People are asking me “What is lifestyle design?”

Because of an email I received recently I decided to really dig deeper into what did Lifestyle Design really meant. I found that a lot of people have put their two cents into it. There are hundreds of new blogs every day writing about lifestyle design grrrrr, yea this word again. Myself included have gotten confused about what it means.

So what’s LIFESTYLE DESIGN?

If we ask Google, this is the answer we get: Lifestyle Design is the design of one’s ideal lifestyle, especially an unconventional one, providing good opportunities for personal growth, leisure and adventure. Detailed methods include: career planning, entrepreneurship and travel.

Corbett Barr says in one of his posts titled “What is lifestyle design?”: It’s about design­ing your life instead of let­ting soci­ety design it for you.

Justin Wright says: In a nutshell, lifestyle design is all about creating your own design and plan for life.

Taner Maluchnik explains it this way: Goals are what you want to achieve, whereas lifestyle designs are the experiences that you want to have in life.

Adrian Koh wrote on a guest post for Litemind: Whether you call it lifestyle design, life design, work-life balance, or enlightened self-management, the central idea is this: life should be lived consciously and deliberately, and not left to chance.

But if we go by what Tim Ferriss wrote on his four hour work week book: The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design (LD).

Out of all the interpretations that I found, Corbett really broke it down the easiest way. We live in a society that believes we should go to college, get a good job after graduation, get married…etc…etc then retire when you’re 65. That’s the way life has been designed for us, and that’s the ways IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. Nooooo, not anymore!!!

I understand it has to be tough for you to know what exactly lifestyle design is when there are so many people blogging about it and so many blogs coming out every day talking about how to live “the lifestyle design“. If you ask me, there really is not a one-size fits all to the word.

I got introduced to the four hour work week when I read the book. The best way to get familiar with this whole new movement is to connect with people doing the things that Tim suggests in the book, and reading his blog as well. Go through the archives and learn about all the assumptions we’re so accustomed to believing, automation, online businesses, outsourcing and all the other 4HWW vocab that might be new to you.

If you think that Lifestyle Design is a scam or some kind of fad, I want to know why. What are your thoughts on LD? Do you think it’s here to stay? What do you know about it that we can learn?

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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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What are you going to do today?

It’s the beginning of another new year, and it’s all stretched out in front of us. The question in my mind is what are you going to do today? Not tomorrow or next week or next month. It’s one of the things that really makes us lose focus on TODAY. If you’re thinking about what you did and didn’t do last year – forget about it, there’s nothing you can do today but learn from the mistakes and successes. Worrying about tomorrow isn’t going to help you accomplish anything, and thinking about it is going to be a waste of time.

If you want 2011 to be the best year you’ve ever had you’re going to have to remember the question above: what are you going to DO today? You noticed I capitalized DO; that’s right! Notice it doesn’t say think, feel, eat, or any other word. On one of my favorite blogs I read, I took some serious advice on his manifesto 18 months 2 blogs six figures that says

“Ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.”

Any time not spent doing what your main focus is is going to be time wasted. The longer we loaf around, the longer it will take for us to have those results we want so bad. It’s not easy, I know, because as I write this post, I get that random text, I get the urge to go do something else, that lizard brain tells me “you can do it later, you don’t have to do it now,” someone calls to ask a favor, and countless other distractions. I understand how tough it can be and I’ve researched some solutions that might help you and me.

If you know what really matters, here’s a simple three step process to focusing on what matters and getting it done today:

  1. Make it extremely important – By this I mean put it on the top of your list of things to do; this task is something that you can’t go to bed before you finish. Sid Sivara says to “Clear important, but unnecessary items off your schedule for a day – and let them go. Every day that you spend on tasks that don’t matter is a day you can never recover – and that, to me, is an emergency.”
  2. One thing at a time – Some people seem to think that multi-tasking is a good thing, when in reality it isn’t. If you don’t eat and talk at the same time or read and drive also, why do something so dangerous as multi-task? My advice is to put all the effort and attention on one place at a time.
  3. Do it early – This one is the most crucial advice and I agree 100%. Make it a priority first thing in the morning to focus on the important tasks, and do the less important stuff later.

