Thanks for joining me on this series about chasing your dreams with a family, I hope it’s helped. Some of the things we’ve talked about I’ve had to remind myself (especially about taking down time) of.
Our family dreams
Income: I wanted to use this last post in this series to update you about our family’s main dreams. At this point we’re completely supported by our speaking, coaching, and online books and products (crazy I know).
I always want my life to be an open book, so I can tell you that business is good and we’re on pace to hit six figures this year or get close. The thing about having this kind of income is that the money is sporadic.
One week we feel rich, the next week we might not make a dime. The key to doing this and making it work is having that emergency fund that we talked about in the first post. For us we want to feel very secure, so we try to keep a larger emergency fund.
As we learn and focus, we get better and make smarter plans. Next year we plan on really building upon what we started this year. This is our first full year supported by our dream and it has been an amazing learning experience.
Moving: The other main goal is moving to Hawaii. We have been seriously talking and planning, it’s starting to get real. We have figured out that we want to move to the Big Island of Hawaii instead of Maui.
The Big Island has the biggest land mass and fewer people than Maui or Oahu. It’s more of the natural Hawaiian lifestyle we’re looking for. The prices are far less than the other Islands as well.
We’ve decided we’re selling everything, even our car which we originally thought we would ship. We’re going there with only the clothes on our back!
We plan on moving in April of 2014 when our kids are out of school. That’s almost a year after we wanted to move but we wanted to make sure we’re set. The whole family is excited and scared but this is our dream and life is too short to not chase it!
One of the main things that we’ve done which has helped us focus is the simple math. We sat down as a family and figured out what we would need to pay our bills, enjoy life and put some money away in savings.
Since we have very low debt, the number we need to accomplish everything we want is $2,800 a month. So now we know exactly how much income we need to bring in and we work on specific goals for how to reach that number.
It helps us be specifically focused and drown out anything that will keep us from our goals. If we come to the end of the month and are low on our goal, we know it’s time for hustle mode!
Weight: The third main goal is weight, specifically mine and my wife’s. Three years ago I lost 132 pounds, in the last year and a half I gained it all back plus 37 pounds. Forty days ago my weight was at its highest, I weighed 369 pounds.
Forty days ago I finally had enough and stopped making excuses and started back up hardcore. I started a diet, I started hitting the gym again. In the last 40 days I’ve lost 40 pounds. It’s definitely a start
My wife has been going strong and has been my rock. We’ve got a long road to go but we’re committed and we have a family goal. Please keep me accountable. Thanks for letting me update you, how is your family doing?
It’s race, not a marathon
One of the keys in chasing your dreams with your family is patience. Realize that you could be making a radical change in your life, this isn’t going to happen overnight.
Start small and take small actions steps everyday or every week, the goal is to keep pushing forward. Develop that step by step strategy with real goals, not expectations. All this stuff takes time and even when you get here, you still have a bunch of stuff you learn.
Brendon Burchard said: “An expert is a student first,” meaning always keep learning. The thing that separates those that are successful from everyone else is how well they implement what they learn. More specifically, how well you implement what you learn.
Sometimes we can get caught in information overload. We take this course, we read this book, we listen to this podcast and we don’t know where to start but worse, we keep learning more and more without taking action on what we’ve learnt.
I heard Derek Halpern in an interview say that when ever he learns something new he implements it right away, I would argue that’s what has made him successful. Try it, when you learn something new, take action and implement asap.
What’s your family’s dream? Where are you at in the journey?
We live in an incredible time, so much opportunity all around us. We can do things that weren’t possible in years past, so why aren’t more people taking advantage?
Too often we listen to our doubts and fears, we listen to negative voices all around us telling us it’s not possible. It’s time for us to wake up and see what’s really possible and especially with our family.
Take advantage, ignore those voices and finally claim the life your family truly deserves.
Peace, I’m out!