Day 13

Make a written plan to increase chances of success

It’s day 13 and I realise that I have no precise written plan regarding how I am going to have a home of my own by the end of the 500 days.

I have a mental one of course – work hard and save hard and be alert for opportunities.

But without a written plan the scheme is doomed to failure.

So tomorrow, after I go walking in the forest, I shall make one. And if the internet is available I shall share a rough draft with you in the hope that it might be helpful.

Internet has been very patchy here ~ I’m in Mapleton, Sunshine Coast, for a couple of nights ~ so no guarantees.

Meantime, travel and lack of sleep have caught up so I am reluctantly allowing myself to rest ❤︎

Day 8

Live Simply

This one came from the Insta feed of “Martyvids” … “It doesn’t have to be difficult for something to work. Instead, it can be simple and significant. The largest challenge can be coming to this understanding”. In other words, I took this to mean, stop over-thinking stuff (my genius talent in the world is over-thinking […]

Day 5

In a dark place looking out

“What’s the point in being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

This resonated today because of my accommodation situation. It’s really not a healthy one and is the result of having nowhere else to go last July when the owners of the shared house I was in made a sudden decision to sell.

I came West out of necessity, not because I was hankering for desert time (which sometimes I do … there’s nothing like it to initiate feelings of confrontation with self).

Four and a half months in and I can feel the pull of the local community. Friends, work, shared experiences.

But it’s not my home.

I could settle – and by that I mean “settle”, not settle if you get my drift – but this won’t do for someone like myself who lives “close to the edge” as a wise relative pointed out this week.

 

Day 3

Getting things done: making extra time

What if you could have an extra three hours in your day to achieve your goals and dreams! Well it’s happened to me – and the person doing the gifting is … me! Here’s how I do it … When I started this 500 day project I committed to getting up at four in the […]

Day 1

500 days

How did this 500 day personal challenge come about? Blame Gary Vaynerchuck for one, though he’s not the only catalyst that inspired me to launch this challenge … there have been many others who inspired me to act over the years. Ultimately though, in time, the biggest inspirer of action has to be oneself, and […]

Discipline

I never learned to seriously discipline myself until now; now when I am breaking boundaries in my own life — now, when I am 55. So how did I get where I am today without self-discipline? How did I get through my professional training, my post grad studies, my pilot licence, my career, my life?

Pressure. I function really well under pressure; under the prospect of a tight deadline I can work like a dog from dawn to dusk, and through the night if necessary.

But that’s what I’ve done all my life and it hasn’t got me where I want to be, so “If you want something different you have to do something different” (Anurag Prakash Ray) ~ it’s time to embrace my increasing ability to self-discipline and make it my default mode.

If I do that, I can choose my activities and direct my destiny, rather than allowing myself to be swept up in a wave of self-inflicted (and irresponsible) pressure ❤︎