Life is short. We are here to thrive, share and build the best life imaginable. Don’t hold yourself back. Get out there and build your dream.
Close your eyes and think about the one thing that would put you in the driver’s seat of your life. Imagine what it would feel like if you could do anything, be anyone, and live in a way that most people would envy [and hate] you for.
See yourself on top of your game, living the dream, exploring the potential you always new existed but too scared to try. Until now.
Your life can feel like a tedious drama most days. You have a job, you clock in, someone gives you work to do, and when eight hours couldn’t get over fast enough, you punch out and congratulate yourself on getting through another one.
But every day gets harder, doesn’t it? You are tired of the routine, the old way, and expecting [hoping] everything will change while you coast through each day waiting for quitting time.
But you know by now, nothing is changing until you take action. The right kind of action.
To do this, take an honest, hard look at the habits holding you back. Do you procrastinate instead of just doing it? Are you into compulsive shopping instead of saving? Do you fail to plan so you plan to fail? do you feel overly stressed and difficult to relax?
The life you want to live is only as real as the actionable habits that take you there. Take a look at the possibilities. In this post I am giving you 7 brief action plans you can work on to start changing the way you value your life.
Start a Business
Do you want to start building your own business, but you’re in the habit of sleeping in most mornings? Piecing a business together takes planning. If you have a full time job already, starting your own business is a massive challenge if you don’t have the time to work on it. You won’t find the time to build it. You have to carve it out of your day.
Wake up an hour early and invest the first hour of the day into your dream. Building a business takes time and a commitment to taking action every day. Figure out how much time outside of your other obligations you must commit to getting your business off the ground. Can you schedule in one hour in the morning, and another hour after work? If you can, that is sixty hours a month invested into your future business.
Here is what you can do:
1. Set your alarm to wake up one hour earlier.
2. Spend the first ten minutes mind mapping your action plan for the day. Know what you need to focus on so that time isn’t wasted.
3. Start the day by reading an article or passage from a book on entrepreneurship. Get really pumped up in what you are creating.
4. Work on a mind map of your business plan. Who are you building this business for? What products or services are you offering? At what stage of this business could you plan to quit your day job?
You can scale up gradually on the number of hours spent developing your business. What matters, in the beginning, is getting that momentum moving. Build momentum and you gain greater confidence that you are moving forward.
To find out how to turn your passion into a profession, check out StartupCamp.com with Dale Partridge.
Write a Book
You want to finally write that book, but every night you crawl home from work and turn on the TV for three hours before bed. The TV isn’t the problem. You are making a decision to use that time for something that can never amount to a new way of life.
In the USA alone, the average person watches TV for more than 5 hours a day. Scale this over a year and you have enough time to do anything you want. That includes writing a book.
Commit to the Goal
Commit to working on your novel for one hour a night. Can you afford more time? Push it to two hours. If you write one thousand words a day, you can complete the rough draft of your novel in thirty days.
No excuses. A published book could drive more income for your business and establish you as an authority.
Schedule your television time. Catch yourself as soon as you pick up that remote to turn on the tube. You can set up a trigger that reminds you of what you are working on.Get away from the TV. Twenty years from now you won't be remembered for how many hours you invested in front of the tube. Click To Tweet
Try this: Plan ahead and lay your writing out on the table so when you get home, it is the first thing you see. Books don’t write themselves. You might be feeling fatigued, but you can wake up early in the morning to get your writing done. Or, tackle it for one hour at the end of your day before you start to wind down. It is not time you are struggling with. It is planning ahead.
Here is a 12-point checklist to get you started on writing your book:
1. Mind map your book idea. Set a timer for one hour. On paper, or download the MindNode app, mind map your book idea. Write down all the ideas your book is about.
2. Create a chapters list from your mind map. Place subheadings under the chapters. You now have an outline that provides structure for your novel.
3. Brainstorm chapter content. Now that you have identified the chapters, take ten minutes and dive deeper into the chapter content. Are you targeting a specific problem or pain point? What research do you have to do before writing?
4. Decide the writing software to write your book with. You have lots of choices when it comes to writing software: Word, GoogleDocs, or the Scrivener software for writers. You can also write in OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
5. Commit to a writing goal for the day. Will you write 500 words? 1000? At a consistent typing speed of 40 words per minute, you would average 2400 words per hour. If you continue this pace for 3o days, you can finish the first draft.
6. Know what to write. Show up to write your material already knowing what you are writing about. Refer to your outline and expand on your chapter content as you write.
7. Complete your first draft. Then, take two weeks to revise the content. This is your 2nd rewrite or self-edit.
8. Hire an editor. When you are done your rough draft, hire an editor and work with a pro to get your book ready for publication. Check out this article for choosing the best editor. You can hire an editor by setting up a profile on Upwork.com
9. Create a cover design. To get a cover professionally designed check out
10. Self-publish or submit to a publisher? Decide if you will self-publish your book or try to get a contract with a traditional publisher. If self publishing is your choice, you can have this book published soon. You can checkout these self publishing courses here:
11. Set your deadline for launch. Have a deadline for finishing your book and launching it to the world. This is easier to manage if you choose the self-publishing route.
