Three simple steps that will change your life

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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau These steps are organized from least difficult to most difficult. Please complete them in order for full effect.

  1. Sign up for Notes From the Universe

This is an extremely small and easy step! Now hear me out, regarding this “Universe” business – please don’t be turned off. Even if you have a specific God you’d rather hear from or don’t really believe in this “Universe” stuff altogether, go about this lightly. It’s all figurative! If necessary, replace “The Universe” with whatever deity you may choose.

So, you sign up here and you have to enter some basic info but the best part is next –

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Now, you enter two goals. Think thoroughly through these, as it can be imperative to the success of the impact the notes have on your life. What do you want to have now? A new car? Maybe a paid off mortgage? Whatever it is, put it under goal #1. Then, for goal #2, enter what you envision yourself doing or being soon. Do you want to be a weightlifter? A ballet dancer? Lose 50 lbs.? Whatever your wildest and I mean WILDEST dreams are, put them here.

Now let the notes do their job! Read them thoroughly, think them through, and envision them becoming true. The mantra of The Universe is “thoughts become things”.

I signed up for these notes just about two years ago and these were my goals:

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I currently have my website up and running and out of the 28 stamps in my passport issued just two years ago, only one was for a personal trip. I’d say dreams do come true.

  1. Read Vagabonding, 4-hour workweek, and Tiny Beautiful Things.

Reading…too many of us don’t do it enough, but when you take the time whether it’s 15 minutes before bed or three hours on a hammock, it will be extremely rewarding.

Three books I HIGHLY recommend are as follows:

  • Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

“An un-common guide to the art of long term travel” – although travel might not even be your thing, don’t ignore this one. It’s not all about travel – it’s about adopting the ideals and lifestyle of a traveler, which are even more beautiful than travel. You don’t need to be on a beach in Thailand to reap the benefits of this book, you can practice the tips in your own backyard.

  • 4-hour workweek by Tim Ferriss

“Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” – sounds great right? This book is absolutely fabulous. It can really give you the confidence, tools and kickstart to be doing what you want with your life - but get ready to be uncomfortably challenged.

  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

"Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" - My older sister gifted this book to me and it happened to have come at a perfect time in my life. Read this when you’re up, read this when you’re down – either way it really grounds you. Your problems aren’t all that bad sugar.

  1. Go on a trip by yourself

This step is probably going to be difficult for most. Yes, it must be by yourself but don’t be too intimidated by the word “trip”. A trip can be a day at the beach nearby, or maybe an overnight stay in a nearby town you’ve wanted to visit? Maybe you have always wanted to go to Cambodia but none of your friends or family is willing to go with? Another great quote from the legendary traveler, Thoreau, said, “the man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready”. Well, you can’t wait for a travel partner forever, GO!

This step is to provide clarity – often times we are consistently surrounded by friends and family and significant others who are influencing us how to act and behave and we might not even realize it. By taking a trip alone, escaping for a few hours or a few days, you may be surprised about what you really want or even who you really are - without any influencers nearby.

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