That’s a great question. And it’s one that several of you wanted me to answer.
Honestly, though, that wasn’t a big surprise.
It’s kind of like learning a new skill, isn’t it? Take a skill you’ve learned recently as an example. Maybe it’s snowboarding or surfing, writing or painting. If there’s nothing recent you can think of, then just imagine back to when you learned a new skill at some point in your life.
It could be anything.
Riding a bike…
Writing a book…
Or getting on a consistent exercise plan.
Before you started any and/or all of these things, you had no idea how it was going to happen. Heck, you probably didn’t even know where to start. And you sure as hell couldn’t imagine being on the other side of it.
Now, you’re in the same position.
You know you want to create remote streams of income and you want to travel… but there’s so many variables, so many unknowns.
How can you make money online?
How can you ensure that that income is consistent and predictable?
How do you make enough money to support yourself and your family?
All of those unanswered questions can work wonders to paralyze you into inaction. So here’s your first step.
Don’t let them.
By finding your “why?”
And I know that sounds cliché, but stick with me.
Most people will tell you they know what they want in life, but 99% of people have no idea what they want. They simply like the thought of certain things. Ask them…
Would you like to travel more?
Would you like to create a remote stream of income?
Would you like to spend more time with your family?
Would you like to make more money at your job?
And they’ll say, “Yes, Yes, YES!”
But ask them exactly what they want in detail and they will probably say something to the effect of, “I would like to make more money and maybe get more PTO to travel and maybe learn to surf and spend more time with family.”
Those are all good desires…
But they are wayyyyyy too vague.
Here’s how you’re going to avoid being like 99% of people: Set REAL goals.
First, determine what you really want. Talk with your family, meditate, and read a good fiction book — do whatever it takes to figure out what. You. Want.
And make sure you’re ambitious and selfish.
Your ideal life: go — write down some notes right now of what that looks like.
Answer these questions: In your ideal life…
How much money do you make per month?
Where do you live?
How many months out of the year do you travel?
How many hours are you working every day?
What news skills that you’ve never taken the time to learn are you now an expert at?
Take a few minutes to really dream, to figure out what your ideal life looks like.
Then, iron those out into more defined goals.
Answer these two critical questions:
By what date do you plan to be living that ideal life?
How are you going to get there?
Then, add on a list of things you’ll need to do to stay positive and keep your energy up.
Goals are hard to keep, after all. And if you’re not healthy, it’s going to be even harder.
Here’s what all of this might look like.
My ideal life: I travel the world for one year with my family and, at the end of that, decide whether we want to keep traveling or settle down somewhere that we’ve been. During that time, I only have to work 2 hours every day to make $6,000 per month. I learn to surf, eat amazing food, and don’t have to worry about bills.
Accomplished by: August 15th, 2019
The game plan: Over the next year, I will work to create three streams of revenue that pay me $2,000 per month with only 10 collective hours of work per week.
This means: 1) I’ll work 2 hours every evening toward creating a new stream of income. 2) I’ll exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes to make sure I have energy and a healthy mindset. 3) I’ll only eat carbs on the weekends to avoid feeling bloated during the week.
Of course, this is just an example. Your “worksheet” might look very different. You might not even be interested in traveling the world, but just having a little extra money to travel more than you do now. Or maybe you just want a remote full-time job rather than your own streams of income.
Whatever it is, write it down and talk with your family members about it.
Get their input, too. Chances are, you’ll be traveling with them as well. So make sure everyone is on the same page.
This is the first step.
I know it might not be what you wanted to hear.
I can almost hear you saying, “But I just want to get started on creating a new stream of income!”
I know. I get it.
And I’m going to help you do that — there are TONS of different ways to make money online today.
For now, though, take a week to iron out your goals and determine exactly what it is that you want. Then you’ll be far more committed to building remote streams of income that support you while you travel, even when it gets hard.
And it is going to get hard.
But you’re going to be prepared. 🙂