The real question: Why not? Or better still – how can you not reinvent yourself?
You get only one chance at creating the life you want, and happiness. Do you have something better to do with your time?
Are you truly happy with your life right now?
Silly question for most of us. If we are lucky, we are able to achieve fleeting moments of happiness in a lifetime of following rules others hand down to us.
We are told to go to school, get a degree, find a good job, buy a house, be happy with 2 weeks off a year, sacrifice everything for the family, retire, and die.
Even as technology and science are changing the world faster than anyone can comprehend, people who seek to control us.
Is that bucket list getting stale from inattention? Do you wake up with a stranger each morning, or even a closet enemy? Does your work satisfy your need for creativity?
The time to reinvent yourself is now. Now is all you have. Daily reinvention.
The first thing is to free your mind and decide what it is that you want to do with your life. Not what your spouse wants. Not what your kids want. Not what your boss wants.
Dig into your wants and needs without filtering. If you want to start a business, or find a beautiful young wife, write it down. No regrets.
Few people take the time to ask themselves what they want in life.
Most gurus will tell you to set goals and checklists, but that’s the wrong focus. Goals are results. Earn $ 10,000 per month. Get down to 10% body fat. Marry a supermodel.
You cannot control results – life’s a bitch.
What you can control are your actions.
To earn $ 10,000 a month, you may have to add an online side hustle to you job income. Not many can earn the income you want in a standard just-over-broke job. Discover what business you prefer to support the life theme you desire.
You may not get down to 10% body fat, but you can change your diet to eliminate sugar and processed carbs which cause excess calories to be stored as fat. You can go to gym and lift weights. You can run or do daily cardio. You can eat real food that your body craves. But you can’t know how low your body fat will go.
Actions. Not results.
You can decide how often you work out or what you put in your mouth.
As to marrying a supermodel, the average guy has a better chance of being hit by lightning. But there are alternatives falsely called “mail order brides”.
Women from Russia to the Ukraine to China to Colombia think American men make superior husbands. Sign up for a few free international marriage sites, and you will quickly see thousands of available women around the world that will make you forget fantasy supermodels.
Caveat: It Takes Stones
After having lived my life heavily influenced by others’ desires, I had to finally grow a pair and map out the last years of my life. If I hadn’t, I would spend more precious time and life energy satisfying the needs and desires of others.
Daily reinvention has been around since the Stoics. For whatever reason, modern distractions make it more difficult than ever.
The hard part is checking your ego and labels at the door. We grasp onto labels that hinder reinvention. Husband. Father. Lawyer. Doctor. Rich. Successful.
All prior labels are pure vanity. No one cares. When you reinvent, you start from zero. Every day. The past is gone.
As you reinvent, you can go forward to your new life, or attempt the folly of dwelling in the past.
Reinventing yourself takes time and effort. Many people look to mentors – real or virtual. For my part, I prefer books written by “mentors” living or dead.
Thomas Jefferson. Marcus Aurelius. Harry Browne.
Health, Wealth, and Relationships
Reinventing yourself is a continuous process. Small steps daily. Personal kaizen.
Don’t worry at this point if you don’t have a great passion for anything. I have gone through periods of full-blown depression to finally get back to what I have always loved – perpetual travel. Don’t rush the passion. Just be ready to acknowledge it when it appears.
I concentrate on these three areas: health, wealth, and relationships.
Of the 3, only the first is 100% in your control, so it’s the best place to start. Working toward maximum fitness no matter what your age is so difficult to start, and impossible to end once you hit the tipping point and start seeing improvement.
If you are not fit and healthy, wealth becomes more difficult and finding a new relationship with a younger woman becomes almost impossible.
At age 62, nothing is more important to me than fitness and health. We all face different physical challenges. Mine include type II diabetes, BPH, and central serous detachment. Lack of exercise exacerbates each condition.
At this age I started slowly. I walk at least 3 miles a day – with or without the dog. Takes about one hour.
While you don’t have to multitask, walks are a good way to clear your head, take deep breaths, and practice a walking meditation. This is the prime hour of the day not to be missed.
You’ve heard that it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill completely. 10,000 hours is about 5 years of 40 hour weeks. I beg to differ. For wealth, you can start now with a side hustle or full-time in affiliate marketing.
By using a system like The 12 Week Year, or my modification 91-30, you can achieve those 5 years worth of changes in less than 2 years.
The difference is the power of focus on the actions that make you happy. Not what ads or other people tell you to want. No houses, cars, boats, or college educations. Most of us believe we were put on this earth for a higher purpose other than taking in air and letting out water.
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.
~ from “My Native Land”
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
If you push for 5 “12 Week Years”, you will be an expert in your field. Guaranteed.
I always think about blogs. A good start in affiliate marketing is posting unique content to your own blog, and monetizing your site with links to related products and services. When your visitor buys, you receive a commission.
The average blog receives less than 12 hours of attention a year from its owner. The vast majority of blogs are set up once and never modified again.
If you work your blog like a borrowed mule, you can soon be an international expert in your niche and earn a full-time living online.
My personal life theme is perpetual traveler. To go back to that nomadic life, I have to concentrate on health, wealth, and relationships.
Please come to iPerpetualTraveler – http://iPerpetualTraveler.com – and share your theme or travel experiences.