12. Prepare a launch team and get ready to become a published author.
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Develop a Relaxed Mindset
You want to reduce your stress and anxiety, but you read the news every night before bed and it fills you with a sense of dread at what’s happening in the world. You worry about everything: loss of health, money, or close friendships. You are creating fear out of the worry habit.
If you focus on fearful events, either past or future, your channeling your thoughts into forming the worry habit. Under duress or feeling anxious about a part of our lives, anxiety sets in. This causes sleep loss, muscle tension, irritability, and exhaustion.
You can change this by shifting your focus to developing a relaxed mindset free of worry, tension and anxiety.
To feel more relaxed and calm, I recommend deep breathing in combination with brief meditation sessions.
Imaginative and Relaxed Deep breathing.
Deep breathing is a form of exercise where you are giving the body what it wants the most—oxygen! Engaging in three to five sessions of deep breathing every day improves blood circulation and increases your body’s vitality and energy.
By breathing full, complete breaths, you can significantly improve your overall health.
When you feel stressed, angry, fearful, or anxious, your breathing is affected. For example, when you are under immense stress, you might hold your breath without realizing. When you are anxious, you may reduce your breathing to short rapid bursts.Reduce the stress levels in your life by breathing deeply, letting go...breath in again and let it go. You'll look and feel much better for it. Click To Tweet
This breathing exercise combines the power of autosuggestion and imagination with deep breathing. Together with breathing deeply, you will use your imagination to cleanse your mind and build a positive mental state.
Breathe in deeply. As you breathe in, think about something that makes you happy. This could be a goal you’re working toward, a quote you may have heard, or a memory of spending time with someone you care about. Hold this image in your mind and continue breathing.
Imagine that as you inhale, you are drawing positive energy toward you through each breath, and as you exhale, the negative energy is being pushed away from you. Try this for ten minutes.
Breathe in deeply for a count of three; exhale on the count of four. Inhale again and repeat the same steps.
As you inhale, feel the oxygen as it enters your lungs. When you exhale, imagine yourself pushing out all the negative energy, as well as physical and mental contaminants that have built up inside your body. This is as much a mental exercise as a physical one. Repeat these steps six to eight times in every session. Do this twice a day—once in the afternoon and once at night before bed.
Ten-Minute Meditation Sessions
Try meditation before bed. This relaxes your brain and course corrects your thinking. Bad thoughts can create stressful circumstances, most of which never come true. If this doesn’t do it for you, give relaxation music a try.
Meditation is a very relaxing exercise that takes practice. Focus on your breathing as you do this. Focus on the present moment and how you feel right now. Let your thoughts happen and let your thoughts go.
Eliminate Your Debt
You want to get out of debt and save money for a trip around the world, but every month your credit card bill comes and the total knocks you off your feet. You got a $1000 bill again.
You scan down the statement and see that most of your purchases were random online click-to-buy purchases. You want to save money so you can get out of debt and live a better lifestyle that affords you to travel and work less. But if you’re overspending every month, this is robbing you of all future opportunity.Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. — Warren Buffet Click To Tweet
According to NerdWallet’s 2017 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, the average household carries a credit card debt of $15,654. If you want to destroy your future, you can continue with this habit. If not, try a different approach.
1. Remove your credit card from your Amazon and eBay accounts. In fact, remove it from any account associated with spending, including PayPal. Replace your credit card with a debit card. With a debit card, you can only spend what you have so it is a much better option to going into debt.
2. Track your expenses. This strategy isn’t fun or sexy, I’ll admit. But by tracking your daily expenses for everything you spend money on, it empowers you with knowing where your hard-earned cash is going.
Would you like to know how you spent another $1500 last month on things you don’t remember buying?
Useful apps to make financial planning easier
Let Go of Past Failures
Everyone has a past. Some good, some bad. Some really bad. But if you’re reading this post, you have weathered the storm and now you want to know how to make the best of the rest of your life. That’s a good plan.
Holding onto past resentment and hate is, as Nelson Manuela said, “Drinking a glass of poison then waiting for your enemies to die.”
The past is a powerful force we are all connected to. It is a challenge to come to terms with relationships that ended, losses you have incurred, and failures that linger as your fears remind you “Don’t fail again!”“Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” — Denis Waitley Click To Tweet
But fail we must. Embrace your lessons learned so grow from the experiences that hurt the most. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in life, afraid to move ahead and be great.
The other side to this is living in the fear of what happened and not wanting to relive it. We can recreate what we don’t want by directing our fearful thoughts in that direction.
