Start Living Today (Workbook Review)

Start Living Today is a workbook to help you figure what your goals in life are and puts you on the path towards achieving them. I used this workbook myself and this is what I think about it.

Some time ago, I published a post about how to achieve anything you want in life, I shared how I had this awakening moment where I felt the need to make a change and decided I no longer wanted to be a passerby in my own life, but to live consciously and with a purpose and a plan in order to create the type of life I want to live.

And this week, I am going to share with you something that can help you figure out the kind of goals you need to have in front of you and which can help you put your feet on the first steps towards achieving them.

This post is my review of the Start Living Today workbook by one of my favourite bloggers, Vanessa C. Dias (The Wellbeing Blogger). It is “a 30-page e-book designed to help people organise their goals and life in general.”

This workbook was gifted to me to use it and share my honest thoughts about it here.

This review is more of my own reflection and my thoughts on some parts of the workbook. This post certainly does not contain all the material or all the ideas discussed in this workbook. You can jump to my conclusion here.

What does your life look like?

When reading the intro to this workbook, I couldn’t help but relate to every word. The motive behind creating this workbook was also my motive to finally stop wondering about what my life could have been like, had I been there or had I done that, and start taking actual steps towards creating the life I want to live.

“I craved real change and I was tired of reading and listening to hundreds and hundreds of inspirational messages without achieving any real progress in life.” Dias says in the intro.

This workbook is designed with the purpose of helping you take this step too. To define your goals in life and work your way through towards achieving them.

start living today workbook review. a page taken from the book: your life, your rules
A page from the workbook.

The book starts by first helping you figure out what your life consists of and what matters to you in general.

What does your life currently look like? What are the things that are most important to you?

In order to make real progress in life, you need to have a very clear and defined point of view which will help you create a plan, but you first need to know exactly where you are in life and exactly where you want to be.

Where do you want to be in life?

After you make a list of the most important aspects/dimensions of your life, the workbook helps you decide where you stand now in each dimension of life, and it then proceeds to take you step by step to see how you can achieve the progress you need in order to get where you want to be in each of these aspects you specified.

The design of the workbook itself is created in a way that helps you write down every thing. There are questions to lead you on and then there are spaces so you can go ahead and write down your thoughts.

This way you become more aware of each aspect of your life. You are able to have an overview of your thoughts on each aspect in an organized, written form, and this makes you see things more clearly.

What is the story of your future self?

Towards the end of this workbook, you are asked to write the story of your life, given that you have followed all the steps in the book and achieved all the goals set there. And this was my favourite part!

As you have documented the way you see everything in your life right now and what you wish to change or achieve. You will have a clear idea of what kind of life you would be having when you do all those steps and achieve your goals.

When writing this part, of what my life would look like, describing everything in detail and including every aspect of my life that I wish to progress in, it honestly felt incredible.

It felt real and doable. It felt like this is something that I can work through and achieve. It made me want to move and start taking more actions towards my dream life, and start taking them right now.

start living today workbook review. a page taken from the book: what you can see, you can do
Another page from the workbook.

What do I think of this workbook?

To be completely honest, when I first checked this workbook, I didn’t really feel like it could be of any help to me. I thought in my mind, “well, I already know this stuff,” and so I was skeptic that it was actually going to help me much.

But I decided to sit down and follow through and write down the answer to every question anyway, because I wanted to review it, and I wanted the review to be honest and based on my own experience with it.

After I went through all the questions and wrote the last answer to the last question.. I felt amazing! I felt happy and motivated.

There is a huge difference between knowing the answers to the questions in your head, and taking the time to sit down and write them in detail.

You may actually surprise yourself with things you didn’t even know were on your mind, or things that just slipped your mind due to the many other aspects of your life that you are juggling everyday.

The best part about this workbook, and why it is different from reading a self-help book, for example, is that it is something that actually pushes you to take steps as you go with every page.

So you’re not just sitting there, stuffing words into your brain that may or may not stick with you, you’re actually applying what you learn, and with every page you take a practical step forward towards your goal.

Final words on this:

If you already have your plan figured out and/or already took the first steps towards achieving your goals, it may still be helpful in the way that it was to me, helping me write down things I didn’t realize I had in mind, but I honestly don’t think it is mainly designed for you.

If you are someone who feels they are not living a life they are happy with, or if you feel like you need to make a change and you just don’t know how to start and you wish someone could help you and talk you through it, then this workbook will definitely help you.