With all the distractions in the world, and on the web especially, it’s hard to keep focus on today. But if you’re determined and you have a deep desire and purpose to get somewhere with whatever it is you’re trying to do, you’ll figure out how to keep a sharp focus.

Once again I ask you what are you going to DO today?

Hello 2011 Goodbye 2010

Hello 2011 Goooooooodbye 2010!!!, I couldn’t be more excited today-the first day of the year.

I stopped, thought for a minute,and thought about what Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. As I was looking back at the past I was thinking about the mistakes, then I realized, they were all worth it. Why?

Well if I had not failed I would have not found out what didn’t work for me. Yea I could have just learned from others mistakes and done what other people were doing right, but we know that usually doesn’t happen.

I haven’t really failed, I’ve just discovered 5 things not to do in 2011. And that, to me, is extremely valuable because now I understand what not to do. I hope that sharing my mistakes helps you avoid some of these mistakes or lessons, however you want to see them.

My Hello Goodbye Plan for 2011

Working out while blogging – Why is working out important to blogging? Well working out should be important no matter if you’re blogging or not. I’ll tell you my story about indoor soccer. About two weeks ago my friend Dan told me about playing indoor soccer again. I was pumped so I agreed. So two Wednesdays ago the first game of the session started. Long story short, I didn’t make it two minutes into the game without asking for a sub. I played the whole game, but I lasted no more then two minutes every time I was on the field. It was obvious I was out of shape and I needed to do something about it.
There’s nothing healthy about sitting down for 4-6 hours a day looking at a screen. My solution is to make a workout plan around my blogging time. Like for every hour I blog, I’ll take a 15 minutes workout break or something. As soon as I come out with the plan this year I’ll post it.

Eating healthy to stay energetic
– Looking back at 2010 today at how I’ve been eating makes me sick. Every week I keep saying, “Next week I’ll do it.” “Tomorrow I’ll get some veggies and fruits.” “Oh what’s one bad meal going to hurt…” and so on and on.

It’s time to stop that! I’ve started with an early healthy breakfast; in my case I’m making a green shake to give me some energy and hopefully get the momentum going for 2011. I’m taking baby steps, I know, but it’s a start. I’ve cut down eating out and eating fast foods. But I am going to allow myself to have a day to cheat and eat my favorite non-healthy foods. I’ve also signed up for sparkpeople.com so I can keep track of my exercise and eating habits. I actually want to say thanks Steve Kamp from nerdfitness.com for inspiring me to do this in 2011;his blog is great for anyone looking to get in shape and taking an adventure like no other.

Focus on one website at a time – In 2010 I was working in too many different things; and because of this, I couldn’t reach the goals I had in mind with any of the projects I was working on. Even though I knew it was a bad idea to take on more than I could chew, I did it anyway. Starting January 2011 I’m committed to only working on one project at a time, and no more. By working on just one project I can stay focused on one subject and I can also devote all my time to one place instead of splitting my time into 3-4 projects. In 2010 I would wake up some days without any idea on what to do first and I would continue on the whole day without starting on any of my tasks.

Put the hours into my blog– I know that one month =730 hours, it’s obvious that I can’t put every hour into work because I need to sleep, exercise, take breaks, meditate, read, etc… But if I can invest a good percentage into it, I’ll be happy. I know that making a business work isn’t easy, it takes work, and it takes a plan to follow that’s key of course. I’d be lying to myself if I said I worked hard in 2010. By investing 4 hours a day into my business it gives me time to do everything else and it forces me to get what needs to be done in a certain time. Even though some people not think that putting four hours in every day might not be a lot, it’s a something I feel comfortable and hopefully it’s actually a productive and not just busy hours.

