Back in 2012, I traveled to Europe alone for the first time. I took a month-long trip to Greece, Italy and Spain. At that time, I was on a tight budget, but I decided to go anyway because I was determined to experience the freedom that I originally set out to have when I became self-employed.
I got a good deal on a plane ticket. I stayed in cheap hostels with 4-12 other people in a room. I only ate twice a day to save money (the free breakfast at the hostel and a nice dinner). I did all the free walking tours and used my “splurge fund” for a few excursions. I had an absolute blast! And my life was forever changed.
People always ask me how I stay motivated to grow my business year after year. Well, that 2012 trip was what really gave me the push I needed to take my business to the next level and make more money so that I could continue to travel the world. Suddenly, all the hard work and late nights took on a new meaning. Taking action now meant that not only would I get to fulfill my purpose of helping others but it would also allow me to live my dream lifestyle.
Now when I travel, instead of having to stay in hostels, I’m able to stay in luxury hotels, eat at the best restaurants, go on all the tours and excursions I want and even go shopping if I feel like it. But I wouldn’t be able to do ANY of this if I hadn’t first given myself a TASTE of what was possible, even before I “made it.”
What I learned is that it’s not enough to just have a vision for what you want. You have to also ACTIVATE that vision by putting yourself in the environment of what you want NOW.
If you want to buy a house but you don’t have house money yet, drive around the neighborhood you want to live in NOW so you can feel how good it feels to be there. If you want to travel the world but you don’t have world travel money yet, take a day trip to a nearby city NOW so you can feel how good it feels to experience a new place.
You don’t have to wait until you’re “rich.” You don’t have to wait until you’re “successful.”
Because once you stop waiting and start taking action, you send a powerful message to the universe that you’re ready to receive.
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