It is going to help you have a closer look at your current situation and encourage you to think of different ways to make it better.

Till next week, happy days!


As explained by the creator of this workbook:

It’s may be a good alternative for those who don’t want or aren’t ready yet to work with a professional coach/psychologist and still want to improve their quality of life.

This workbook is currently available as an e-book.

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8 Steps To Achieve Anything You Want In Life

This post walks you through everything you need to start achieving your life goals today! Plus 8 practical steps you can easily follow and apply to every goal you have.

Most of us run into many great ideas and read inspiring articles or books that have practical thoughts and ways to improve our lives, but how many of us actually take the time to apply any of it? Well, not many.


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As far as I can remember, I never really had a life goal that I was pursuing. If I ever had a goal it was usually short-term and more often than not I’d get bored or lose hope and give up in a few weeks.

In my opinion, I think there two types of people out there: Those who achieve great things and those who spend their lives wondering (me in the past).

And the difference between the two is that one of them took the time to realize what they want out of life and then took action, while the other is just living in a hamster-wheel kind of life where they are preoccupied by their routine to the point that they have no clue what they really want out of life; and, unfortunately, most of them don’t even realize it until very late in life.

I have read so many books and watched countless videos on self-development and how to progress in life; how to plan and set goals and achieve them. However, I haven’t ever sat down and collected all those things that I learned and created one big summary that I can actually follow myself.

And I didn’t realize how much my life was lacking until I decided to do just that a while back, and words can’t begin to describe how much my life has changed since then.

So, in this post, I am sharing that summary of everything I learned about life goals and how to achieve them.

A dream is a dream.

A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Harvey Mackay

Why should you have a goal? And how do you choose it?

I believe that there is no greater waste than a life without a goal. Goals give you a vision as to where your life is headed and motivation to keep going and keep getting better. Having a goal helps you make the most out of life and, in successfully achieving your goal, it gives you a sense of pride and confidence.

But what kind of goal should you have? Well, you can have goals in all aspects of life. You can have a goal for your health, your personal life, your finances, your spiritual wellness, etc.

And while it is important to have a goal for every major aspect in your life, it is, also, equally important to realize that it is kind of impossible to do all of them at the same time.

Meaning, if your goals are to be fit, and to be rich, and to meditate every day, and to travel the world, and to get married, and you go ahead and attempt to do all of those things at the same time with an equal amount of attention, thinking you can balance everything, chances are you will either give up completely or, if you’re really special, you will manage to have a mediocre achievement in one, or maybe two, of them.

But in order to truly manage to achieve everything you want, you need to focus only on one or two main goals. Those should be the ones that have 80% of your time and attention. Once you have achieved those goals, or at least reached to a point of confidence that you are well on your way now, you can then move on the next major goal on your list.

And when deciding which goal or which aspect of your life you need to focus on right now, it is best if you ask yourself: which one of them that, if you achieve it, will make achieving everything else easier?

When you answer this question, you will have decided on your goal and you can then go ahead and start working on it.

How do you set a SMART goal?

It is not enough to just have an idea of what you want, to be able to achieve your goal, it needs to be a SMART goal. There are several meanings for a SMART goal, but this is the one I choose to go by:

  • Specific (exact target, be as descriptive as you can)
  • Measurable (you can easily see or feel the target achieved)
  • Action-oriented (has a clear plan with actions you can follow to reach that goal)
  • Relevant (be certain it is relevant to you and your actual desire in life)
  • Time-bound (has a realistic and flexible deadline)

For example, your financial goal can’t just be “I want to be rich;” however, it can be something like, “3 years from now, I want to have 1 million in my bank account through real estate investments.”

Make sure you also write that goal down on a paper and have that goal in front of you at all times.

To be honest, I’ve always wondered what difference it would make if the goal is on a paper or a note on my phone or just in my head, I mean I already know what I want. But I found that just the simple act of writing the goal and reading it every day makes it more tangible and that makes a huge impact. Because, without even realizing it, everything you do subconsciously leads you to achieving that goal, the more you read it and recite it the more real it becomes in your head.

Live your life as if all your dreams have come true then challenge your reality to catch up.

Dan Lok

What happens between setting the goal and achieving it?

After you have a clear specific goal to achieve, now comes the real work. Because there is a huge gap between setting a goal and achieving that goal, and in that gap usually lies the “planning.”

