Cutting the Lock – A Strategy for Following Your Dream

Oct 28

Cutting the Lock – A Strategy for Following Your Dream

The goal of this site is to show how we’re living a creative life and to help YOU live out your creative life. I want to offer a strategy to help you do just that.

Many of us feel locked into place. We have debt, we have a house, we have a family, we have a job that pays the bills, provides some insurance, sick leave and vacation time and life is okay. Or maybe you’re barely making ends meet and you don’t see how to break free of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle. One thing – a car breaking down, a medical emergency – and everything will blow up. Who has time to dream in that situation?

I know that feeling. I’ve been there.

First, you need three things. Time, focus, and a plan.

I gained so much time when we gave up cable TV. It was at the point where it was a luxury that we couldn’t afford anymore. But at about the same moment Internet speeds got faster, network television started to stream their shows on their websites and then Hulu appeared. Wonderful, wonderful Hulu! Then Netflix! It didn’t matter anymore that we didn’t have cable TV. We could watch what we wanted when we wanted and if we missed it, well, the show eventually shows up on DVD or Netflix, so there’s another chance to see something.

If you want to cut the lock and reach a dream, you need to give it time. You give time to things that are important to you, and your dreams should be important. Look at your schedule and find two hours in your day to work on your dream. Give up TV time. Get up earlier. Are your kids in too many activities? Cut back for less stress in your life and theirs. Can you work flexible hours? Find that two hours every day.

Now that you have the time, you need place to focus. Create a workspace in your home or apartment, a place just for your dream or goal. If possible, have this be a room where you can shut the door and let your family know you’re working. Turn off all notifications on your phone and computer and do what needs to be done.

This is one reason I love the Pomodoro timer on my phone. I have my plan for the day and I just work through it using the timer. At the end of the day I have a lot done and I had time to eat lunch, walk around the office and play with my dogs. L

You have the time and a place, but now what are you focusing on? This is where a plan comes in. What is it you want to do? Write a book? Build a website? Start a blog? Start selling on eBay or Amazon? Learn a language? What do you need to know or do in order to accomplish this goal?

Let’s say you want to start selling on eBay more often. Maybe you bought and sold stuff a long time ago. You have the PayPal account up and running but you don’t do anything consistently and you really don’t know how to turn it into a business. So what do you need to do?

Start making a list of the steps on selling on eBay. What’s changed? You need to take pictures. How will you do that? What will you sell? Start making a list of what you do know and what you don’t know. Then research how to find your answers. Search Google, search YouTube. Spend your time watching some videos or reading ebooks. Then start to implement your knowledge. Using your 2 hours each day, take pictures of items to sell on eBay. Write descriptions and then list. When you make a sale, use part of your 2 hours that night to package the item and get it ready to drop at the post office the next day.

Your focus time can be broken down from big projects into smaller tasks, such as taking photos for eBay. You’re taking the photo, cropping it, saving it to your computer. Break down each step into smaller tasks, as many as you need, in order to focus during your 2 hours. It’s all about the baby steps.

Eventually you can take your 2 hours a day and turn it into a full-time income.

What goal are you working towards? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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