How I’m chasing my dreams with consistency and focus.
Chasing dreams, smashing goals, living your best life… what does all this even mean? Well, it’s about figuring out what would actually make you feel happy and then getting there.
In this post I want to share with you the dreams I’m chasing at the moment. Maybe they are the same for you, maybe similar-ish or maybe we’ll just find out how different we are! It’s all good 🙂
Let’s share our goals!
For me, it’s not about yachts, mansions and designer clothes. But it’s OK if that is what you’re chasing. And maybe in ten years I will be chasing those things, and that’s OK too. The point is that you want to figure out what will really make you happy and not what you think you should be doing or wanting. If you don’t even know where to start, check out my page on finding your happiness first.
My inspiration for this post is a quote I often come across on Pinterest:
Moving into the next phase of life.
I feel like my 30’s was all about getting our little family established – buying a house, having babies, raising babies, and finding our rhythm together.
Now that those babies are now seven and ten, I’m feeling a new surge of energy to change things up and see just where we can get with intentional living. With dreaming up the perfect life. And I don’t mean “picture perfect”. Just perfect for me.
And this quote just keeps popping up –
Six months of focus and hard work can put you five years ahead in life. Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire.
Six months huh?
I’m really curious to see how I can change my life in six months and I reckon I’m up for the challenge!
Joining the online world of business.
Joining the online world of business was the first step in chasing my dreams. I’m still pretty much a newbie in the online world. In this post you can read about how I launched my first business when I first started to veer off the main road of 9 to 5. The interesting bit is that since I started my online clothing shop with ‘Law of Attraction’-inspired hoodies and tees, and this blog, I feel like I can see a new path unfolding in front of me.
When I was starting out, I was looking for ways to make money online so that I could have a more flexible lifestyle. In particular, I wanted to be able to make it to the school swimming lessons, assemblies, and trips to the art gallery. And I didn’t want the school holidays to be a struggle with how much holiday leave I may or may not have accrued.
So that was my reason to start, but now…
But now that I’ve started, I’m getting to know all these people who are either working from home so that they can prioritise mummy life (shout out – you are my kind of people!), and people who are really digging into intentional living and the power of thought.
And you know what? It’s pretty cool.
I didn’t know there were so many people out there like me! And then… because I’m a pretty big thinker and I get carried away easily… I’m thinking about what the impact on society will be as more and more people are getting into this flexible lifestyle.
More mamas get to juggle work and home-life in a way that doesn’t mean hours out of the house (and all too commonly, more hours than you really wanted in the first place!). And more people get to cut back their work hours in general, and live more. And that’s a wave of change I wanna get on!
(Check out Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week if this idea interests you. Now this is what I’m talking about!)
Are we moving into a new way of life?
I’m probably showing my age a bit here, but when I was little we used to watch the Jetsons. It was a futuristic cartoon with robots and flying cars. Anyone else remember it? OK, I’m not so old that I saw it the first time around in the sixties 😉 .
But when it had a come back in the eighties it was around about when people were starting to get home computers (Atari anyone?), and the very first brick sized cell-phones were becoming a thing.
Anyways, when we were young we thought that with all this amazing technology, that in twenty or thirty years we’d have robots to do our work, and we’d all be hanging out sipping pina coladas and having fun! Welllll….
Sure, robots are doing the things we used to do (hello automation!). But we’re all still working pretty hard. And we are nowhere near the place we thought we were heading. Until now.
Are we finally figuring out what to do with all this technology and make it work for us? Maybe! And a flexible lifestyle, financial freedom and working for ourselves might just be the start.
What does financial freedom mean to you?
To me, this means having the money and time to do the things we want to do. As well as being more involved in my kids schooling, I also want to enjoy my time with them and show them a bit of this beautiful world of ours.
When our kids were babies, and then toddlers, I figured out pretty quickly that holidaying with them wasn’t that much fun. It was stressful getting the bags packed, stressful travelling anywhere for more than an hour or two, and stressful dealing with the break in routine! 🙁
But now my babies are not babies anymore. And our more recent trips have been way more fun. So I’m looking forward to taking some proper family holidays and show these little humans some more of the world.
Time to travel!
Living in New Zealand has it’s pros and cons for travelling. On the one hand, NZ is so beautiful and has such a variety of landscape that there is plenty to see here. And we certainly plan on doing that. But on the other hand, we’re pretty far away from everywhere else so it takes time and money to get anywhere.
Which is why blogging and online shops is the best way of getting both time and money.
Time to get planning!
Chasing my dreams…
So what could I do in six months to chase my dreams?
I reckon quite a lot to be honest.
I know that anything and everything in life that you want to do well takes consistency and perseverance.
And blogging doesn’t seem much different. From all the successful blogs I follow, the main theme is that they just kept going. Perseverance was the key to their success. So my six month plan is this:
- Post consistently. I plan to post once per week at the minimum, but only twice if I’ve got something really interesting too say! 😉 I know this doesn’t seem a huge amount – and I’ve seen people out there doing the 30 day challenge, one post a day for 30 days! Phew, that’s a lot! But I’m playing the long game and I want to settle in to a long-term rhythm.
- Improve one thing every day. Whether it’s my website, a sales funnel (I haven’t even got there yet, by the way), creating a freebie for my peeps (that’s you!), or expanding my network by reaching out to someone new.
- Learn something new every day. This is not a hard one since there is sooo much information out there. But it’s easy to slip back into the research phase, become overwhelmed and not take any action. Hopefully I’ve got that covered with 1 and 2.
So what do you think?
Is 180 days of consistent improvement likely to see me chase my dreams down?
I guess we’ll find out. I’ll keep you posted!
And in case you’re wondering, no, this isn’t the only thing on my dream list. But six months of focus and hard work does require a bit of tunnel vision so I don’t want to spread myself too thin. I’m not superwoman and I don’t want to be!
Let me know if you’re thinking of making a big change! What dreams are you chasing? All it takes is six months of focus and hard work to make major progress… I know it’s not super easy, but definitely worth the challenge, right?
I’m keen to try this 6 month challenge. There are two areas I would like to see huge growth in and that is my fitness levels as well as my essential oil business. Both are pretty good – but I would like to see them both leap to the next level.
The first half of this year has been pretty relaxed for me. I think the second half could definitely see me doing some serious hard work 🙂
Yes! Do it! It’s exciting to see big progress when we’re building a life we love. Make sure to be really clear on what you are trying to achieve, like what aspects of your business do you want to focus on? Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely) for what you want to achieve and from there you’ll be able to break down the specific actions you need to take over the next six months to get there.
I’m using a monthly planner to make sure that every day I’m noting down my one improvement and my one lesson, as well as keeping an eye on my post schedule so I know that I’m staying on track. Good luck and let me know how you go!