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Most of us can get to the part where we decide what we want to achieve and have a very good reason as to why we do; however, the reason many of us don’t manage to achieve those goals is because we don’t take the time to actually plan how we are going to get there.

In order to set the right plan for your goal, you will need to break it down into smaller goals and then set a plan to achieve those smaller ones.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

The 8 steps to follow to achieve any goal you have in life

In this example, I will have a hypothetical scenario for a financial goal for myself and then follow the steps it takes to create a practical and realistic plan for that goal. I chose a financial goal since it is easier to explain with numbers.

1. What is your major financial goal in life?

I want to have financial freedom where I wouldn’t need to have a job to have an income.

This is the big picture, the ultimate goal, but put in a vague statement. So, I need to be more specific.

2. How to change that into a SMART goal?

By the year 2029, I want to have one-million pounds through real estate investments.

Now this is a clear goal that I can start working on.

3. How do you break down this ultimate goal into smaller targets?

  • Ten-year goal: one million
  • Five-year goal: 500K
  • One-year goal: 100K
  • Monthly goal: 8.4K
  • Weekly goal: 2.1K
  • Daily goal: 300

So I broke that major goal down to the point where I know how much money I will need to make on daily basis so that I can achieve the weekly goal, to achieve the monthly goal, to achieve the yearly goal to reach my ultimate goal.

If I don’t manage to hit the daily goal, I will fail to meet the weekly one and therefore the monthly one and so on. So it is very important that you know how your every day activity is going to contribute to the final result.

4. What are the requirements to get there?

This is where I set a list of all the resources, the skills, the knowledge I will need to be able to achieve these goals.

For this example

  • I need to find more ways to make money so that I can meet my daily goal every day.
  • I need to set a budget to be able to save enough money for investment.
  • I need to establish a few sources for real estate investment.
  • I need to learn more about finance, money, and time management.

5. What kind of obstacles may you face along the way?

It is important that if I want to have a realistic plan and have one step ahead is to make sure I study all the possibilities and expect any kind of obstacle, so that when it happens, I am prepared.

The possible obstacles in this scenario are:

  • I may not be able to save enough money for investment.
  • I may fail at one of the investment choices I put my money into and therefore lose money.

6. What do you need to do to avoid/overcome those obstacles?

After I think of the obstacles, it’s time to study the methods through which I can resolve such obstacles whenever they arise.

  • So, I may need to spend more time learning more skills to widen my job opportunities.
  • I need to make sure I stick to the budget I set and cut down unnecessary spending.
  • Contact people who are more knowledgeable and can help me find better ways to invest my money.
  • Do my research before I put my money into any kind of investment.

And, most important of all, I need to accept that eventually there is always a chance of failure in anything in life; so, in the worst case scenario where that happens, I need to take that with a positive mindset to be able to move forward and not be stuck in that one point of failure.

7. Set a schedule

After we set the goal, break it down, study the requirements, the obstacles and how to resolve them, comes the time to put down a strategy to achieve that goal.

Meaning, I need to write down my daily tasks that will lead me to achieve the daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

When setting the daily tasks or my to-do list, it is also helpful to prioritize them. So, I’d think of the most important thing that absolutely has to be done that day. Then ask if I could only finish two things today, what would I do next? And so on, until I have a list of all the important things that need to be done according to their priority.

Here’s a to-do list for our example:

  1. Work 6-7 hours on writing/design tasks to be able to meet the daily goal of 300 pounds.
  2. Study 1 hour of Finance course.
  3. 30 minutes for myself and my well-being (workout, meditate, or interact with family or friends, etc..).
  4. Pitch for new clients.
  5. Do research on the investment options I have.
  6. Read book on time management

I can also go ahead and set the exact hour of day I will be doing those things to be even more organized.

This way, every day I will have a clear idea of what needs to be done in order to get closer to achieving that one ultimate goal. And now I am ready to take action!

8. Share your goal

The last step after I have done all the planning is to share my goal with someone. This could be a family member or a friend (or in my case, a blog, online for everyone to see…) because they will hold me accountable, and this will give me a push to achieve that goal, especially in those moments when things get tough and I may feel like giving up on it.

It will also make it more real, because now it is not just in my head or on a paper on my desk, it is out there and other people know about it too.

This, in a slightly large nutshell, is everything I learned about planning and setting achievable goals for myself.

One last thing to remember:

There are no unreasonable goals, only unreasonable deadlines.

Brian Tracy

Till next week, happy days!