Today after a long day at work, I was listening to the Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 51. Pat Flynn is the host, and his guest was none other than Tim Ferris.
They were talking a bit about the principals of The 4 Hour Workweek, and what the book really aims to teach. They were discussing the fact that the author, Tim, didn’t literally mean only work 4 hours per week. What he really means is that you can become so much more efficient at your job that you can accomplish in only 4 hours what used to take you 40.
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Pat has also been talking a lot about how to start a business while having a family and full-time job. Basically it comes down to how bad you want it for most people. I say most, because I know some might have more than one job and have no time at all to put on a new project.
For most people however this isn’t the case. Most people probably watch an hour or two of TV everyday, or browse the internet to see what’s up with their friends. This brings me to my epiphany today.
You don’t find the time, you make the time.
Working for yourself and generating enough income to provide for your family might sound scary at first. It still does to me. I have a mental roadblock telling me that it has to be hard. Now that I’ve discovered this limiting belief, I’m working to change it. It might put some people off enough to delay their dreams and make excuses like “I don’t have the time to start a blog”.
For me, something just clicked recently. I’ve come to believe with 100% certainty that as long as I keep working towards my goal of financial and location independence, I will achieve it.
I know I’ve said it on here before. But just for my job, I would be gone about 10 hours a day. That’s a long time to ask someone to be away from their family for any amount of pay.
Once I get home, it’s daddy mode. I play with ‘Spirit’, we eat dinner, I bathe her, then it’s off to bed for everyone. I usually have about 30 minutes before I go to sleep, then I’m up at 4 or 5 am to drive to the office.
I don’t clock in until 8, but I am making the time to succeed. I get around 3 hours of uninterrupted work done every day. It’s not much, but I’m determined to make it. Hopefully some of you are reading this in the near future and I’ve made great progress.
I also realized, by spotting a pattern in Pats guests, that probably the number 1 reason people fail is simply not taking consistant action. Most of his guests who are regular people echo the same sentiment, that success came from finally doing, and not just reading blogs and learning. As the recent guest put it, ready, fire, aim is the tactic he used.
To be completely honest, that’s what inspired me to start this blog post tonight. I’ve been writing for a half hour now and it doesn’t feel like work at all. It feel like I’m composing a long email to a good friend. I’m doing it because I know I have to take action. I have to always be doing something to reach my goals, or I will never reach them.
Change the way you speak, and you can change your future.
While listening to the Internet Business Mastery podcast last week, they said something which stuck and fits this post perfectly. Instead of saying you don’t have the time to work on your business, you should rephrase it and say the following:
Working for myself isn’t a priority right now.
Wording it this way it makes you realize what your true priorities are (cough TV) and it should force you to realign them. Everyone on earth has the same 24 hours each day, but why do some people achieve great success and others meander through life not accomplishing anything of great importance?
It’s due to the priorities in life, and if they choose to follow their passions. I know many people who are passionate about being with their families, or traveling, yet they still plan on working 40+ hours a week for the rest of their lives.
My passions and values are what wake me up excited to go in to work when the sun is still down. Writing posts like this with the idea that I could help a single person achieve their dreams of working for themselves while traveling is very motivational.
Finding Your Single Motivating Purpose
The Internet Business Mastery podcast has been talking a lot recently about “Finding your Single Motivating Purpose” in life. This is the one thing that at a core, defines you. It’s what you were put on this earth to do, and if you could do this one thing until the day you die, you would feel
content satisfied fulfilled with your life. It’s the one thing that you do naturally in all walks of life. It’s what you would do if you didn’t have to worry about income at all.
Imagine that you had no expenses for the rest of your time here on earth. All your food, bills, shelter, and living expenses were covered 100%. What would you do with your life?
I’m not talking about the next 6 months of vacation, I’m talking about the next 10, 20, or even 50 years. For Brianne and me, it’s to always be helping others, traveling, learning, exploring, and improving who we are as people.
It’s important not to get stagnant with who you are and what you do. Part of what makes humans feel at peace is achieving mastery in something. This could be of any subject or task you can imagine.
For my mom, it’s her relationship with God. This is the #1 important thing in her life, and she receives a deep sense of peace and connection in her life when she’s enthralled in studying God, hearing about God, and teaching others about God. I respect her immensely for her passion and pursuit of it. It’s what makes her happy as a person, and in the end, that’s what truly matters.
For my Dad, I’d say his is living for the moment. My father was not around most of my life. His reasons were varying, but one thing I always respected about him looking back is that he was following his passions. He did what he wanted, when he wanted to. This made many other people around him upset, and cost him many relationships. I hope that he can look back at his life and realize he did what he was meant to do. He lived out his purpose and experienced life to the fullest.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The Digital Hippies tagline is “Explore. Dream. Discover.” That’s actually part of a longer phrase by Mark Twain which goes:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
I believe my dad followed that motto his entire life. This has also been my motto since I first read it years ago.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, so get out there, sail away from the safe harbor of a 9-5 job, make the time to live your dreams, and control your own destiny. We are all here for an unknown amount of time. I’m only 32 years old as of writing this, but I could die 5 years from now, or 5 minutes from now. I’m making the most of every moment I have and making sure I have no regrets.
I’d love to know that I may have helped you in overcoming some limiting beliefs. What limiting beliefs do you have, and how are they holding you back? Take action, post a comment below sharing your limiting beliefs in your life, and how you plan to overcome them! Just putting it down in writing is a step towards completing them.
Until next time Explore. Dream. Discover.