Just do it! – I know this might sound cliche to many of you folks, but I’ve got to admit the biggest reason I didn’t finish the year how I wanted to was because I spent to many days thinking of what ifs?
I’m sure a lot of you do it too, and if you don’t good for you. What I mean by this was that I didn’t take action when I needed to, I had the analysis paralysis syndrome and I just couldn’t quiet commit to what I wanted to do.
My plan for this little problem is to take whatever task I have and break it into tiny pieces that I can achieve. As they say “you can’t eat an elephant in one bite”. Another tip I picked up this year somewhere around the web was to just focus on the things that I can control. An example is worrying about whether people will listen to what I write or like what I say. I’ll do my part which is say I want, and hope that you like it.
Finally I plan to begin something somewhere, a lot of times I have an idea but I can’t figure out how to put into words and I forget to write it down somewhere. By just starting, I can have a chance to brainstorm it, maybe eventually my conscious will give me more info on how to proceed with the idea or someone I talk to will help me bring that idea to life.

What are some of the things that you didn’t do in 2010 that you want to do or do different in 2011?

Making changes in your life or your business is not easy, but it starts somewhere. Make the decision to jot those habits you want to let go off in 2011 and make a path of how you’ll do that. Ask yourself why you want to do it, how will you feel when you accomplish those changes, and give yourself a reward if you make it happen.

Have a great 2011…

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Thank You Guys!

In 2010 quite a few people made an impact in my life and influenced my decisions in many ways. The cool thing is that these people were individuals just like you and me. They didn’t have any super powers, or were any kind of celebrity status (okay maybe for us blogger they did).

The whole reason I’m talking about them is NOT to inspire you or sell you their beliefs, although it might anyway. What I really want to do is thank them for doing what they do, which is- Help others live the life they want and encourage them to take action. At least that’s what they’ve helped me do.

So who are they?

Chris Guillebeau – If I had to describe him in three words this would be it: a nice guy. Chris is the author of The Art of Non-Conformity; it’s a book now but it started out as a blog. I recommend you read them both, especially if you want to know more about how to live your life the way you want, not how others expect you to. In the Internet world I’d say he’s one of the few honest people talking about ways to leverage the power of the Internet. I first read “279 Days To Overnight Success,” which is a great FREE ebook he wrote, and I was sold on his ideas. I think Chris is a great example of someone getting paid to do what they love like traveling and writing. If you’re looking for a remarkable person to teach you how to dominate the world talk to him. Don’t be shy to visit his home chrisguillebeau.com or hit him up on Twitter @chrisguillebeau.

Corbett Barr – Believe it or not, he started 18 months ago and now he’s making a full-time income online and traveling the world with his wife. Watching Corbett grow his blog has been really cool because seeing someone start from the beginning and get to the top makes you a believer. ThinkTraffic.net, which is one of the site he built and became profitable only a few months after starting it, has been a big hit and it’s an example of how you can make it online. On his About Me page he really hit a note with me:

“I write this blog to help you real­ize you’re not crazy for want­ing more from life and your career.”

It really is cool to know that there’s people that have the same ideas as you. I guess it really is a small world after all. If you’re one of those crazy, or not so crazy, people that wants to build a business doing what you love doing, I suggest you stop by corbettbarr.com it might just change your life or teach you something new.

Pat Flynn – As I said earlier all these guys are just people like you and me. Pat was an architect and he loved it. But the economy hurt him like a lot of us in the 9-to-5 world, which probably was a good thing any…more about Pat. When I first started reading his blog I didn’t quite understand all this Internet Marketing stuff, but I found out this FREE info he was putting out was extremely valuable, while others were charging for it. I took that as a sign of honesty and ever since he’s been one of few that I trust. He’s quiet the expert when it comes to passive income, don’t hope to find any get rich quick schemes when you visit his blog. Don’t take my word for it just go to smartpassiveincome.com as see for yourself.

