A life created by your own imagination? Yes, please!
It is a pleasure to be in touch with you again. I’ve been working on my Happiness Plan and thought it’d be a great idea to create a mutual mentorship, that is, work with others who also want to change their lives. We can compare notes and meet right here on this platform to discuss our progress.
Do you have an idea or passion you can act on immediately? Does it excite you? Is it a dream life for you?
Richard Koch, author of Living the 80/20 Way recommends that before we embark on our Happiness Plan, that we must be very specific about our 80/20 destination (more on this later).
3 Steps to Your Happiness Plan:
- Simplify: After reviewing your list of goals, select one where you most want things to improve. You can accomplish all your goals just not all at once.
Like many, I have goals for each life domain (career, personal, self, money, relationships, etc.). And like some of you, I have several goals for each area.
Conventional minds will always want to place you in a category. I remember feeling frustrated when I didn’t know how to stick to one career objective.
I was always baffled when my peers didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives and here I was wanting to be both (simultaneously) a vet and a professional ballroom dancer. Actually, the vet part is fictional — I wish I had the stomach to be a vet, then I’d be able to help all my animal friends–the ballroom dancer part, that’s a true story.
I felt that life was too long to do the same thing over and over. I stuck to my guns and traded becoming a renowned expert in one thing for a life filled with different career paths.
I have several passions and have found that my life has been most enjoyable when I’m driven by the things that excite me. I’m now enjoying and embracing my unique place in this universe and I encourage you all to do the same. Don’t drift aimlessly through life without realizing the best of what you can become.
I did, however, find the nucleus of my one true love and that is to live life the 80/20 way and to apply it to every aspect of my life. I’ve been doing this for the past year and it’s become revolutionary.
- Find the 80/20 Route: Find the most exciting route that will give you more for less. Focus on producing extraordinary results without extraordinary effort.
My husband works in medical device sales and he’s really good at it. But the truth is, he only works about 2–3 solid hours per day. He is efficient in a very relaxed way. He goes into the office about once per week for a few hours and spends the rest of his time working from home and regularly visiting his top 20 clients: those that produce 80 percent of his revenue. He avoids doing business with the 80 percent of people and organizations that combined contribute a mere 20 percent to his income.
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Start Now: Take small but very well-directed actions every day towards your goal. Don’t try to cram everything in one day.
Please believe me when I tell you that living out your Happiness Plan is highly possible regardless of your current financial status, educational background or profession. But it will require you to focus (strong emphasis on focus), simplify and set limits on everything you do. Don’t let the modern world push you towards more is more. Have the confidence to leave the crowd.
As always, thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your life. And if you would, please leave me a comment, like and share!