Table of Contents
Introduction . 3
Considering the Reality of What You Want . 8
Prioritizing …….. 9
Chapter 2: Stop Waiting – Take Action Now! . 11
How to Turn Your Current Home Into Your Dream Home …….. 12
How to Get Both Things … 14
Chapter 3: How to be Anything You Want to Be….. 16
How to Become an Actor or a Rock Star in Your 40s… or 80s! While Supporting a Family ……. 17
Coming Up With Strategies ……. 18
Gradual Improvement ….. 18
Chapter 4: The Step Back Technique and Springboarding …….. 20
The Step Back Technique . 22
You Can Fly! …. 22
Chapter 5: Fear Setting and Mitigating Risk … 25
Chapter 6: How to Write Goals ….. 29
Chapter 7: Kaizen and Changing it all at Once …….. 32
The Law of Attraction …… 34
Kaizen …. 34
Chapter 8: What is ‘Lifestyle Design’? … 36
Don’t be Afraid to be Different. 37
Chapter 9: An Introduction to CBT …….. 38
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Chapter 2: Stop Waiting – Take Action Now!
Of course just creating a list of things you want to change and knowing a bit more what it is you want from life is only a very small first step in getting there.
Now you have to actually start making things happen for yourself and that means taking small, positive steps toward achieving your new goals.
This is where most people go wrong. Not because they go about achieving their goals in the wrong way (though this happens) but because they don’t go about it at all.
The big problem for many of us is that we’re seemingly ‘waiting’ for something to happen. We’re happy to just go along with our current lifestyles which are ‘good enough’ rather than aim for something bigger and better.
Sometimes this comes down to fear. Sometimes this comes down to thinking they have no other option. Sometimes it comes down to believing that waiting is legitimately the best strategy for getting what they want.
The ultimate example of this is retirement. How many people do you think live their lives cautiously because they’re saving for retirement? How many people put off going on holidays and travelling the world because they think it’s better to wait for that pay off?
But when you think about it, this makes no sense at all. Of course it makes sense to plan for the future but why would you defer your happiness until you’re at a point in your life where you’re not physically capable of enjoying it to the fullest? Why wait until you have no energy and a painful knee and spine before you start travelling the globe? It just makes no sense when you could take action now and start having the things you want immediately.
Instead, you could start seeing the world now by taking sabbaticals or just by prioritizing your travel on your experience rather than spending money on other things or saving as much. Don’t wait for that perfect moment – do the things you want to do now and live the life you want to live!
Another example of this is wealth. A lot of people will dream about the things they want from life when they’re wealthy. How many times have you imagined your perfect home that you will buy when you’re rolling in cash? It’s something most of us have done at some point.
But now think about what that perfect home actually entails. Most likely, it’s a fairly standard property but with the added bonus of looking cleaner, more spacious and more luxurious.
Does it need to be huge? Does a huge house really make you happier? Probably not.
So instead of waiting until you’re rich to have your dream home, how about thinking how you can make your current home into your dream home? Take action now on the things you want!
How to Turn Your Current Home Into Your Dream Home
Let’s take this moment to look at how you can turn any property into a dream home on a modest budget. This will hopefully then serve as a good example of how you can get what you want from life much more easily once you’ve narrowed down what you really want.
In this case, you say you want to be rich, but what you really want is a beautiful home. You’re putting off doing it because you think that that requires you to be wealthy or retired but you can have it right now if you just focus on the small differences that will make that property feel closer to the one in your dreams. Here are some steps you can take:
Throw out a lot of your things – This might sound surprising but the more of your things you throw out, the more items you’ll be left with will start to look beautiful and amazing. If you have a lot of clutter in your home, then you’re essentially lowering the average value and the average quality of the things you do own. Throw out 90% of your ornaments and the remaining 10% will be the most amazing looking things you have. Likewise, they’ll look less cluttered and thereby draw more attention to themselves. They’ll also be much easier to clean!
Go more minimal – In general, going more minimal with your décor can help you to make your home look much bigger and it makes it that much easier to clean. It’s also a very modern look that’s much more affordable. So stop spending lots of money on large collections of items you don’t need and instead save up for just a few beautiful things.
Prioritize! – If it’s your home that gives you the most pleasure then how about prioritizing it and spending a bit more money on it right now? That might mean cancelling your television subscription for instance and putting that cash into a cleaner, or it might mean not going on holiday this year and getting double glazing instead.
Learn décor – This is a big one. Instead of just placing items around based on what you think looks good, spend some time learning what makes great décor. Once you learn the tricks, you can take a relatively standard looking room and make it look incredible. Does your room have a color palette? Do your cushions match your drapes? It sounds silly but these practices have developed over years of research and business and they make a huge difference.
Look for bargains – If you know where to look and you leverage your contacts, you can make some amazing additions to your home relatively cheaply. This may mean that you speak nicely to your friend who happens to be a builder (mate’s rates!) or it might mean that you look on freecycle to find free furniture.
Get a few center pieces – Just a few high tech pieces of technology, or a few amazing decorations can make all the difference to your home. Depending on your priorities that might mean adding a massive flat screen TV to your living room, or some kind of spectacular water fountain. This bit is expensive but it’s all about investing your money wisely – making the biggest impact with the fewest changes. And sometimes it’s just about doing something different that people don’t see all that often. This makes your home memorable and it doesn’t even have to be expensive.
Suddenly, that home that you thought was off limits starts to feel a lot closer. Sure, it’s a compromise, but while you work on becoming that millionaire you’ll be much happier with the property you’re in. Stop deferring your happiness, ask what you can do right now within your means to be happier!
The same kind of approach can be applied to your dress sense (just a few clever changes can make your outfits that much more impressive) and to your lifestyle.
In the next chapter, we’ll be looking at some of the ways you can start making real progress in your career now instead of waiting for something to change for you.
How to Get Both Things
On a final note, you’ll find that sometimes the things you want are in contrast to one another.
Remember that scenario we posited at the beginning of the book? The pilot who wants to fly long haul but doesn’t want to leave his family?
Actually, it’s more complicated than that. What he really wants is to fly for British Airways (he’s in the UK) because that gives more status than his current position at EasyJet. Moving there and flying long-haul would be the next logical step in his career but it also means upending his family (as British Airways don’t fly from Manchester where his wife wants to live) and it would mean spending long times away from home.Other Details
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