We often pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate special occasions.
Did you know that wine makers prepare champagne with a very specialized process? After it’s gone through first and second fermentation processes, champagne producers then carefully turn the bottles and introduce the bubbles into the wine. Champagne has become associated with royalty, and is often associated with royalty, high luxury, festivities, and rites of passage.
I can’t think of a better analogy for us and our lives!
As a created being, you are the masterpiece of God’s creation. God created you with vast talents, abilities, character traits, and opportunities. You are royalty!
Yet, we often feel more like a discount bottle of $4 wine. We can’t imagine any royal purpose for our lives. Our lives lack zest, bubbles, and the exquisite flavor of a high quality champagne.
Your ideal day will differ from my ideal day.
It makes sense, since each of us is as unique as a snowflake.
If you visualize your ideal day, you’ll find clues about your deepest desires and aspirations.
Before You Start: The First Fermentation Process
Clarify Your Values
It’s important to clarify your values, because you’ll want your ideal day harmonize with your deepest values.
Here are two helpful sites to help you clarify your values.
I haven’t yet used this site, but it’s free and looks like it will give you a comprehensive way to easily clarify your values via the Life Values Inventory assessment.
I used the Douglas Wagoner’s values sorter to find my top values.
Crystallize Your Mission
You can crystallize your mission by reading my earlier articles: A Simple Formula: Find Your Mission Through Your Passion, and Have A Personal Mission You Can Be Proud Of.
Pay Attention To Your Buckets
After you’ve clarified your values, be sure to visualize your buckets. You can divide your life into six buckets. Most of us can count on a balanced and significant life if we’ll keep these buckets in mind:
- God and spirituality
- Family and friends
- Work and career
- Community and Service
- Personal growth and development
Remember Your Personal Strengths
If you haven’t already done so, purchase Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath to pinpoint your strength areas. When you purchase the book, you’ll find a code included with it. Using that code, you can go t the Strengths Finder website, where you’ll take your strengths assessment. After discovering your top five strengths, you’ll then have access to your own dashboard, complete with a Strengths Insight and Action Planning Guide.
Ideal Day Visualization: The Second Fermentation Process
Once you’ve put all your ingredients together: your life mission, your values, your six buckets, and your strengths, it’s time to start stirring all those ingredients together.
At this time, we can engage both our left and right brains in this process. Our left brain is linear and analytical; our right brain is more creative. A fine champagne takes time, care, and effort. So, I urge you to clarify your ideal day over the course of a day, two days, a couple of weeks, or even a month!
Left Brain Exercise: Write Out Your Ideal Day
Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup For The Soul, suggests writing out 24 1 hour segments on a sheet of paper (e.g., 4-5 am, 6-7 am, and so forth).
Here’s my direct quote from his “Visualize Your Perfect Day” exercise:
I want you to visualize your perfect day. This day is one where you feel motivated, exhilarated, joyful, healthy and focused. First, take out a journal or notebook and make a timeline of 24 hours, each line of paper should represent one hour of this perfect day. For example, line one should be Midnight – 1:00 AM. Line two should be 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM. And so on.
After you have created this timeline, visualize what you would ideally be doing during each hour. Perhaps from Midnight – 1:00 AM you would be sleeping soundly, or maybe you would be living it up at a nightclub or party. How will you spend 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM? Will you be at the gym working out or having breakfast with clients who love and respect you?
What about 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM? Is this the hour you’ll pick your kids up from school, or will you be getting a relaxing massage?
Take each hour one at a time until you have created your perfect day. Once you have determined how you want to spend your time, review the timeline often – morning, noon and night. This is going to be your future schedule, so you need to become familiar with it. Believe that this is how you are going to be spending your time and it will become your reality.
Right Brain Exercise: Your Ideal Day Visualization
You may want to write your own visualization, read it into your SmartPhone or other recording device, and play it back to yourself regularly.
Or, you can listen to the Perfect Day Visualization exercise I found at MoveBeyondIt.Com
Your Life Goals: Champagne At Its Best
Once you’ve gone through the above steps of ‘fermentation’, it’s time to add the bubbles for the perfect Life Champagne!
You will add bubbles by writing down your goals!
Here’s a Printable SMART Goal Setting Template from Time Management Success.It’s your turn? What’s your ideal day? I’d love to hear about it and cheer you on!