Being free, fulfilled, and living the life you’ve always dreamed of living is fantastic.
But how many are truly willing to take the steps to achieve it?
Living a life full of passion takes work, but it doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing it correctly.
I knew at the age of 16 that I didn’t want to live an “ordinary” life. That’s when I began learning how to live the life of my dreams.
But I didn’t know how to even get started. I had no clue as to how to follow my passion, or how to find my purpose in life.
Today, I do.
And as you keep reading, you’ll discover what I’ve found to work after over a decade of experimentation.
What Do You Really Want?
Money is essential to freedom in the world we live in. This realization can be both good and bad, but for most people it’s a mud trap that gets them sticky and stuck.
If you make money your priority, you abandon your heart, and your passion. Plus, you risk falling for get-rich-quick schemes, and other marketing tricks.
I went through the phase of wanting to have a blue BMW and sitting on a pearly white Caribbean beach working on my laptop. Luckily, I realized that this wasn’t what I really wanted, or needed.
When you figure out what you truly desire, you start to see what your purpose really is. Money can come in second or even third place, but you have to put your heart first.
You can look to others for advice, but in the end you will have to make your own choices.
Where will you start your journey?
How will you move forward?
It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it probably never will be, but in the end you will have to make a decision. What most people don’t realize is that not making a decision is still making a decision.
But how do you make the right decisions? I dive into what I’ve discovered to work in the short video below.
Heart Vs. Head: Which One to Listen to?
How do you know what you really want? You could consult your mind, but you will get a better answer from that red, beating thing in the middle of your chest.
Your heart knows things you have no idea were even possible. It is your guide, and it will take you where you need to go, if you listen to it.
When you listen to your heart, don’t expect miracles, expect whispers and subtle hints.
It’s all too easy to look for others to guide you through life. I’ve been there and done that, and while it certainly is helpful if you’re completely new, at some point you have to take your heart into the equation, and start following your path.
Listening is as simple as putting your attention in your heart. If you haven’t done this, you may want to take a 15-20 minute time-out, close your eyes, and sit quietly feeling your heart.
Accept whatever comes up. You may feel a host of feelings that have been lingering in your body and heart. Acknowledge them, learn from them, and let them be.
If you don’t know how to deal with the emotions that come up, below is a video of how I do it.
The Art of Embracing Life
You were born to do what you love, to experience life to the fullest, in whatever way makes you come alive.
You can do work you love, and make a living at it, as long as you bring value to people’s lives.
There are no crystal balls. No one can guarantee your success. Your journey probably won’t end up looking anything that you thought it would be.
The universe works in mysterious ways, never forget that.
If you’re a blogger and you aren’t seeing results; it may mean that you’re doing something wrong, or it may mean that you aren’t really doing what you were born to do.
Life is a journey, and parts of that journey may mean going through nasty storms that throw up a heap of confusion, but that doesn’t mean you are the storm, and it definitely doesn’t mean that the storm won’t pass.
A common way of trying to get out of the storm is to start running in all directions instead of keeping a steady course. This may mean running west for 5 miles, and then running east for 10 miles. It leaves you where you started.
Here’s a video of mine where I share how I get through these storms.
You will know when you are sharing your gift because not only does it feel extremely good, but people are telling you that it is transforming their life.
When I started this blog back in 2009, I wasn’t receiving any praise, but within a few months of writing from the heart, I started getting the odd email here and there from people telling me that my writing inspired them.
This is what you want to look for. It may come in different forms, but the feeling is unmistakable.
Creating And Delivering Value
The best way to make a living doing what you love is to create and deliver value.
That simply means solving a problem for people. It could mean inspiring someone with your story, or helping them overcome a problem. Don’t think big. Think small. Think tiny.
When I began in 2009, I didn’t know how I was going to be valuable. All I knew was that I was inspired to write and share my story. And it turned out that my story was valuable to people.
So you may not feel like you have anything to offer, but you do. You have a story to tell. We are all walking stories, and people want to hear your perspective.
You’ve overcome hardships in your life. Share them. Yes, it’s going to be scary, but the fear is there to show you that you’re heading in the right direction. It’s okay to quiver a bit.
Tapping into Abundance
How much money do you really need to support your rent and food habit? It is often less than you think. Kill your TV, get rid of your car, sell your crap, and get serious about what is really essential in your life.
Here’s a hint: it isn’t the stuff.
When you realize that you don’t need $5,000/month to survive, you realize that creating an online business that sustains you is a lot easier than you think.
I personally don’t have to worry about making huge piles of money because I live a very simple life. I’ve lived in Spain for 11 months.
[Update: I’ve now lived in Scandinavia since 2011 and I love being back. I also became a father. First son born in 2011. Second son in 2015. It’s been an interesting ride, but more on that later.]
So another important step to freedom is to look at your beliefs around money. In the below video I talk about the fear of running out of money, and how it may be running your life.
An Accurate View of Reality
If you want to be free, fulfilled, and do what you love, you have to be realistic, and you have to have courage.
You have to have an accurate view of reality to make this work, and the way you reach a point where you start tasting success, tasting freedom, and being fulfilled is by learning from the people who have already done it, taking action and learning from your mistakes.
If you’re serious about living the life of your dreams, start paying attention to your heart, and what you’re passionate about.
You don’t have to be clear about your passion, you just have to start doing what interests you, and that will then lead you to the next thing, and the next, until you wake up and feel energy dancing in your whole body.
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