You want to make more money.
You want to work fewer hours.
You want to control when you work, where you work, and how you work.
Of course you do!
Everyone wants that…
But some people live it.
I’m in Portugal right now, for instance, sipping on espresso at a local coffee shop, typing this blog post to the cool sound of barista chatter on a misty morning.
Yesterday, I wrote one article for my primary remote job, another article for a freelance client, and then I was done. All in all, I worked about 4 hours. I spent the rest of the day at the park with my daughter and wife, watching my one-year old learn to walk.
The day before that, I was at the Portugal beach learning to surf.
And about two weeks ago, I was in the Ortigia harbor in Italy sailing back and forth with two Italian compadres I’d only just met.
Tomorrow, my wife is doing Pilates on the beach and I’m going to practice surfing some more.
Pretty great, right?
Don’t get me wrong… this lifestyle has challenges and struggles just like every lifestyle does.
Our house still hasn’t sold, which is forcing us to pay double mortgage payments every month. After staying at an AirBnB in Italy, the host accused us of breaking their wash machine and scratching the wall, demanding that we pay them $400.
And we’re trying to figure out whether we should get rid of our dogs for good (currently, my parents have adopted them).
That’s the reality.
Sometimes you surf on the beach all day. And sometimes you stress about not selling your damn house.
But here’s the thing…
You’ll always stress about money.
You’ll always stress about bills coming due, money coming in, and plenty of other minutia.
Truth is, that stress isn’t a situational issue, but a mindset issue.
Which means that your situation has very little baring on how stressed you are – that’s up to you to decide. Will you let money stress you out? Will you let difficult choices stress you out? Will you let setbacks stress you out?
Your choice. Your call.
So assuming that you’re going to keep your existing mindset, you’ll be stressed about money, sex, food, etc, whether you’re surfing on the beach in Portugal or sitting on the couch in your hometown.
I’d choose the surf.
But, that raises another question…
What is your first step to living a free lifestyle where you can work when you want, where you want, and how you want?
Let’s assume you don’t even want to travel…
Maybe you just want to stay home more and spend time with the family. Maybe you want to go to the park and do more picnics. Or maybe you want to not worry about whether you can afford to get a damn drink when you go out to eat.
Whatever your motivation, the starting place is the same…
I’m serious. That’s your first step. Do something – anything – that moves you one step toward that dream. Do it today and spend at least 10 minutes on it. Then spend 10 minutes on it tomorrow.
And the next day. And the day after that.
Before you know it, you’ll be heading in the direction of your dreams.
What are some things you could do?
Here are a few ideas…
- Start a blog.
- Write a book.
- Start a podcast.
- Apply for a remote job.
- Start a business with a friend.
- Invest in real estate.
- Save up money to invest.
- Negotiate remote work conditions at your current job.
Those are just a few ideas.
But each is a wonderful first step.
Now, I’m not saying that you’re going to write an entire book tomorrow or that you’re going to rise to the top of iTunes playlist within the next week. I’m simply saying that success favors those who take action.
If you’re someone who’s been sitting around with lots of ideas but little execution…
Consider this as your sign from god (did I just call myself god?)…
Get off your ass and do something…
Whatever is on your mind that you’ve been thinking about starting. Just freaking do it.
Maybe it’ll work. Maybe it won’t.
Who cares – the point is to try and pursue your dreams rather than sitting around wishing for something that’ll never happen without cold, hard work.
In the end…
You have two options…
Stop wishing for a different life.
Or change the life you have into the life you wish you had.
You have to start somewhere – and anywhere is a whole lot better than nowhere.
Hit me in the comments with what you’re going to do to get started! (You’re statistically more likely to complete something if you write it down).