Have you ever tried to get around town with an outdated GPS? Does your car show up in the middle of a corn field on a new road? Then the GPS doesn't recognize it, so it tries to redirect you to the closest road. You know the map is wrong, and you didn't update the GPS. When you go back, it does the same thing again even though you know you're on the right path?
Have you accomplished something you'd never done before? What did that plan look like? Who helped you out? Why did that plan work? Where did you get that plan? What did you need to change about that plan? Did you have to completely reject one plan for another?
Here's the secret of the ones who have their life figured out. They have the right map for them at the right time. They have thought through what they want to do and how they are going to get there. They found the roadmap that best gets them there in the shortest amount of time. They are not afraid to adjust. If you realize the path, the map, the plan isn't working, get a new one!
The truly successful people also made their own way. They designed their own path. They lived their life based on their choices, not the wants and wishes of others. Sometimes they line up, many times they don't. As long as you have your roadmap for what you want, you can never be lost. With careful thought and real time spent hashing out what works and what won't, any direction you go will get you closer to your destination.
You're not going to be so wrong you go in the complete opposite direction of where you want to go. You'll get there, and the journey will be fascinating with twists and turns and obstacles to overcome. Venture on.
How do you know when you have enough money? We all know what it's like not to have enough money, but what is the maximum you would need to fund your life? The real question behind that is how big do you want your life to be?
Money is a game. It has rules and it has strategies. Rules tell you how to play the game: Income, Expenses, Taxes, Investments. Strategies tell you how to win. Here's the strategy you should adopt to be successful at managing your money.
[Concepts from Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, and The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller. All those books can be found here on the reading list.]
There are so many things I "should" be doing right now:
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with what it takes to be an adult in today's society. Even more so when you try to live your life to the fullest and reach the summit of your spiritual experience.
BREATHE. Take a deep breathe, you'll be ok.
I'll be honest, 80% of what is on your "to" do and "should" do list can and should be eliminated. In fact, once you figure it out, it may only take ONE Thing you need to focus on and be great at to achieve the life you want. The rest will fall into place...
Take a second to think about where you are in your life right now.
Really take some time to think about these. You have made choices that lead to all these conditions you currently experience. For those of you who are saying to yourself, "Life is great, I wouldn't change a thing." Thank you for your time, the rest of this post is not for you.
Those of you wanting to commit to a change in any of these areas of your life, this might help.
...how would you live your life?
You and I hear it all the time. "My life would be so much different if I made more money." "I can't go, I don't have the money." "I've always wanted to travel, but I can't afford to take that much time off." I wonder if these people were given a gift of $50,000, how much their life would change?
Money doesn't change people, it only reveals and amplifies them. Someone who is a giving heart and volunteers at a shelter, will continue to do the same if they were given $50,000. Someone who is nasty to other people, will still be just as nasty with a bigger bank account.
So if money, isn't going to change your life, what will? What could be so powerful, that even by flirting with one you like, your life immediately pivots on a dime and start to get tangibly better?