Glen Allsopp – Although he’s a really under the radar guy, he’s earned a lot of respect online. I can tell you about him, but it’s easier for you to read his bio. Glen puts out the best articles about online marketing, plain and simple. His site is called viperchill.com check it out if you can.

I want to thank you guys for all the work you put into 2010 and everything you share on your blogs. I’m sure it’s helped a lot of people besides me. I figured I would thank you all before the year is over.

Who are some of those people that have inspired you or influenced you to take action and do things you love and make a living while doing it?

I know there’s more people out there doing awesome things, like Tim Ferriss, Darren Rowse, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more. But I want to meet others that are closer to us, the beginners the ones that are just getting started with our online businesses. If you have someone share it in the comments and thank them if you will.

In 2010 quite a few people made an impact in my life and influenced my decisions in many ways. The cool thing is that these people were individuals just like you and me. They didn’t have any super powers, or were any kind of celebrity status (okay maybe for us blogger they did).

The whole reason I’m talking about them is NOT to inspire you or sell you their beliefs, although it might anyway. What I really want to do is thank them for doing what they do, which is- Help others live the life they want and encourage them to take action. At least that’s what they’ve helped me do.

So who are they?

Chris Guillebeau – If I had to describe him in three words this would be it: a nice guy. Chris is the author of The Art of Non-Conformity; it’s a book now but it started out as a blog. I recommend you read them both, especially if you want to know more about how to live your life the way you want, not how others expect you to. In the Internet world I’d say he’s one of the few honest people talking about ways to leverage the power of the Internet. I first read “279 Days To Overnight Success,” which is a great FREE ebook he wrote, and I was sold on his ideas. I think Chris is a great example of someone getting paid to do what they love like traveling and writing. If you’re looking for a remarkable person to teach you how to dominate the world talk to him. Don’t be shy to visit his home chrisguillebeau.com or hit him up on Twitter @chrisguillebeau.

Corbett Barr – Believe it or not, he started 18 months ago and now he’s making a full-time income online and traveling the world with his wife. Watching Corbett grow his blog has been really cool because seeing someone start from the beginning and get to the top makes you a believer. ThinkTraffic.net, which is one of the site he built and became profitable only a few months after starting it, has been a big hit and it’s an example of how you can make it online. On his About Me page he really hit a note with me:

“I write this blog to help you real­ize you’re not crazy for want­ing more from life and your career.”

It really is cool to know that there’s people that have the same ideas as you. I guess it really is a small world after all. If you’re one of those crazy, or not so crazy, people that wants to build a business doing what you love doing, I suggest you stop by corbettbarr.com it might just change your life or teach you something new.

Pat Flynn – As I said earlier all these guys are just people like you and me. Pat was an architect and he loved it. But the economy hurt him like a lot of us in the 9-to-5 world, which probably was a good thing any…more about Pat. When I first started reading his blog I didn’t quite understand all this Internet Marketing stuff, but I found out this FREE info he was putting out was extremely valuable, while others were charging for it. I took that as a sign of honesty and ever since he’s been one of few that I trust. He’s quiet the expert when it comes to passive income, don’t hope to find any get rich quick schemes when you visit his blog. Don’t take my word for it just go to smartpassiveincome.com as see for yourself.

Glen Allsopp – Although he’s a really under the radar guy, he’s earned a lot of respect online. I can tell you about him, but it’s easier for you to read his bio. Glen puts out the best articles about online marketing, plain and simple. His site is called viperchill.com check it out if you can.

I want to thank you guys for all the work you put into 2010 and everything you share on your blogs. I’m sure it’s helped a lot of people besides me. I figured I would thank you all before the year is over.

Who are some of those people that have inspired you or influenced you to take action and do things you love and make a living while doing it?

I know there’s more people out there doing awesome things, like Tim Ferriss, Darren Rowse, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more. But I want to meet others that are closer to us, the beginners the ones that are just getting started with our online businesses. If you have someone share it in the comments and thank them if you will.