Today is the day we celebrate our country’s independence. There will be fireworks, big meals, and parties all over the USA, and rightly so. Without the planning and action of our founding fathers, we would not have the freedoms we celebrate today.
Which brings me to today’s subject: Personal Independence Day.
We talk a lot about lifestyle design on this blog, creating the life you want out of a series of small, deliberate steps to get to your big goal. How are you doing with that?
One thing that motivates us is having a date to look forward to. Ours is October 1, 2010, our date of departure on the big trip.
Until that date, we work very hard with countless small steps to make it happen:
- Getting rid of the junk in our lives
- Saving money in large and small ways to fund the trip
- Learning about the world so we can travel better in it
Proclaiming a personal Independence Day, even one that is a year or more away, can be a powerful motivator in reaching your goals.
Whether you want to get a better job, go back to school, write a book, start a family, build a home, launch a business, or travel around the world like us, having a launch date with a series of small steps leading up to it will make your goal come alive every single day.
You hear people all the time say “I always wanted to do X, Y or Z but never got around to it.” Or maybe “I wish I could have done X, but now that I have kids/spouse/job/responsibilities I won’t be able to.”
Those statements are heartbreaking. If you only have so many years on the earth, why wouldn’t you make the most of them and pursue your passions? Chances are, if you love it you will be good at it.
So my challenge to you on this Independence Day is to set your own Personal Independence Day. You can even tell us in the comments so we can cheer you on. Even if your date is 5 or 10 years down the road, you can start doing something this week to move yourself along the path.
You will likely discover that daily action toward your goal makes it happen a lot faster than you think. After all, I’m taking my dream trip in 15 months, and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it for another 27 years!
Happy Independence Day to all my readers in the US, and happy Personal Independence Day to you all in advance!
Betsy Talbot writes about carving the lifestyle you want out of the life you already have. When she’s not writing, she’s paring down, saving up, and getting ready for a year of travel with her husband.