Taking Back Your Life – Travel

Taking Back Your Life – Travel

Traveling isn’t for everyone. However, I do believe it can change your views of life and the world we live in. Most my days I spend hunched over a computer, working in Excel spreadsheets. My pay is good, but so what. Am I happy? Not really. The day job seems to get in the way of my passions. For me that is traveling the world and making quality films on YouTube.

Mitaka Japan - Near Studio Ghibli

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Taking Back Travel – The Ultimate Freedom

Something you experience while you are traveling that you don’t typically experience while doing your day to day routine is what I call, the ultimate freedom.  This is the time where you can escape your 9-5, see amazing places and not be bound to your home responsibilities.  You can just pack up the car, and start driving.  Or pick a random place on a map and go, even if it is overseas.  Everyone has their own version of this that suits their budget and available time.

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There is a lot of value in getting this time away from your chains of responsibility to open up and see who you really are.  This is your chance to reflect on your life and see where you want to go next.  It is the time where you make lasting memories and yearn for more exciting times to come.  There is so much to see on this planet, and it would be a shame if you never even left your home city or country during your life.  It took me 38 years to finally leave the U.S. and I regret that it took so long.  Now I can’t wait to do more international travel.

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I strongly encourage people to take a vacation that is overseas in a location that doesn’t speak their home language.  While English is spoken all around the world, it is not spoken well in places like Japan.  It really makes you think about how small you really are when you go somewhere completely different than you are used to.  Knowing that there are other ways people live and work that are different from your own, helps you become a more well rounded person.  And who knows, you may just discover something that would be useful in your home town that wasn’t available before and start a niche business like a themed cafe for example.

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With so much intolerance in the world and so much fear of immigrants and people different from you, this is an opportunity to flip the page and be on the other side of that. You become the foreigner.  I believe as long as you respect the home countries values and customs, you will be welcomed.  If you go in all “I’m an American and this is how we do things in my country!” you will definitely be frowned upon.  Take time to understand the culture and do your best to take part in it.  It is a blast!  People naturally fear the unknown and this is the best way to overcome that fear.  It is kind of like the first time you go snorkeling, you are scared at first and then you overcome your fear and it is one of the most amazing experiences of your life.

Once you experience the ultimate freedom, it becomes addictive.  You become a different person, and your view of the world changes.  While you are taught your home country is “The best country in the world”, it may not be even though we all take pride in where we are from originally.  There may be places you would rather be as happiness is not defined by our wealth, location, or our possessions, but instead how we choose to live each day and the connections we make with other people.  I don’t consider myself or my country better than anyone else’s, it is just different.  This isn’t a sporting competition, we are all human beings that share this world together.

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I plan to visit my third country in a couple months and have ambitions to do trips that are longer than any two-week vacation entails.  There are ways to do this cheaply and this site has incredible information on how to do just that. World traveling isn’t for everyone, and I realize that. But for those of you who are adventurous, it can’t get much better.

I would like to hear about your travel experiences or any questions you have on how to plan an international trip in the comment section.

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How to overcome limiting beliefs

Everyone has that one dream that they will achieve someday, or when they have time or after they get married, etc.   Does this sound like you?  This is something I think all of us face at some point in our lives, and if these limiting beliefs are stopping you from pursuing your dreams then how do you overcome them.   First, lets determine what common things may be getting in your way and need to be overcome.

You are:

  1. Making excuses
  2. Procrastinating
  3. Worrying about mistakes or failure
  4. Trying to be perfect
  5. Hesitating
  6. Thinking negatively
  7. Complaining
  8. Forming bad habits

For example, you have a goal of purchasing your first rental property in the next year.  It may be a very realistic goal, but you may think to yourself.  I don’t know what I am doing and may fail.  Or a year passes and nothing has happened and you say: maybe in another year I will get a property.© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

Your first step will be to identify what is getting in your way of achieving your goals.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How did I form this belief?
  2. Why can’t I overcome this barrier?
  3. Why do I continue to maintain this belief?
  4. How am I attaining happiness from this belief?

From there you should be able to identify the limiting belief and think differently about it. You may think that you aren’t very committed to the goal, don’t have the time, don’t have the energy, don’t have enough money or need more skills to accomplish it.  You need to instead determine if the goal is important to you and how you can make the time, get the training you need, and reallocate your priorities so that you do have the energy to accomplish it.

Going back to the rental property example, write down the steps you are going to take to accomplish that goal within a year.  Or even challenge yourself to get it done sooner!

Example steps:

  1. Listen to podcasts, read books, network with local investors to overcome the lack of knowledge limitation.
  2. If you don’t have time or energy to dedicate to the goal, find out what is eating up all of your time and decide what is time suckers are absolutely necessary and how you can make the time you need to accomplish your goal.
  3. Money is a tricky one, but if you focus hard on cutting spending or making some extra money on the side, you can have what you need to get started.   You can also look for others who you can borrow or invest with in order to get going sooner.  There usually are ways to either find money or do this with little or no money out of your pocket.  Be creative!

Think about the consequences of holding on to your limiting beliefs to help you transform your thoughts to work towards your desired outcome.  The simple step of changing, I can’t, with how can I, can really help you shift your focus.  You may regret it later down the road if you never overcome your limiting beliefs.  Step out of your box, discover your dreams and make them happen!

Take back your passion!  Please leave comments of your own experiences below.  

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Taking Back Passion

Everyone has that one dream that they will achieve someday, or when they have time or after they get married, etc.   Does this sound like you?  This is something I think all of us face at some point in our lives, and if these limiting beliefs are stopping you from pursuing your dreams then how do you overcome them.   First, lets determine what common things may be getting in your way and need to be overcome.

You are:

  1. Making excuses
  2. Procrastinating
  3. Worrying about mistakes or failure
  4. Trying to be perfect
  5. Hesitating
  6. Thinking negatively
  7. Complaining
  8. Forming bad habits

For example, you have a goal of purchasing your first rental property in the next year.  It may be a very realistic goal, but you may think to yourself.  I don’t know what I am doing and may fail.  Or a year passes and nothing has happened and you say: maybe…

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