Good Tuesday morning to you. Hope this week you are starting to plan for an Ideal Life. As we go through this week, we are looking at the Ideal Life. What it means for each of us is a different thing. It may include the things we want to do, the places we want to go, the people we want to be. The greatest thing on this earth is the fact that you are the only one of your kind. You need to be the best person that you can be, because you will only ever be second best at trying to be someone else.
Looking at your life now. Are you happy with where you are? Are you planning the next steps to make your life ideal? Do you believe in the statement, “There is always room for improvement”? Are you always looking for more? Not more things but more, as in a better life; as in, “I need to be making improvements in myself, need to work to make myself better.”
When I talk about the idea of each of us having a different ideal, it is somewhat about an ideal lifestyle, but more an ideal self. In every aspect of life we need to always be improving ourselves. To do that we should always be looking for the ideal in each of the different areas of our lives to work on making that part better.
When I say this, I’m not referring to what I was taught to believe a few years ago, which is that the ideal life is to have the million dollar house, the hundred thousand dollar car, the pool, golf club membership and maybe even own your own private jet. Those are just things. If you are still searching for things to bring you joy in this life, then you will always be in a state of unfulfilled desire.
For years that was my life: chasing after a toy or new gadget that was on the market. It was a game, the status game. You know about the status game right? Buying things you cannot afford to impress people you don’t even like anyway.
Now, I travel around the country and talk with people about how to have the most joy in life by pursuing an ideal – not things; by creating happiness where you are, loving what you do. I found this is a process of growth in my own life. I don’t race for toys anymore. Yes I own what others might call a big toy, an awesome Harley Davidson motorcycle. But it is a true passion of mine to be able to hop on that bike and travel; it is a true passion of mine to sit up some nights till 2:00 am and write these blogs as well as the books I have available for you. I love to research those things I believe in so I can be even better at helping others to make personal improvements and actually learn to enjoy their lives.
To create my life and to work the way I do, I almost never take a vacation. When I do, I usually incorporate my work into the trip because I love what I do. So how can you get to this place in life? You do it by creating a personal mission statement, a personal purpose or goal mindset to get you there. When you get a direction in life, you will find that you may have to alter your course along the way. But just to start down the path, you don’t have to put it in concrete; a simple piece of paper will do. Build from your original Mission Statement. As soon as you write it down, you will find that for the most part you have an idea of the direction you want to go.
When I started working for myself the first time, I found the beginning of my true ideal life. Each time I started a business it was with the mindset that I wanted to be free to be my own boss. So I always worked in each business to create the ideal of controlling my world. That brought me peace, and building this business has helped me to actually get there. But now I have learned that you have to work to make things happen. Back then I was hoping that it would just magically happen for me.
So you see, over time I had to learn things. I had to make improvements to better my life, to better my work habits. Life is about improvements. You find a place to start (where you are) and set out to reach a destination (your ideal). It will be in that process that you will learn to love what you do and to live your ideal life. It’s a trial and error process. But you will find that as you grow older, you will see that even back when you started, you knew the direction you were headed.
So this week, as we work on our ideal life, take the time to actually write down a mission statement for yourself. Where are you going in the next five years? In the next ten years? Start with that and you will see an ideal life open up to you once you start moving towards it. Remember, it’s much harder to steer a parked car. And even if you steer a parked car and point it in the right direction, if you’re not moving forward with it, you’re going nowhere.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live the life you always wanted, to love what you do and those you share your life with. First become the RockStar where you are and grow from there.