I have always been a fan of books that either directly inspired me to be more, or fictional books that had the same effect. I love to be inspired, it drives me and motivates me to do things I would usually not be keen to do(sales cold calling is an example:) or do things completely new (brewing beer and making furniture). It might sound a bit plastic and corny, but without motivation I am nothing. It sounds harsh and I can already hear people say that it would be virtually impossible to exist if you had to wait to be inspired before you act on anything. In the real world you would hardly get anything done, but I try not to live in the world that often:)
Back to my secret. Me and my business partner had a chat some time ago about the fact that we have lost a bit of motivation for our current business and we could not figure out why we somehow lost motivation to aggressively pursue this venture. It is a good business with great possibilities both from a financial and green perspective.
It is then that I realised that I reached every goal I have set out to achieve, literally. Everything that I put down a paper as a goal was achieved except one , but we will get back to this. The fact that I did not realise this, was I think now the reason for my lack of motivation.
I have always (sometimes more than others) written down what I want out of life. Initially when I was working as a programmer 11 years ago my dream was to go for an early morning run and not have to go to an office and work for a boss doing something that I did not really enjoy end to be honest something I was horrible at. Not long after, I quit my job and was working for myself. This is my first instance where I saw “My Secret” in action, but as with all things I did not realise it.
I purchased 2 properties in the same manner. And it is worth a mention that I did not really earn a solid income when doing this. Both properties were not in the market at the point when I first saw them. But the more I saw them the more it became a reality in my mind that I wanted those properties. Not long after my mental process started they went on the market and I bought them. For the sake of mere mortals like myself it is important that you understand that I do not at the moment own any property and that I am very far from being financially ‘rich’. As a matter of fact, it would be very difficult for me to even attempt to purchase a property with finance from a banking institution (maybe this is a good thing).
Shortly after getting married to the only person that could possibly endure my type of living in 2007 I was again stuck in a job that I did not like. The one constant thing was that I still wrote down my so-called “dreams” every morning while having coffee. I still have some of these little “dream books”. In 2007 I wanted to move to the coast. I wanted to be involved in a youth organisation. I wanted to surf. I wanted to have time to do different things and experience a slower life. In 2008 the first step in this dream was realised, I got retrenched:)
Present Day: I live in a small town at the coast. I am involved in a Gap Year program in Hermanus (www.sparkshermanus.co.za). I have started surfing. I am brewing my own beer (why not I say), I have also started making furniture which I enjoy tremendously! I have started SCUBA diving and I have time to experience new things….and this includes spending time with awe-some people including my soul mate.
The point of this whole story is that I absolutely believe that you can have in this life what ever you want. But there is a catch. What I have not mentioned this far is that I have always had money on my list, and as of yet I have never really had a fortune or anything close to it.
A “secret” sweet spot is what I call it. There are a multitude of things that we think of when we imagine a better life, or a life that we want. Some of these things resonate more than others. Money, I think will never be the goal, but money might very well be a result of a better life imagined. I do want certain things that will obviously cost money, one of these are a house that I own and can call home permanently (will let you know how this goes). I have no way to buy this at the moment, but a house that me and my wife can call home is something that resonates deeply in me and because of that I have all the confidence in the world that this is attainable. I can obviously dream up a $5m mansion, but it is not something that stirs me or gets me going or for that matter excites me.
After realising that I can attain the life I want, I started thinking deeply about what I want after watching “What would you do if money was no object”. I realised an old dream I had many years ago and this has not changed at all. It was a mission statement of sorts that suddenly has new meaning again. I want to inspire and motivate people to live an extraordinary life by living an extraordinary life myself. What this practically means I do not know, but I will keep you updated.
The life saving season has officially started today, so for now I have to hit the beach and look like The Hoff!