t add value to my life. I began carving out time for myself – time to read, relax, or simply do nothing at all.

And you know what? It has made a world of difference. I feel more balanced, more satisfied with my life. 

4) You start living in the present

Living in the past or future can be a trap. It’s easy to get caught up in what was or what could be. 

I’ve learned that creating the life I’ve always wanted means focusing on the now. It’s about appreciating today, this moment, instead of constantly yearning for a different time.

This shift in perspective has been a game changer for me. It’s allowed me to enjoy life more, to be more present in my relationships, and to fully engage with what I’m doing.

So if you’re finding yourself living more and more in the present, that’s a clear sign you’re on your way to creating the life you’ve always wanted.

5) You’re no longer afraid of failure

Failure used to terrify me. I used to see it as a dead end, a sign that I was on the wrong path. But over time, I’ve come to realize that’s not the case.

Failure isn’t a stop sign, it’s a detour. It’s an opportunity to learn, grow and become stronger.

Now, when I stumble or fall short of my expectations, I don’t see it as the end of the world. Instead, I see it as a chance to reassess and improve.

I’ve learned to embrace failure as part of the journey towards creating the life I’ve always wanted. And you know what? It’s liberating.

6) I’ve learned to trust myself

Self-doubt used to be a constant companion of mine. I used to second-guess every decision, every step I took.

But along this journey of creating the life I’ve always wanted, I’ve learned to trust myself. To listen to my instincts and believe in my abilities.

I’ve realized that I am the best judge of what’s right for me. And it’s not about being right all the time – it’s about being confident in my choices, even when things don’t go as planned.

This self-trust has brought a new level of freedom and peace into my life. It’s made decision-making less stressful and more empowering.

7) I’ve started to set boundaries

I’ve realized the importance of setting boundaries. It’s about understanding and communicating my limits to others, whether it’s how much work I can take on, or how I want to be treated.

Setting boundaries has not only improved my relationships with others, but it’s also helped me respect myself more. It’s moved me away from people-pleasing and towards a sense of self-worth.

8) You’re embracing who you truly are

This is perhaps the most important sign of all.

For a long time, I was trying to fit into molds created by society, by my family, even by my friends. I was trying to be someone I thought I should be, rather than who I truly was.

But as I’ve moved towards creating the life I’ve always wanted, I’ve realized the importance of authenticity. Of being true to myself, regardless of what others might think or expect.

Embracing who I truly am has brought a sense of peace and satisfaction that I had never experienced before. It’s helped me make decisions that align with my true self, bringing me closer to the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Being true to yourself is the ultimate step towards creating the life you’ve always wanted.

The final thought

If you’ve been nodding along to these signs, there’s a high chance you’re on the path to creating the life you’ve always wanted.

This journey is personal and unique to each of us. It’s not about getting it perfect or rushing to the finish line. It’s about progress, growth and self-discovery.

Take a moment to acknowledge your journey so far. Recognize the steps you’ve taken, the changes you’ve embraced and the person you’ve become.

Reflect on each of these signs – living in the present, embracing failure, setting boundaries, trusting yourself. Each one is a testament to your growth and a beacon guiding you towards your desired life.

Remember, this journey is not linear or set in stone. Some days will be harder than others, and that’s okay. As American author John C. Maxwell once said, “The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying”.

So keep going. Keep growing. Keep creating the life you’ve always wanted. You’re closer than you think.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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