Are you living the way you’ve always wanted to live?

If you are, good job! If you aren’t, allow me to remind you, we have one life and it’s very short. So how can you get the most out of life?

Design it!

My version of lifestyle design is about living a self-directed life. It’s about making my own daily schedule. Work on my terms. Spending time with the people I love. It’s about freedom. It’s about doing more passionate work while having the opportunity to travel the world.

For you it might be different. And thats the whole point.

Listen to Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi said it best with his song «It’s my life»
And he is right.

But we get caught up in what other people think we should do.

The first step is to realize that you make the choices. You make the decisions, you call the shots. Your life is your own. You have the right to spend it doing the things you love to do, and experiencing things that bring you massive joy.

Make the decision that you want to live a vibrant life and accept the fact that it may look a little different from the mainstream. The worst way to drown is in the mainstream. So make the decision to start swimming.

Find your blueprint.

Once you realize you’ve got choices, the next step is to figure out what you want those choices to look like. Create a blueprint that nails down just what you want your life to look like.

For me, I love to build companies, its my passion. Online companies are my favorite but I’ve started brick- and mortar companies as well, including SKY Fitness, one of the fastest growing gym chains in Scandinavia.

My second passion is traveling. Living in other countries, meeting new people and experience different cultures.

Again, for you it might be different. Maybe you want the freedom to spend more time with your three kids. Maybe you’re aspiring to write a book. Maybe you want to build a business empire. Maybe all you want is more free time so you can finally go to Africa and climb Kilimanjaro.

Of course, if you don’t want more time and more money or don’t care about choosing how you get to work, that’s a fair choice too! Just make sure your choice is a conscious one.

Start Designing Your Ideal Lifestyle

The last step is the doing part. You actually have to commit and start working on the changes needed to get you from a to b.

It often comes down to the money question. How you can free up more time and still create a cashflow. Because I can be all fancy writing this article, but in the end we need dem dollars.

So, how can we combine something we are passionate about with making money?

You might not have an answer or maybe just a rough idea. There are plenty of options, but you must be willing to spend some focused time on finding the right business model.

Luckily, with the growth of the web, your choices for making a living have compounded exponentially. Today, anyone with a wi-fi connection and a computer can build their own business. Not only that, but you can make an online business out of your passion.

But remember, as Tim Ferris said

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you

So get to it.