If you spend endless hours obsessing about all the past yesterdays, you will be lost in the present moment. You neglect the present moment when you choose to live in the “dead space” of past memories; you end up losing golden opportunities of the present day if you are in the habit of obsessing about yesterday’s unfinished outcomes.
Don’t let your past become your future. Use it as a learning tool. Let go of the people and events that are hurting you. get help with this if you need it.
The longer we fixate on past events, the more the past becomes the present, and the present becomes the future.
People who are trapped in a spin cycle of trying to create the future based on past experiences only end up recreating the same results that they experienced in all their yesterdays. Nothing new is created. The past becomes the future once again.
Develop Dynamic Relationships
You want to make real friends and connect with people at a deeper level. But you are an introvert and spend most of your time gathering facebook likes or racking up friends in social media.
Forging genuine relationships, while they can happen just online, stand a better chance of growing at a deeper level when you spend quality time with people.
The value of a good relationship with friends, family and the people you meet on your journey is without a price. If you connect with the right people, you are setting your life up for a dynamic story. Simply put: You can’t make it alone.Building quality relationships has a massive impact on the happiness in your life and the people you care about. Click To Tweet
Life is much more fulfilling when you have real, genuine relationships to share it with. All of us can can draw real strength from the connections we build in both business and our personal lives.
4 ways dynamic relationships impact your life:
Makes difficult decisions easier. Have you ever had a tough decision to make and needed help? Ask someone to listen to your situation and help you decide the best path to take. A good friend can provide insights that you missed and direct your choices towards a better outcome.
Forge unforgettable memories. In the end, it is the time we spend with people, the birthday parties, the late night dinners, the long walks through town, and all the little stuff you will take with you. Memories are what we build so we have something to carry with us until the end of our days.
Learn how you interact. If you are always communicating with people, you are practicing how to interact. The one area we need consistent improvement in is how to communicate, relate to, and understand the people closest to us. It is only in relationships that we can grow. As we get better at developing relationships, the quality of our lifestyle levels up. Satisfaction in personal and business relationships is a direct source of happiness.
Face fear together. Any relationship, with family or friends, is a test of how to handle fear. When we are face to face with a fearful situation, the first thing we want to do is to share this fear with the people closest to us. A good friend can give you empowering advice. Your children can show you that it is okay to be afraid. Your partner reminds you that fear is better matched when two people are facing it together.
Time spent with your children, your brother, an old friend, a new friend…invest in people and you will never lack nor want for anything.
Travel the World
You have always had a hidden passion to travel, but fear of the unknown is holding you back. You know that if you break past this fear, you could discover so much about yourself, other people and cultures.
Traveling to places most people dream of builds confidence, expands your mindset, and you develop a stronger sense of globalization.
With your passport and some cash, you could set out for a life of adventure moving from country to country. Imagine living the digital nomad lifestyle for 6-12 months? You could see the world and earn a living from working online. The possibilities are limitless and fascinating.We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. — Anais Nin Click To Tweet
With the global expansion of borders and air travel as easy as booking a trip anywhere in the world within minutes, you have no limitations to where you can go.
Fear of the Unknown.
What I love about traveling and visiting places I have never been to is the fear of not knowing what to expect. Of course, anyone can visit Disneyland and feel completely safe while getting snapshots of Mickey and the gang in front of the Disney castle.
But if you really want to give your mind a shake, set out to explore distant lands that most people only read about or see on the travel channel.
Traveling is a passion that hooked me early on and since then I have seen some amazing sights. A list of these are:
- Walking on the Great Wall of China
- Shipwreck diving in Palau [and swimming with live sharks]
- Visiting over 200 temples and shrines in Kyoto, Japan [I’ve lived here for twenty years]
- Backpacking through Vietnam
- Connecting with thousands of people on the road speaking different languages and coming from diverse cultures.
- learning to speak different languages.
Challenging the unknown boundaries is pushing your mind and spirit to expand beyond what it considers normal. Can you imagine:
- Climbing the base camp of Mount Everest
- Exploring the Phong Nha Caves in Vietnam
- Volunteering for a worldwide organization that sends you into remote villages as a teacher
- Visiting the Taj Mahal
- Climbing to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas in Peru
- Taking a trip the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world
- Flying over the Grand Canyon [in a plane]
Take a journey and fill up your bucket list with places your imagination is dreaming to see. If you’re short on cash, put away a hundred dollars a month. You can travel on a shoestring budget and still explore the depths of a big world.
Take Massive Action Today
Right now, take some time out to look at your daily habits, your actions and thoughts. Are you working towards building a life of fun, doing the work you enjoy, and expanding on better relationships?
Or, are you stuck because of excessive time wasting, bad money management, and confusion about where you should be heading with your life?
Now is your chance. Take massive action today. Do deep thinking and find out what is holding you back. Are you wasting time by procrastinating? Is fear stopping you from doing what you love?
Work on a plan to turn your sticky points into positive actions. You can do anything you want to when you know what that is.
There is no time to waste. You have too much living to do.