1. What would you do if there were no way you could fail? If you were 10 times smarter than the rest of the world?
Create two timelines—6 months and 12 months—and list up to five things you dream of having (including houses, cars, clothing), being fluent in Spanish, visiting Samoa, in that order. If you have difficulty identifying what you want in some categories, as most will, consider what you hate or fear in each and write down the opposite. Do not limit yourself, and do not concern yourself with how these things will be accomplished. For now, it’s unimportant. This is an exercise in reversing repression.
2. Drawing a blank?
No excuses to why you’re being held back from your dream. NONE!
If this is the case, even if you’ve ran into a mental roadblock, consider these questions:
a. What would you do, day to day, if you had $100 million in the bank?
b. What would make you most excited to wake up in the morning to another day?
Don’t rush—think about it for a few minutes. If still blocked, fill in the five “doing” spots with the following:
one place to visit
one thing to do before you die (a memory of a lifetime)
one thing to do daily
one thing to do weekly
one thing you’ve always wanted to learn”
3. What does “being” entail doing?
Convert each “being” into a “doing” to make it actionable. Identify an action that would characterize this state of being or a task that would mean you had achieved it. People find it easier to brainstorm “being” first, but this column is just a temporary holding spot for “doing” actions.
Great cook —->make Christmas dinner without help
Fluent in Spanish——> have a five-minute conversation with a Spanish speaking co-worker”
4. What are the four dreams that could change it all….
I’m talking about myself coming here to Thailand. If it wasn’t for coming here, I wouldn’t be in a remarkably primed position where I’m at today (because the story of teaching here and hardships I’ve overcome). Pick four dreams that could reshape your life forever. Period.
5. Target Monthly Income
Read carefully since I actually made it much more complicated in my podcast. Target Monthly Income is how much you’re going to need to finance your goal (car, plane ticket, train ticket around Europe, etc). With that being said, take a Hawaiian Airlines RT ticket from Los Angeles for example.
Hawaii Airlines ticket July 3rd, 2017 = 682.10$
I’ve found the ticket for you, although there are other tickets 50$ cheaper but involve you doing multiple stops (makes no sense doing multiple stops when you’re already at LAX).
So, look at your finances. Another example would be if you make 1500$ USD a month, how much are your monthly expenses and utilities? How much can you actually save? Ok…lets say you can save a hundred a month. In 7 months, you have a plane ticket. Cut back a little bit and you might possibly have a plane ticket in 6 months.
Get the drift?
So, in 6 months…you have money for the plane ticket and hotel per night is probably around 100$ (could pay much cheaper for hostels but wouldn’t recommend it). In one year, you have the hotel and plane ticket money for that absolute dream trip to the most gorgeous state and America and one of the most beautiful islands on the planet.
No excuses. Start calculating!
Here’s an example from Tim Ferris’ book which he had written down.