Two years ago I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia.
It was an incredible, eye-opening experience, and I fell in love with traveling.
I made a conscious decision at that time in my life to make travel a key part of my life moving forward…
People would always says, “Wow, study abroad. What a great, once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
Every time they said that, I viewed their statement as a challenge.
A challenge to not live an average life. A challenge to not let this type of travel or this type of experience, be in fact, once-in-a-lifetime.
I found so many positive benefits from traveling and I wanted it to become a key part of my life.
Why the hell would I settle for having this type of experience happen once?
I started doing research in an attempt to figure out how I could incorporate travel into my lifestyle.
This led me to the world of lifestyle entrepreneurship and digital nomads. These people lived all over the world, they worked from their laptops and they funded their lifestyle and travels through freelancing or digital/online businesses.
I knew that this was the lifestyle I wanted. I made this lifestyle my goal. This was my dream.
I didn’t have any friends who were living like this, so I immersed myself in this world online.
I sought out those who lived in this way and read countless articles, blogs, eBooks, books and more about how to make this dream a reality.
After two years of doing this, it got to the point where I asked myself, “What am I waiting for? Why not me?”
My goal was no longer some abstract, unattainable goal. My dream seemed so attainable because I had constantly read about and seen people who were living exactly the type of lifestyle I dreamed about.
Achieving my goal was just a matter of time because my SUCCESS was INEVITABLE.
You need to do this in your own life for whatever goals or dreams you’re working towards…
Let’s say you’re trying to lose weight. Are you going to surround yourself and hang out with your fat friends who have horrible eating habits? Or are you going to surround yourself with your meathead friends who post shirtless pics on instagram?
Your answer should be the second group of people. Because those are the types of people that inspire possibility and will help you get closer to achieving your goal.
Looking at a more historical example, there’s Roger Bannister who became a legend for breaking the 4 minute mile mark…
According to experts, breaking the 4 minute mile was a physical impossibility. They said it simply could not be done.
Then Roger Bannister did it.
Then, less than one year later, someone else did it.
Fast forward to today, we have HIGH SCHOOLERS breaking the 4 minute mile mark and this feat is NOWHERE near as impressive as it was in Bannister’s time.
This just shows you the power of witnessing others doing incredible things. This shows you just how many possibilities are really out there.
Everything was impossible until somebody did it. And chances are, whatever you’re working towards, there are already many people doing that exact thing.
When you surround yourself with people who inspire possibility, the ONLY limitation on what you can achieve is your SELF-LIMITING beliefs.
Today I come to you as proof of this. I’m currently coming to you from a gorgeous, remote island in the middle of the Caribbean.
The only worry that I have right now is making sure my MacBook doesn’t get any sand in it…
I’m literally living the dream that I set for myself two years ago. Just this morning I closed a deal that will be funding my entire trip and then some more on top of that. When I haven’t been working I’ve been scuba diving, snorkeling and eating fresh fish that we caught just over an hour ago in the crystal blue water.
Yeah, I’m THAT guy right now. I get it. But I hope you see beyond that and understand that the possibilities that lie in front of you are there.
I’m proof. I made my success inevitable, and it took me two years, but I achieved my goal, and you can too.
I’m telling you this to let you know that none of this would have happened if I didn’t 1) have a clear vision and 2) surround myself with the types of people and content that inspired possibility.
You can apply this to your own life by doing the exact same thing I did. It might take a few months or even years, but damn it it’s worth it.
Step 1: Figure out your long-term vision
Step 2: Seek out the individuals who are living your dream and the resources needed to help you get there.
I hope you take this to heart. I’m just an average dude with above average ambitions. If I can do it you can too.
We get one shot at this existence. Make it count.
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