Posted by kdadmin on July 25th, 2015.
Who doesn’t want be Semi-Retired?
Work as much as you want, when you want, have the time to travel, enjoy your hobbies, play with friends, connect with family, but still make a meaningful contribution to the career, or cause, that you love. It’s a sweet life. No question. In this series, we’ll cover the “how” of this process, one step at a time.
At the end of Step One, I gave you an assignment. If you can’t remember what it was, click here. Do it. Then come back. It’s pointless to continue until you’ve done the exercise.
Still here? Great, read on to Step Two.
Now that you’ve identified your one, two, or five somethings, it’s time to test them. GO DO EACH OF THEM, and pay attention to HOW you FEEL when you’re doing them. Specifically:
Let’s run through this using my kiteboarding example.
Now, if you think you have several somethings, pick the one that you’re most jonesing to do.
Step Two: Eliminate All Distraction.
If you thought Step One was hard, this is even worse. The hardest part about How to Semi-Retire is ACTUALLY SEMI-RETIRING. It’s so stupid. But there are always a thousand excuses about why you can’t do your something. I’ve come up with them all. The only way past this is to use some of that tunnel vision obsessiveness to just force it.
Most people think “focus” should be step two. This is false. You could be the most focused person on the planet, but if you don’t have the time to enjoy your something, because of a billion and one distractions, it doesn’t matter. You need the mental space, and the physical time, to do your something.
Pretend your something is the ONLY THING you have to do in your life. What, in your current life, gets in the way of your something? Make a list. Brainstorm, do a brain dump, whatever.
Once you have your list, organize it in order of the difficulty you’ll face in eliminating each distraction, from hardest to easiest. Then, start at the bottom, with the easiest. Eliminate one of those things now. Just do it. Don’t give me any bullshit. Then set yourself on a schedule to eliminate every single one of the other issues. Maybe it takes you years to eliminate all of them. It doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that NOW you have:
In other words, you now have a REASON to Semi-Retire.
In preparation for the next “How to Semi-Retire” segment, take some time, now, to imagine how you would change your life if the only thing you had to do was your something. At the level of greatness to which you aspire. Where would you go? With whom would you spend your time? Where would you live? What significant parts of your life would change to accommodate a life centered on your something? In other words, how would you incorporate your something in your plan to Live the Life You Love?
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