Have you ever had what you thought was a perfect day? Most of us have. You think, “Yes. They are days when things just seem to go right.” But I’m not talking about days where everything falls into place, where all the traffic lights turn green for you, your clothes are perfectly ironed, your hair is exhibiting the perfect ration of bounce and shine, and your mother-in-law calls just to pay you a compliment.
What is a Perfect Day
I’m talking about a day where you shine; where you do the things that you love and are good at; where you spend time with the people who are most important to you, doing highly fulfilling activities that give you a deep sense of joy. At the end of a Perfect Day, you are able to rest easy knowing your time was well spent.
That is the kind of Perfect Day that I strive to achieve, not just for myself, but for my clients—and for you.
Here’s the secret to the Perfect Day—it has nothing to do with perfection. It’s all about living purposefully and meaningfully. It’s about freedom. Freedom to live life fully and to love what you are doing and who you are doing it with.
My ultimate goal is for entrepreneurs to reach a place where they have a vision of their Perfect Day. That might sound overwhelming or downright impossible, but I can assure you that creating a Perfect Day blueprint for your life is easier than you think.
Be Like a Maasai
You know who I’d want to be more like? The Maasai people of Africa.
After spending a fair amount of time in Africa, I have come to admire them. It’s been said that if you put a Maasai tribesman in jail and tell him he has a thirty-day sentence to serve, he will be dead practically overnight. They don’t understand the concept of 30 days from now; they only see where they are right now. They live life in the moment and choose not to see next month, but to focus on what is important today.
We have created a life sentence where work comes first and everything else is tied for last. We really don’t have a good yardstick for measuring our own happiness.
We say things like: “At least my life is better than my parents, or my neighbor, or so and so. So, I’m happy.” Since when did personal happiness have anything to do with someone else?
The Maasai don’t compare themselves to one another. They are not jealous of others because they are too busy looking at their own lives, in this present moment.
I just returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I’m always amazed how before we begin our expeditions, it’s the women from the US, who are glued to their cell phones, trying to catch a Wi-Fi signal or see what they are missing back home.
The Maasai who accompany us look peaceful and content and there are no cell phones in their hand. A coincidence? I don’t think so!
So, why do you work? Is it to have less time to do all the things we don’t call work?
You work to fund the things in life that brings you a sense of joy and fulfillment. We do have financial plans for the future, and this is important. But it is even more important to enjoy your life while you are here.
Never Measure Your Life in Terms of Net Worth
Life is really not about socking away a ton of money. It’s about striking a balance between meeting your own needs and giving back, leaving this planet a better place than when you entered it, and contributing to the spiritual growth of your children so that your kids become awesome participants in life as well. It’s not just about money.
I encourage you to measure your life not just in terms of your net worth but your net worthiness as well.
Are you growing through your experiences? Are you traveling and seeing new things? Are you learning? Are you increasing your capabilities? These are the qualities of the balanced entrepreneur.
Honestly, thinking through these question now and actually living them is a whole lot better than reaching 65, retiring with a boatload of money, and saying, “I’ve always wanted to fly-fish, but I don’t have anyone to fly-fish with. I don’t have any friends and my children are estranged. I’ve worked and worked and now it seems it’s all over.”
I hear this so often. I tell people: “If you want to fly-fish, fly-fish today! Fly-fish this weekend.”
Sadly, many don’t even know where to start. They think they don’t deserve it, or they falsely believe they don’t have the time. And others are afraid to spend the money. So, they keep doing what they have always done—going into the office and filling their days with one meeting after another while family and friends emotionally drift away.
Time to Make a New Beginning
Drifting takes place without much fanfare. Next time you are at the beach, take a raft out into shallow water and try to stay in one place. Just like the ocean, there are undertows to life. And just as the ocean’s current moves you from one place to another, drifting through life will move you away from where you need to be.
It’s time to turn your life around. Most people start a new year with a business and financial plan. I can help you do this! But what about adding something else? Let’s create a life-investment strategy that will work for the rest of your life—which, you might be surprised to discover, actually is your real life.
Finally, start this new year off right by unpacking some powerful financial tools by downloading a free copy of my book, The Liberated Investor. An abundant life is waiting for you. Let’s take that first step together.