Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it only took three easy steps to live the life of your dreams?
It may not be quite that simple, but getting on the path to a life you love is something you can begin today.
Before we get into how to live the life of your dreams, let’s talk about what it’s made up of.
What is "the life of your dreams"?
Doing work you love.
Having enough money to cover both your needs and wants.
Having loving, supportive relationships.
Having the time available to do things you enjoy.
Being able to help others.
These are all things that most people would agree go into having a great life.
Numerous studies show us that having a happy life is good for us. Grace wrote about the benefits of doing work you love a few weeks ago. We can all agree that being happy is good for our well-being, and we would all love to achieve those benefits.
However, how do we make it happen when life seemingly always gets in the way, throws roadblocks in our path, and conspires against us?
1. Make a Commitment
The easiest way to get started is to make a commitment. Do you back out of your commitments to others? Probably not.
If you promise you will pick up your kids from the mall, you don't just leave them there. If you promise your boss you will have a project completed by a certain date, you do it.
Making a commitment to yourself is a great way to get started on the right foot. Put it in writing. Create a contract that you sign and post where you'll see it every day. Write things on the calendar.
If you feel like slacking off think about your commitment. Remember that you gave your word that you would do this.
2. Put a Deadline on It
Don’t just say I'll quit my job and start a dog grooming business. If you want the life of your dreams, you have to put a deadline on it.
How many times have you said “I want to do X”, and then you haven’t done X. Probably a lot. I sure have.
When you put a deadline on things, you move them to the forefront. I wrote an article about having a flexible deadline that will give you more insight into how to make deadlines work for you.
However, what you need to take away from this point is that the deadline is the bridge between the commitment and the third step, action.
A deadline is the bridge between making a commitment and taking action.
3. Take Action
If you want anything, you must take action.
Do you want a beverage? You have to either get up and get it or speak to someone else and ask that they get it for you. You cannot simply sit and expect the beverage to appear without doing a single thing to get it. You must take action.
Once you commit to creating something in your life and set a deadline for when you want to achieve it, you naturally must take action for this dream to become reality.
Pulling it all Together
I know you are probably thinking “that’s easier said than done”, and you are right, it is much easier said than done.
But if you want it bad enough getting it done can be fun and exciting.
Here is a real life example for you.
We made a commitment to release an e-book on Amazon as a next step in our business. The deadline was to have the book available for sale by the week of November 9, 2015. We made that commitment around the first week of October, which gave us just five full weeks to get an e-book written, published, and up for sale on Amazon.
Did we do it?
Yes, in fact, the e-book was available on November 2, a full week earlier than we committed to.
Was it easy?
No, not really, but it was fun to create. Having a book on Amazon is exciting and we are hopeful that it will inspire many people to make the jump into doing work they love.
As you can see, once we made the commitment to release an e-book, the next natural step was to say when we wanted to have it available. Once the deadline was made, it helped to bridge the gap to the action steps we had to complete to make that e-book a reality. You can use these same simple steps to begin creating wonderful things in your life.
Let us know in the comments below what you plan to create in the coming months.
A Special Gift For You
As a special gift for our readers and community members, we are offering the book as a free download from Thursday morning November 12, 2015, through Monday midnight November 15, 2015.
Here is a link to the book: Live the Life of Your Dreams by Doing Work You Love. We would love it if you downloaded the book. Feel free to share the link with your friends and family. It is a short read but packed with powerful information.
It would mean the world to us if you would leave a review of the book on Amazon after you read it.