2 Factors That Stop you From Achieving the Lifestyle you Want

I don’t know how many people are chasing the location independent or lifestyle design life as some of us call it, but it seems like every day I find a new person coming aboard. I’m not trying to hate on them; that would make me a hypocrite. I actually love that more and more people are starting to realize that you can live the life you want to live, and do unconventional things. Can you handle the truth?

Can every one of us REALLY live the life they want to live?

No worries, there are people already doing it. It is possible and they’re showing us how to do it too. One of the biggest evangelists of doing what you love and getting paid for it has done all the tests for us. Tim Ferriss – author of The 4-Hour Workweek and now The 4-Hour Body doesn’t Bullshit, he actually does what he preaches and there’re people that back him up.

Here is the issue with a lot of us, including myself in 2010. We want the life but we don’t want to put in the work. You and I know that anything worth having takes effort and patience. Another issue is that we got all these GURUS, FAKE A#$, marketers trying to make false promises of making thousands in a couple of hours of work with no effort and getting results within days, sometimes minutes!

effort:
1. exertion of physical or mental power: “It will take great effort to achieve victory.”
2. an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule.
3. something done by exertion or hard work: “I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort.”

patience:
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

Those are some of the meanings of these two words that I found. If you’re not doing any of those two, you’re not striving towards the life you’ve been dreaming about.

Take these two giant words and put them in front of your computer or ingrain them into your brain if you can. Any time you feel you’re not achieving the success you expected, ask yourself

“how patient am I right now?” or “how much physical or mental power am I putting into this work?”

It’s good to sometimes just stop ask yourself these questions. To often we want it to be a smooth ride or a quick one. But it’s not!

Starting now you should stop looking for shortcuts and start making an effort and having patience if you want to get where it is you want to be in 2011. It’s not what you do today or at the end, but in the middle.

If you’re one of those people that’s gotten into lifestyle design or location independence and been sold BULLSHIT and stuff is not happening, it is time to realize you need to forget about that get-rich quick shit and start making the effort and having the patience to succeed.

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  • Jon

    Good call, “stop looking for shortcuts.” Also, you mentioned people, “want the life but they don’t want to put in the work.” That’s so true especially offline.

    I’m big into weightlifting and everyone I talk to talks a big game and sets intentions. They want to lift this or that and talk about supplements. After being in this game for 17 years I’m just going to say that you’re right; just like lifestyle redesign it boils down to consistent effort.

    Not pills and powders or hands-free, overnight formulas for success.

    There are no shortcuts but there will ALWAYS be someone there to try to sell you one. You have to wake up eventually and face the fact that hard work is required and pays off handsomely.

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  • Honestly, the biggest hurdle for me when it comes to “living my ideal” life is figuring out what the hell that is in the first place! I love reading lifestyle design blogs where people talk about being location-independent workers, but I don’t read those and think “Wow, I wish that was me!”

    Someday, I’ll figure it out, though – and then I’ll be sure to practice patience and hard work 🙂

    • I had a hard time figuring that out myself. But I have to admit after reading the four hour workweek I did say…”wow” I want to live like that.

      But we’re all different