What kind of future do you want to have? Not sure? Close your eyes for a moment and envision what your ideal future looks like. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to do it…
Did you do it? Ok. Perfect.
So now that you know what your future looks like, it’s time to make that future happen. Yes, you can do that. To a certain extent, it is our choices that determine where we will end up. Yes, there are unexpected occurrences, burdens we can’t unload, and situations we can’t change. Unfortunately those are just a part of life, but it doesn’t do to dwell on them. Let’s focus on what we can change. Chances are, we can change quite a bit.
Since this is a travel blog, I’m going to focus on the reason we’re all here, and that’s travel. When I close my eyes and envision my ideal future, I see a time when I have more time and means with which to travel. I’m realistic about it, though. I don’t think I’ll suddenly be a multi-millionaire who can just globe trot in endless luxury. That sure would be nice, though…wouldn’t it?
In my ideal future, I’ve solved some of the problems I currently have that get in the way of traveling. I’ve transitioned to work that either involves travel, has significant time off for travel, or is done entirely online and therefore allows me to travel as much as I want. In our increasingly connected world, these options are becoming more and more viable.
As a graphic designer, I have the option of setting up an online freelancing business where I can work from anywhere with an internet connection. I can also look into opportunities to teach English abroad since I’m a native English speaker with a college degree. In the meantime, I can work towards my goals by saving money and decreasing my monthly expenses. I can pay off any debts I have and build up a large emergency fund. These things will allow me the freedom of choice. The more money I have saved and the less debt I have, the more choices I have in life. If I want to go the “more time off to travel” route, I can look into career changes that are a little more flexible in this area. Teaching? Maybe. What about selling Real Estate? I have a friend who sells real estate and seems to travel all the time. Once I come up with a plan of action, all I need to do is chip away at that plan and do what it takes. I need to take any classes required for a career change. I need to save money every pay period. I need to work on setting up those freelance clients NOW so that when I do finally hit the road, everything will be in place.
You create your future. Your life today is the result of a series of choices you made in the past, and the life of your future will be the result of the choices you make starting today. Whatever you see when you visualize your perfect future, don’t wait to get started on those goals. Do it today.
Daily Post: Future