If you told me in February 2020 that the entire world would be on hold, I would have laughed in your face.
But here we are!
I don’t know where you're at in your life, but I’m here to show you a simple way to reduce your stress levels.
That said, all I can do is speak for myself and, maybe, explaining what I did to fix my current thinking about the situation we could collectively fix this together.
Here's what I did.
Understand what you want to achieve.
My main goal is to work less by the time I’m in my 40s. I want to live my life, spend as much time as possible with my wife and kids. You know actually enjoy this existence while I’m still able to. I want to work because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.
That’s where I want to end up. OK so, where am I now?
I'm 33 years old, so what steps am I taking now to make it happen?
First of all, I'm building up my online following. By giving value freely on twitter and now Instagram too people recognize that and hit the follow button.
Second, I'm building an email list on the back of the following.
Third, I'm creating multiple courses and products, maybe you’ve used some of them yourself.
Fourth, I'm reaching out to people who can benefit from my services. These are potential clients, prospects who I think I can work well with.
Fifth, I repeat the above four steps. I repeat the above four steps. I do this over and over and over again, every single day. Being consistent is the real game-changer. As long as you show up every day and produce high-quality content people will come to you.
Bring clarity into your expenses
I created the World's Simplest Income Planner to understand how much money I’m spending on a personal and professional level.
Once I knew how much money I needed to live my current lifestyle, I decided to price my stuff according to my expenses.
This, my friend, reduced my stress levels massively.
I also determined that I was spending some of my income on unnecessary things. So I cut the cord on those subscription services I wasn’t using as often.
Now, I’m focusing on pitching my products more often. I’m also making sure I deliver value to my online audience.
Repeating What Works
Through repetition, I noticed the more I perform actions that get results, the better my life gets.
Why is that?
Well because I can see it in the numbers. My income is steadily increasing. My audience is growing. And overall I feel good about how things are going for me.
The beauty of working online is that you can see the results happening in real-time. It is an instant feedback loop. If something doesn’t work you can see it, if something does, you can see that too.
What I’m trying to say is that I'm not focusing on the future. In many ways, the future isn’t set and it’s always changing and you don’t know what’s going to happen.
So focus on the here and now. That’s all you’ll ever have.
Focus on things you can do today. Today is the day you lay the foundations for your own future.
You cannot predict the future. But there’s something you can do.
Take a look at your recent past.
The recent past tells you if your actions are helping you reach your goal.
- Are you getting results (no matter how little)?
- Are you forging new high-quality relationships?
- Are you liking what you’re doing?
Don’t focus on the future. Instead, use the recent past to make informed decisions you make now.
Are the actions you’re taking getting you the results you want? Double down on them.
Otherwise, stop doing them.
Depending on your goals, you need to decide what actions you need to take on a daily basis.
Make sure these are small actions that are easy to complete.
Make these goals small and easy to carry out on a daily basis.
Don’t have too many either as you’ll get overwhelmed, unmotivated, and depressed.
That leads to inaction. Inaction is stagnation. Stagnation is death.
You need to be moving forward.
Three clear easy to carry out daily actions are way better than ten goals that take up time.
Don’t be afraid to fail either.
Failure is not the be-all and end-all.
It’s only failure if you stop.