Lifestyle choice is about adopting a mindset and strategy that leaves you feeling enriched and successful. Challenges and purposeful interactions remain vital for your well-being and growth so your dream to run off to a deserted island isn’t necessarily a healthy option.
Interesting choices that I have seen along my travels have shown me that there isn’t one ‘right way’ to live. My old days of working my butt off five days a week are hopefully over. Living for the weekend for time to renew and relax and doing it all over again is exhausting.
In Peru, I found people who had built inexpensive yoga and eco-retreats where people could stay and renew their soul. Their goal was to give some peace back to weary souls. I met travellers who had negotiated three monthly holidays a year so they could embed themselves in foreign cultures, learn the language and embrace long-held traditions.
Seasonal work allows for travel and long stretches of time to create and discover alternative passions. A passion for animals or volunteer work can be a focus that brings joy to yourself and others.
Maintaining financial freedom is key to the empowerment that choice gives an individual. Never ever holiday on borrowed funds, live within your means and adopt a mindful attitude of gratitude and richness.
One of the most important aspects of having a lifestyle change is to minimise your material desires. Being satisfied by enriching your life with experiences is a mindset that releases you from the bonds of consumerism.
Here are ten steps to changing your lifestyle.
- Create space so your thoughts are clear when you examine your dreams and set your goals. Write those goals down. Create affirmations around those goals.
- Write five realistic strategies that you will need to adopt to fulfil the goals. E.g. Work until…, Rearrange budget and change spending habits, move to inexpensive accommodation, sell material belongings, eliminate or drastically reduce debt (This last one is a must do)
- Seek advice from optimist people who are already living their dream. Maybe consider hiring a life coach so you are not alone.
- Read books and articles about successful people and find a common thread for you from the messages.
- Complete courses and gain skills in the area that you want to shift your life into. There are a lot of free options on line.
- Add detail to your plan after your research.
- Seek out free stuff that makes you happy. E.g. movies in the park, walking on the beach etc
- Work hard at sorting out the funds required for your new venture. E.g. saving money to buy tickets or property etc.
- Address the big changes that are necessary. Remove the barriers. Some of these might be very emotional like ending a toxic relationship or resigning from your day job. (It will help to have guidance through this).
- Step up and take charge and responsibility of your new lifestyle filled with hope, joy and wonder.
All this advice is given in light of the fact that I believe I am dealing with people with common sense who take responsibility for their own actions.