What really holds people back from achieving the life they want?
I think that answering this and getting what you want is a 4-step process.
1.) You have to identify what you want.
This is probably the hardest step.
What is it you truly want? Not what society thinks you want. Not what is expected of you. Not what makes the most money or has the most prestige.
What is it you really want? What is it you DO NOT want?
2.) You have to identify what is preventing you from getting what you want.
How are you spending your time?
How are you spending your money?
What hobbies are serving you, and what hobbies are not?
3.) You have to identify what steps you must take to get what you want.
Eliminate the barriers you identified.
Ask for help if you need it.
Organize your time in a way that will help you take the first step.
4.) Take the first step
The following is an example to help you understand how this process works:
Michael is a single guy working 40+ hours a week at a survival job. Michael has some college but wants to start his own business. His job is exhausting, but it pays the bills. Michael is content, but wants to be happier. How does he do this?
1.) What does Michael want?
Michael says he wants to be able to live an active life with enough money to pay for what he needs to survive, have life experiences (some vacations, time for hobbies, money for fun things). Michael would like to work mostly for himself and do freelance and have time off when he wants it. Michael is content being single, but if romance shows up and seems right, he is not opposed.
2.) What are the barriers for Michael to get what he wants?
The job Michael wants requires training. Training costs money.
3.) What steps must Michael take to get what he wants?
Michael must work his first job to make money for the training.
Michael must give up a few of his expensive hobbies for the time it takes him to complete the training.
Michael must plan his days to fit in both training and his current job.
4.) What is the first step Michael must take?
Enroll in the training (or save enough money for the training and then enroll).
Michael must also be aware that his life will be very full. There probably will not be time for vacation, eating out or spending extra money.
This is TEMPORARY and things will slow down.
A 5th step would be this:
Remember that this busy time of saving and working will pass. You will get the life you want.
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I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
What steps would you add? How have these steps played out in your life to get you where you are now?