I Want to Be Doing ______

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This post comes from my passion for doing what I love. After watching the inaugural episode of “The Do S*** You Love Show” over at Adam Baker’s ManvsDebt, I had this surge of energy to get others to start thinking like Karol Gajda, Adam Baker, and myself. So, you are probably asking, “How do we think differently than others?” Let me explain…

I have devised this complex equation for life. It is as follows…

(What you are doing in your life right now)
SUBTRACT
(All the things you dislike doing)
=
Your Exceptionally Impressive and Lovable Life
Simple as that.

I don’t think there is much else to life. Too often we look at social conformity as the correct answer. How I and many others, including Karol and Adam, see it is that we must do the exact opposite of the social norm because it seems like the majority of society is dreadfully unhappy.

My advice as to accomplishing such a desirable goal as living the best life you can live can be broken down into basic steps.

  1. Get together with the immediate people whose life will be affected by your actions (i.e. husband/wife/children/boyfriend/girlfriend). Discuss your goals, fears, desires, passions, challenges.
  2. Come up with a 1 week plan, a 1 month plan, a 1 year plan and a 10 year plan for what you want to be/have by these time frames and how you are going to achieve these goals.
  3. Stop sabotaging your own life. Does that big screen television satisfy your dreams and goals? If so, then get it. If not, re-focus.
  4. Start building through small changes. Minimalism is a great way to free yourself from the constraints of clutter, financial burden, and consumerism. Maybe try small minimalist steps first.
  5. Ask yourself everyday, “What am I doing today to be happier tomorrow?”

These are just a few of the ways I live my life and stay focused on the goals I have set. The approach may be different for all of us, but asking yourself, “What do I want to be doing?” and acting towards that desire, will lead to the life you have always wanted.

David Damron
The Minimalist Path

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7 Responses to I Want to Be Doing ______

  1. Jesse says:

    I really like the idea of breaking things down into 1 month, 6 month, 1 year, etc…pieces. It makes things a lot less daunting. With an impending re-relocation, trust me, it gets daunting!

    I may borrow your idea (credited of course) and outline these steps as they apply to my current situation…hhmmmmm (can you hear the gears grinding from there?)

  2. Charley says:

    Hi Dave,

    Great article, as a reader, you can feel the passion you had writing it. This is the kind of stuff that I am looking for to inspire me on my own life’s journey.

    I’ve been listening to the MVD broadcast that you linked to while giving my infant son his 2am feeding. With baby triplets, I won’t be traveling the world in a backpack any time soon, but I have been heavily evaluating my life since they were born and I’ve realized that the successful six figure career that I’ve been living is not “me.”

    As I work to change that, I appreciate very much, you taking the time to share these things both here and at Life Excursion.

    THX,

    Charley
    Charley´s last blog ..Sunday Link Love – Annual Review Edition My ComLuv Profile

  3. Hey Dave,

    Good to see you back into it, like Charley said you can feel the passion in the writing.

    I love this time of year, not just because of xmas and family stuff, but its chance to look back on your achievements (or failures) re evaluate and plan great things for the next year.

    Have a good Chrissy

    Cheers mate
    Greg

  4. admin says:

    @Jesse – I think breaking everything down is great for realizing anything can be accomplished. If you think of all the bricks that need to be laid to build a wall, you will be discouraged. But if you just focus on this one layer or this one brick, the task will not be so daunting.

    @Charley – Wow!!! You have your hands full. I think, despite your obvious reasons for not traveling, you have the concept of living YOUR life right. It is a matter of doing what you love and traveling is not the answer for everyone.

    @Greg – Completely agree!!!

    David Damron
    TMP

  5. 365girl says:

    Hi Dave, I have been reading your blog for a few months now and thought that as we are coming up to the end of the year it would be a good time to thank you – so thanks! I am on my own journey toward minimalism and aspire to be as free as you are. However with two children in tow my aspirations are somewhat lower! I love the equation idea and am going to sit down and do this – however with two dependants there are some things that I would rather not do but have to. These things I am going to give serious thought to on how to make them less time/effort consuming, more bearable and ultimately (fingers crossed) actually enjoyable? Here’s to a enlightened New Year…

  6. Ben Brooks says:

    One of the biggest changes that I have made was re-evaluating any and all purchases, your point on whether the Big-screen TV helps with your goals is excellent. I have saved a lot of money over the past year asking myself that very questions before I make any purchasing decisions.
    Ben Brooks´s last blog ..Rediscovering Outlines as a Productivity Tool My ComLuv Profile

  7. Pat Kyle says:

    Dave,

    I have been reading your blog for about three months now and have really been enjoying it. Glad you are back from your hiatus. Your posts have really helped me to clarify and simplify my life.

    Like some of your other commenters, I have children(3)and a spouse. I would like to hear your thoughts on being a minimalist while my family may not be down with a crash course in minimalism, being minimalist in a non minimalist family or setting.

    Thanks for the great blog.

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