Updated: Feb 16, 2020
This may be the most powerful statement someone has spoken to me recently. Or maybe it was the timing in hearing it...
The question is: How do you make something so distant an obtainable goal? And as soon as I formed this question my brain knew the answer. My topic is travel but this can literally be applied to anything.
1. Decide what you want. Name it specifically.
2. Decide why you don’t already have that. (Money/ time).
3. Plan a solution. Find the money. Define a time.
4. Put it on the calendar.
And so.... with life there are always reasons to wait. To keep cycling through the exact patterns of the days and routine. To keep going with the familiar. Maybe what you want is huge. Out of grasp. Seems impossible.
Expand your imagination.
Is this desire really that far stretched? You are on planet traveling at about 1.6 million miles (2.6 million km) a day, or 66,627 mph (107,226 km/h) and the majority of that rotation you don’t even know you’re spinning (do you??)! Did you even realize how fast or far you were moving just by being present? You are rotating the sun as you sleep and your body is wired to keep breathing, blood pumping, and thoughts connecting without any effort from you what so ever. How much more can you do with an intention? First know: anything that you want to do is actually possible.
But But But....
I know. Its money isn’t it? Most of the time it is because we live right up to our means. Lifestyles are expensive to maintain! So the first thing you have to do is repair your relationship with your finances. Don’t be mad about how much you make or take home. Don’t be mad about how much your bills are. That is wasted energy. Instead, right now name all of the things that you are grateful for that you already have. Maybe the things you take for granted every day like hot running water and instant electricity have become boring. I know if you’re living in today’s modern era it is easy to take for granted all the comforts of home. I think the first step is really gratitude. Look around you and start listing the things you see as your gratefuls!
Understanding how hard people work to not have to go hunting every day for their food or send mail that took weeks for a response across the country. And take a deep breath and just be grateful you live in this time where convenience and immediate gratification are the norm. Relax, your troubles are first world problems, which are good problems to have!
Then let’s take that convenience and instant gratification and make it yours to own. Look at the things you are paying for and what type of pleasure they bring you. Look at your spending habits and figure out which is easier for you: Lowering expenses or raising income? No buts. I know. We all have limitations. Push past them and be creative.
Prioritize: Then work your assets. Things like income tax returns or gifts. Look at resources that you have or have not been putting to work for you.
Forgive! If in the past you have not followed through with intentions you made with your own self your first step now is to forgive that pattern and break it. We will no longer say things to ourselves that we don’t mean. If you commit to something hold yourself accountable and prove to yourself that your words become reality.
And then: map it. If by some crazy occurrence it works out, what’s your best scenario? It’s also a good idea to have some plan B’s in case plans become challenged by weather or unforeseen events, know what you’re options are.
And that thing that you want? Make it an obtainable goal. Sometimes all you need is a person to tell you that at the right time, and next thing you know the vision is already beginning to focus.
Be blessed in all your travels, near and far
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