Do you want an awesome life?
I think it’s safe to say that we all do, each of us with our own definition of awesome. But, somewhere along the way as we grow older, we lose sight of that vision. We become distracted by the many things that come along on the path to a meaningful life.
The world screams in our face that there is only one path that we can follow, and if we dare venture off course, we’ll regret it and work at McDonalds for the rest of our lives and live in a box under the bridge. This unwavering path is typically defined as: get a degree, find a steady job, raise a family (with no more than 2.5 kids), retire and live happily ever after.
This is considered normal. If you don’t follow this recipe, you’ll be weird and stick out in the crowd, says the world. But this doesn’t sound like the road to awesome at all.
It sounds boring, lacking adventure, and completely meaningless.
I’d say it’s the road straight to average and mediocre. And I don’t want that. I want some adventure and excitement in my life. I’m not going to conform to society’s little politically-correct box of nothingness.
And if you’re reading this, chances are high that you don’t want an average life either. You want to get off mediocre highway and get onto the road to awesome.
So I’ve defined two extremely critical questions we absolutely must ask ourselves if we want to have a fulfilling and adventurous life. And in next week’s article, I’ll outline some practical steps to help you get started on this journey to the land of awesome.
Let's get started.
1. What do you really want your life to look like?
It all starts with a vision.
We can’t get to where we want to go, if we don’t know where we’re going. It’s really that simple. Take the time to define what you want your life to look like in a month, a year, 5, 10, and 20 years. The further ahead you think, the more likely you are to be successful.
Think really, really big.
Now is not the time to play it safe. Because if your dreams don’t scare you, make them bigger. Don’t limit yourself. Our mindsets are usually the biggest thing holding us back. If we believe that we’ll have a million dollars at age 30, we’ll probably have a million dollars by age 30. But if we doubt our ability to make money, we’ll probably stay broke until we’re dead.
Be extremely specific and detailed in visualizing your life.
Visualize exactly the awesome you want to have in your life in 5, 10, and 20 years.
Paint a vivid picture of what you want in your life, with as much detail as you can imagine. Think of the conversations you’ll have, with the beautiful people you want to do life with. Imagine yourself in 10 years sharing a beer and having a laugh with someone who you really admire today. Play that scene over and over in your head until it seems real, and then when you actually have that conversation it will feel like deja vu.
Imagine your dream house you’ll live in, in your dream location. What does it look like, what does it smell like? Visualize the incredible things you’ll see, in places you can only dream of. Imagine the world-changing businesses you’ll have started, with the income necessary to make your dreams and the dreams of your family a reality. Think about the amazing people you’ll be able to help because of your success. Just imagine being able to help alleviate poverty or end sex trafficking (I’m working on this one.) because you planned to do it.
This gets me excited beyond words. Because I know it works. Obviously I’m not there yet, but I’ve studied many successful people and this is what almost all of them have done, to some degree, to get to where they are today.
Key takeaway: You can’t get to where you want to go if you don’t know what you want. So visualize, in extreme detail, the life you want.
2. How bad do you want the life you envision?
Now that we know what we want our life to look like, we must determine whether or not we are willing to pay the high price in order to make that life a reality.
If we’re not willing to suffer, we will never create a life worth bragging about.
Because creating the life of our dreams will not be easy. There will be many hard days, sleepless nights, and tough decisions to make. I’m sure there will be painful seasons where our faith is tested, and we will be forced to trust in what we can’t see. There will be moments where have second thoughts on the life we’re pursuing, and questions of “Is this even worth it?”
I have no doubt that there will be tears shed and frustration released at many points in the process. But I heard this statement once that puts all this in perspective, and I believe it with everything that’s in me:
It will be so much harder than you thought, but oh so much better than you ever could have imagined.
It won’t be easy, but it will be so worth it.
Practical Next Steps
Get clear on a vision for your life. The more detailed the better, but it doesn't need to be perfect right now. Just write something down. Scribble something in a journal or the Notes app on your phone. And as time goes by, it will change, but keep thinking about it and writing it down.
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