I know that sounds super condescending. Maybe too simplistic. Things are never really that simple, are they? Because of me.
Let’s say it differently here.
If you want to be above average, you can’t Continue to act as if you are average, Living an above average life means making decisions that are compatible with being about average, not just average.
Like all of me early retirement Thing. That was a big goal.
For example, if you want to get rich, you can’t spend most of what you earn on discretionary things (cell phone upgrades, televisions, cars, etc.). If you dream of losing weight, you can no longer eat what you have always eaten or refuse to exercise regularly.
You probably have the idea.
Okay, great – now, awaiting your next question, how do we live an above average life? What can we do to ensure that we make choices in our lives that elevate us, rather than stagnating or stalling in a relentlessly typical everyday life?
Life like the 1% is based on three basic principles.
How to live like the 1%
1. Know how to set good goals
I sucked the longest to achieve goals.
I would get an idea in my head, set a “goal” to achieve it, and then immediately forget or lose interest before moving on to anything else. Repeat this process enough and you will find that you are not really going anywhere.
You only step on water.
The problem is the goals I set for myself. They just sucked. This is because they were not specific and measurable.
For example, losing weight is not a good goal. Why? Because there is no way to tell when we have achieved this goal. There are too many questions.
- How much weight do I have to lose?
- How much time do I have to lose?
- How long after losing weight do I have to keep it away?
Far too many questions. High-quality goals, which were set by above-average 1% people, have no follow-up questions. You have answers.
In this case, losing weight is far too general, so I dropped it because I lost motivation.
Your goals should be:
- Startle a little
- Slide beyond your comfort zone
- Be precise enough to know when you have reached them
Above-average people set high-quality goals that are real and performance-oriented. Goals that change their lives in a quantifiable way and goals that are worth the effort to achieve.
2. Know when enough is enough
The moment I entered an office after graduating from college, I realized how the world worked. It was very different from what I expected.
Corporate America believes that nothing is “enough”.
We are always taught to strive for more. More money. More fame. More status. More responsibility. Faster software. Better machines. More productivity. Better. More quickly. More.
If we stand still, we won’t get any further.
Here’s the problem: if we never stand still, we can never rest. Relax.
Relax. If we are always on the go, we don’t give ourselves an opportunity to think. Think about whether our life is like this or not actually work for us,
Or whether we are actually moving in the right direction or not.
For example, questions that can be answered during rest periods:
- Do the decisions we make match our goals?
- Do we live with purpose every day?
- Or do we go through life robotically and always look for more?
Above average 1% people know when they have achieved enough. Then they stop. They reflect on their achievements and then, as soon as they have recovered, start again with the energy and perspective that are necessary continue to make the right decisions,
If we don’t stop smelling the roses, we will never prepare for a life in which we really feel happy. If we always focus on more, whatever we do is not enough.
It will never be enough.
3. Never let your finances run “on the edge”.
Answer this question quickly: If you lost your job today, how long could you live your normal lifestyle before you have to worry about money?
If your answer was three months, you’re fine. When you are six months old, you feel even better. And anything that takes longer than nine to 12 months, and you’re super prepared to weather a lot of storms out there.
My wife and I have been living for several years in case something seriously bad happens, such as:
- We are developing a health problem that requires funding to resolve it
- The stock market is armoring and we’re losing a ton of money
- Everything that requires quick money
Above average 1% people have saved enough – often on a savings or money market account to withstand temporary loss of livelihood.
Let’s face it, it’s nice not to have to worry or turn around our $ hit if we suddenly lose our jobs, isn’t it?
Fix this problem if you don’t have a lot of emergency savings. Now. Start small, but keep building your pot of cash until you can live safely at least three to six months without a penny of income. Open a savings account. Get it done.
Remember this is not “we” against “them”
This conversation is about improving your life and not necessarily being “better” than anyone else. It is supposed to serve as a kick in the pants. If you want to improve your life, you cannot do what you always did.
If you want to get rich, make decisions that match that goal. When you lose weight, travel the world, or want something else, your decisions affect your success every day.
Are you in?
Steve is a 38-year-old early retiree who writes about the intersection of happiness and financial independence. Steve regularly writes for MarketWatch, CNBC and The Ladders and lives full time in his 30 ‘Airstream Classic. He travels the country with his wife Courtney and two rescued dogs. He writes on SteveAdcock.us,
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