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Old Home Office

Way back in 2001 when I was working in a crummy old garage I hated it. So I set a goal of saving up enough money to buy our 1st home and I went on to make so much that we bought a 2 acre lifestyle property.

 

View From New Home Office 6 Months Later

It took me 6 months to make the money to do that, but once I did it I didn’t have any future goals. But because of all the hard work I had done I had lots of money coming in automatically without me hardly having to do any work.

So I had the dream but there was one problem.

I wasn’t motivated or really happy!

You see, I had nothing to live for. I had no future goals, no future aspirations. I was semi-retired before the age of 30.

To help fix this problem I thought it would be good to set some more goals. So I set a goal to go on a great holiday with the family overseas. I did that and I still wasn’t happy. Then I thought buying some toys will help, so I bought some classic cars, quad bikes, collectable items etc., etc.

None of it worked.

You see, I wasn’t contributing to anyone. I was getting everything provided without doing any work.

I would wake up every day without a vision for how I wanted to live each day and I wondered what in the world I should do.

You see, to get our 1st home it was all about the money. But money never buys happiness. Granted it does make life easier in some respects, but you can’t buy happiness — you can always get more stuff and make more money, but you only have one life!

So I want to make sure that you don’t fall into the same trap I did, and this exercise I’m going to get you to do is the solution.

Ok, so as I’ve said, more money doesn’t buy happiness. Your life is made up of one day at a time, so that’s what you need to focus on — not stuff or things.

You need to decide where you will be working, who you will be with etc., etc.

Plus, you need to then expand this out to determine how many days per week you want to work.

For myself personally, I like working. I enjoy it.

So my average week from doing this exercise is about 30 hours of work and that’s broken up to work 5 days a week. There’s always periods where you have to work very hard if you’re getting a new project up and running, and there’s times when you can take a day off without asking anyone. But I’m talking about averages. You need to know how your average work week in your Internet business is going to look when you have “made it”. Then you need to know what you will be doing in your time off, you need to know where you will be spending your holidays etc.

So here are the steps you need to follow to do this critical exercise, and I suggest you do it right now.

1st. Your Dream Working Day

Most people start work on a Monday so I want you to imagine it’s a Monday, and I want you to answer the questions that follow…

Important Note: You should just be putting down ideas. Don’t worry about a right or wrong answer. None of this is set in stone. Just put down some thoughts and go from there.

  • Where are you living (e.g. the address and geographical location)?:
  • What does your house look like – describe it in as much detail as you like.
  • Write down what time you would wake up, how you would wake up, how you would feel, what you would be thinking as you wake up etc.
  • Describe what you would do as soon as you wake up.
  • Describe everything you will do in the morning before you start work. Get into all the mundane stuff like getting the kids off to the school, having a shower, eating breakfast, exercise etc.,etc.
  • Describe where you are working and what time you start work. Outline what you will be doing for work. Also describe the purpose of what you’re doing for work, the reason you’re doing it (not monitory). Describe your customers and what they are like etc.
  • Lunch time. :-) Write down what you’re having for lunch, where you are having lunch, with whom and for how long etc.
  • If you go back to work after lunch then write down what you’re going to do and for how long. If you’re not going to go back to work describe what you’re going to do instead.
  • After you’ve finished work for the day describe the rest of your evening.
  • What will you be having for dinner, with whom and where etc. Then what will you be doing after dinner until you shut your eyes and go to sleep. And what will you be thinking as you go to sleep etc.

Ok, so if you’ve completed that little exercise, well done. Now you need to put all of that together into one story that outlines your dream ideal, typical day.

When you do this dream document please understand that this document is a fluid, living document that you should be changing. It is not a goal setting document. It is how you want your “normal” life to be and that will change as you get more information.

So type out for your dream Monday. Then do the same for the rest of the week. If you expect your Tuesday to be pretty much the same then just put in the words: Same As Monday — under the Tuesday heading.

But in your average working week you may want to spend an afternoon here and there doing something fun like going for a hike, or playing a game of golf, or going fishing etc. You may even do something like that 3 times a week. So you’ll mainly work mornings. It’s up to you.

Just create what you think would be a good ‘typical’ week.

This is your dream working lifestyle that you’re creating.

So do that for your entire week (including the weekend).

Once you have done this I then want you to do the same type of thing for a normal holiday that you go on regularly.

2nd. Your Dream Average Holiday

You need to refresh and recharge the batteries and get away from your Internet business now and again. So I want you to outline a dream holiday that you will take regularly. Write down in detail some ideas on your dream average holiday.

  • Where will you be staying?
  • What place are you staying in….is it your own or rented or a hotel etc?
  • What will you be doing with your time?
  • Who will you be spending your holiday with?
  • How often do you go on holiday etc., etc.

I really do hope that you have followed through and completed this task up to this point. When you have here’s how you need to use it…

Your Driving Force

3rd. Your Driving Force

If you haven’t noticed yet there’s a bit of competition out there to get your attention. When people try to get your attention they generally don’t have your best interests at heart.

For example, if you have a dream of owning a successful Internet business do you think all the ads promoting things like depression tablets, sex pills, debt consolidation etc. care about your dream?

Of course they don’t!

They want to interrupt whatever you’re doing and get you to buy their product.

And in the Internet marketing niche you get bombarded with products that claim quick and easy results. It’s so easy to see someone else supposedly making a million dollars or some other large figure by doing something else. It’s so easy to get distracted by other people and most times you’re not told the full story anyway.

But when I went from working in a garage to 6 months later owning a 2 acre lifestyle property, a large part of it was because I picked a market, I had a solution, I had a website, I worked hard to get traffic to the website and I worked on trying to get more conversions and…

I shut everything else out!

I didn’t go buying stuff to learn. I was too busy earning.

There is a key distinction for you in that, if you’re one of those who tend to buy lots of courses and programs and not take much action.

To help you focus and remain focused in order to achieve your dreams, I want you to start each day by reading your dream average working day. Then I want you to shut your eyes and visualize yourself living your dream. Do this for anywhere between 1-5 minutes. Then read your dream average holiday and do the same thing afterward.

Then at the end of your day I want you to read your dream document and visualize yourself living this dream.

As you do this you’ll find things that you want to take out of your document and things you want to add. That’s fine. This dream document is a living document. It’s not set in stone. You can and should alter it to suit where you are today, because you’re always changing and so should the document.


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