Gratitude And The Perfect Day Exercise
Gratitude And The Perfect Day Exercise

Gratitude And The Perfect Day Exercise

What I love about a perfect day exercise is that you can do it any time. As a long term journaler, I believe in the power of the pen and the power of envisioning what you want through expressing my desires on paper. One of the keys to a perfect day is to write it as if it were already true and to then imagine often.

Gratitude prompt for a perfect day

Dog alert at minute 3…

In this video, I take a gratitude prompt from the little book of Gratitude Journaling Prompts.

The way to work with this book is there’s a prompt on every page, and basically what we do is we just let our intuition guide us to the prompt that we want.

“Tomorrow, I will be most grateful for.”

“Being open to gratitude and envisioning your perfect day will help you to step into a brighter tomorrow.”

Your perfect day

Give yourself permission to let your imagination go wild with this one. Make it as far out and as wonderful as your wildest dreams.

Your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination if they are both fuelled by an emotional response, so it’s important to fully engage with the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feel of the situation you are imagining, because reality involves all the senses.

Getting fully involved in the imagining with this exercise will open up your creativity, and you’ll be surprised at the things you will learn about yourself.

And, once you set out a clear description of your perfect day, and focus on it repeatedly, your unconscious mind will do everything it can to balance out the reality it sees with the reality it has been shown.

When I write about my perfect day I like to have meditated and journaled so that whatever needs to come out can and I am a clean slate and an open channel for what I need to express.

I place my trust in what needs to be written rather than forcing it. This quote comes to mind as I consider my perfect day.

With the best will in the world, these things don’t always come off, because not everything we want is what we need. And, of course, stuff happens that takes us off course. However, by writing about your day and allowing your imagination to play and be creative you are opening up to opportunities that you may otherwise miss in your busy life.

Steps

  1. Affirm, meditate and ground
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Write a story, bring it alive
  4. Keep envisioning it and read it often

Affirm your perfect day

Today I am enjoying envisioning my perfect day

Perfect day questions

It’s important to answer them in the present tense, as if you are currently experiencing them and to be as accurate and detailed as you can. Really let your imagination run away with you but try to keep an element of realism.

  • How does your perfect day start?
  • Who are you with?
  • What can you see, hear and feel?
  • What happens next?
  • Where are you going?
  • What will happen when you get there?
  • What do you want to create?
  • Who will enjoy what you create?
  • What are you working on?
  • How does that fill your heart?
  • How does it fit with your goals, desires and intentions?
  • What is the best thing about your perfect day?
  • How does it end?
  • How do you feel as the day draws to an end?

Write your story

Write about your perfect day. Write it as if it were already here. When you have written it, leave it for a day to reflect. It is important that you bring this activity alive and make your experience of your perfect day as rich as possible.

You could start something like this:

“I live in a beautiful traditional house in Scotland, with green fields and hills around me, in the distance I can see the sea. I am woken every day at 5:30 am by the sounds of birds in the garden and the light streaming through my bedroom window…”

And carry on from there.

I promise you, if you get really involved in your story it will write itself.

Write this in a notebook or journal that carries meaning for you, or write it on paper, put the story in an envelope and ask a friend to send it to you on a random day in the future. 

Ideally,  you should write this by hand but if you wrote in on a computer at least make sure to print it out and sign it!

Set your perfect day in stone

By now, the story of your perfect day should be “carved in stone” in your subconscious. You should be able to pretty much recall the story at will. But we’re going to take it one step further.

  1. Create a scene in your mind of an imaginary movie theatre. Imagine yourself walking in and sitting down in the centre of the front row. 
  2. Put the very beginning of your new story on the screen in the form of a freeze-frame. 
  3. Run the story as a movie all the way to the end, as you remain in the front row, watching yourself on the screen. 
  4. At the end of the movie, freeze the frame again. 
  5. Turn up the colours, the brightness and the sounds and then imagine yourself walking into the movie on the screen. 
  6. Fully absorb yourself into the “you” on the screen.

Enjoy your perfect and I wonder when it will become your reality…

Dale Darley

Personal Brand Strategist and Author. I want to inspire people to get connected to their hearts, know and do what they love. For those people to become an inspiration and show others what is possible in the world. Mum to three dogs and a family of swallows. Life without cake is a life unlived.

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