Goals to LIVE instead of 'making a living'

Last Update: November 08, 2020

I'm currently at the point in my WA journey where I'm in the process of setting up my first ever website. This is extremely exciting for me, as it has instantly helped me to maintain a certain amount of excitment just in general life. I'm still getting up each morning, usually by 5.30am (our 8 month old daughter VERY rarely sleeps past 5am), and after getting children dressed, fed and dropped off to childcare, dropping off wifey, then getting myself to work, my FIRST order of business everyday at work at the moment, is checking my emails and logging back into WA.

The most frustrating part of my days lately is having to stop doing all this WA stuff I'm so incredibly passionate about, so that I can put in my 8.5 hours at work, watching the hours of my day rapidly slip away, as my time is spent on things that will have NO effect on my or my family's future. Once work is done for the day, it's back to childcare, to pick up kiddies, then from about 4pm-8pm it's all about getting the little ones fed, bathed, into PJ's, & into bed, before I can then FINALLY sit back down and get back into my WA online journey.

The end goal, of one day NOT having to get up and rush off to work-and spend most of my waking hours working on stuff that holds no relevance to our financial future, and of knowing that no matter what we're doing, we're making passive income at all times, & earning BETTER money than that on a wage, all whilst truly HELPING others, in a meaningful way, is so ridiculously enticing, and exciting, that it may just be enough to keep me pushing forward, onward and upward, towards that ULTIMATE goal of financial independence, and the true freedom to LIVE, instead of using up all my years 'making a living.'

The time will pass anyway, so why not try to use at least some of that time, when possible, to set up foundations that will allow us to retire from the 9-5 grind LONG before we hit 65years of age?! To focus instead on just simply LIVING. For me, that kind of freedom is about the most powerful and meaningful change I can imagine, so until I get there, I will remain completely DRIVEN to do the things NOW that can be done to create an amazing future for my family.

It's the whole delayed vs. instant gratification debate-things that often come easily or quickly, aren't worth much in the long run. But as they say 'Good things take time' and creating an unshakeable foundation for my family to live and build from, is certainly worth waiting and working for.

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Andrew888 Premium
Sometimes the frustration of not having what we want can be overwhelming.... but hay, 40 is still young, compared to some of us.
I believe you have already succeeded in this because of your mindset. And now it's just about holding onto your vision and ENJOYING the JOURNEY as you begin building the foundation for your financial independence.
If you had everything you wanted as soon as you wanted it, life would lose all meaning, so again enjoy the journey.

The quote you have added below, 'work harder now, to make life easier later' doesn't always work out well for everyone. Many people just seem to continue working harder and often still never realize their goals and dreams.

I believe that if we enjoy what we are doing, as much as possible, then our life is good now, and at the end of the road, we will have lived a good life because we enjoyed the steps along the way. It's all about mindset..... Have your goals firmly entrenched into your beliefs, and then set about living each day with the intention of enjoying doing the things you need to do to get there.

Lighten up, it's only life.... and it was never meant to be so serious :-)
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks Andrew. I agree, some people just work, work and work....and quite depressingly, often then finally finish....and then pass-without ever stepping out to challenge themselves to do something meaningful to them.

I agree that mindset is everything-and that what we look for and focus on, is what we also get back-so focusing on the positives is definitely always the best way to go.

In terms of your last line, I try to keep things as light as possible-I'm very big on comedy at any opportunity, always trying to remind myself and my family to SMILE-& to see the silver lining.

I think people often look at someone's age & don't consider the life they may have lived up to that point, the things they may have gone through/survived and just how long their actual grind has been going on-regardless of age.

I won't go into depth about my story, the things I've been through to get here, or the things we're still going through-especially when I'm sure there are tons of others out there with much harder & scarier backgrounds, but will just say, without knowing somebody's story, the last thing I'd personally wanna do is read one of their posts, then tell them to 'lighten up' (just sayin'). :-)
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Andrew888 Premium
Hey mate. I wasn't meaning to be insensitive, and you are so right. None of have walked in walked in another's shoes, and so we don't know anything about their life story.

However, recently I've been learning about overcoming our pasts, (because we all have one) and consciously creating the future life we want for ourselves.
The point I want to make here is that I've just watched an awesome video, on You Tube, by Dr Joe Dispenza about exactly that. Maybe yourself, or some others may also find it beneficial.

watch?v=DQccItxwWVs
Sorry, not allowed to post the full link here, but going to you tube and adding this after .com should do the trick.

Have a great day mate, from one kiwi to another!
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Mattylinc Premium
Nice, thanks mate, I'll definitely check it out.

Thanks for taking the feedback so well, that's very honourable. I also agree, although are past experiences etc can certainly help shape who we are-we are definitely NOT our pasts & the future can be absolutely anything we want it to be, so long as we're willing to do the work needed to get there.

That's also pretty awesome you're a kiwi too! I was born West Auck, but raised in Hawkes Bay, how bout you? I see you're also ranked in the 'top 100' so I'm definitely keen to check out your profile to read and learn about some of your journey on here. :-)

Take care. And go the AB's!
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Andrew888 Premium
haha.... I just seem to have fallen into the top 100 during the last couple of week..... not sure how that happened, because I feel i'm still a beginner on this journey!

Born and lived on Titirangi Rd for the first 18 years, then palmerston North, dunedin, and back to West Auckland.
Now been overseas for a couple of years, some say living the dream, but.....recent world events have put the brakes on lot's of things!!!!

One thing is for sure, everything changes, and change brings new opportunities.

I wish you all the best mate :-)
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AffFranE82 Premium
Hi, great article. I really enjoy reading your post. I think you have a great mindset and I believe that will ultimately lead to success. Best wishes with your online Business endeavors.

Francesca
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Mattylinc Premium
Hi Francesca, thanks very much, that means alot.

I very much wish you all the very best success for your future too!
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
You have things well under control I think. Enjoy creating your website.
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Mattylinc Premium
Thank you Geoffrey, the site building stuff feels anything but 'under control' right now, whilst I'm learning, but it is incredibly interesting finding out how it all works etc.

I can't tell you how much the encouragement from all you lovely people means to me though, it really means ALOT.
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amcg Premium
sounds like you have a very busy day! Take it one step at a time and you'll get there!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Very true words, Matty! Best success to you!

Jeff
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks heaps Jeff, really appreciate it. And of course the same to you too. I do enjoy reading your posts, so thanks for reading mine too :-)
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JeffreyBrown Premium
You're awesome, Matty! Thanks for the kind sentiments!

Jeff
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