Lets play a game.
I’m calling it a “what if” game.
The goal of this game is simple: to imagine what your life would be like without having to bring in a paycheck every week and make a plan to get to that point.
What would you do if you didn’t have to work for someone else? What would you do with all that time? More importantly, how would it FEEL?
This is the first in a series of blog post that will take you step-by-step through the process of how to win this game and be completely free! No more office politics, no more meaningless reports, no more waking up at 6am and putting on uncomfortable clothing.
Unless you want to. Because isn’t that the point? Reaching FI (financial independence) is about the freedom to do exactly what you want to do.
So, all you have to do to play this “what if” game is follow the steps in theses posts.
This first post is going to be the fun one.
Step 1: Set a timer for ten minutes and commit to writing the entire time without stopping. Write about what you would do with your life if you didn’t have to bring in a paycheck.
Note: this is a very different question than “what would you do if you won the lottery?” If I won the lottery, I would probably buy a small island and raise dinosaurs as pets. What could possibly go wrong?
“What would you do if you didn’t have to bring in a paycheck” makes you focus on your everyday life and what is truly important to you. How would you feel? I gotta be honest with you. It’s not all puppies and rainbows. Having no requirements on your time can be overwhelming and lead to depression – especially if all you want to do each day is watch TV and eat Cheetos. So, this is your chance to think about all those things that you’ve always wanted to do but never have the time for.
Go ahead and do Step 1 now.
Seriously. Do it now.
I’ll bet you still haven’t done it.
OK – that’s it for this post. Hang on to your writing. The road to FI is not easy but it is worth it. I promise. Time with friends, family, children is priceless and worth every effort that I am going to put you through in the following blog posts.
The next post is a lot of numbers. Don’t be scared. You can do this!