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Welcome to the Live your Life podcast!
This is Dave, co-host of the Big Picture Philippines podcast and welcome to the very first episode of Live Your Life.
I’m not joined by my co-host since this will be solo episodes where I’ll dig deep into topics that I believe concerns most people on this planet–and that is how to live life to the fullest.
For those who don’t know me, I’m actually a huge fan of self-development and I have attended countless seminars like Quantum Leap Program under T Harv Eker, Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins as well as local events hosted by Bo Sanchez, John Calub, etc.
Those investments did pay off (luckily!) and I was able to start a business 4 years ago–an agency that caters to over 40 clients on a regular basis. I’ve also started a podcast with my co-host with the mission to empower every Filipino to see, think, and act big.
I’d like to be clear about something. I started this segment not because I have figured everything out. In fact, I haven’t figured it all out. However, I do believe that the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our questions.
So I continuously ask big questions.
For me, the biggest question of all is “What is the meaning of life?”
Have you ever asked yourself what life is truly all about?
Well, you’re not alone.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always asked myself what the meaning of life is and why I am so drawn to becoming rich.
Back when I was figuring out what course to take for college, I told myself I’ll take any job that will allow me to have a house, a pool, and at least 2 cars. Looking back, I realised I was very naive back then. I also realised how simple minded I was.
But that general compass of how I want my life to be–you know, having that dream house, car, and maybe a great family led me to where I am today.
Finally, I am starting to understand why I was so drawn to my vision, why I was so passionate. Although there were a lot of wrong turns and mistakes (such as taking a course I didn’t really love and taking on jobs I was not passionate about), ultimately, it has gotten me to where I am today. I can say I’ve finally gotten to a point where I have started something I’m truly proud of.
What’s even better is, I now have a clearer vision of what life is all about. And I honestly think it’s all about living it to the fullest and grandest way possible. No matter who or where you are right now, I strongly believe that we have the power to create the best life possible–the life we all deserve.
So if you feel stuck and you want something more from life, or if you want to know how to enjoy and live life to the fullest, this podcast is for you! Join me as I figure out how to truly live life to the fullest and live a life of contribution, growth, and love.
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As you may know, a life worth living will involve examining some of life’s core aspects like relationships, success, health, purpose, and so on. In this podcast, I’ll tackle those key components and we’ll dive deep so we can uncover what it truly means to live life one hundred percent!
Not all of the concepts I’ll cover in the podcast may be true to everyone and that’s perfectly okay. In fact, I would prefer that you interact and join the conversation so we’ll have all the bases covered.
If you’re ready, let’s start with our very first topic.
In today’s episode, I’ll talk about goal setting and how we can make our dreams a reality.
I’m a big fan of this. In fact, everything I now have, I owe to having a clear vision of what it is that I really want.
Roughly 9 years ago, if you’ve met me on the streets you’d probably think this guy is going nowhere.
I was unhealthy, overweight, stuck in a job I didn’t love, and had no goals. In short, I was depressed and living like a zombie, just going through the motions and living a life devoid of meaning or purpose.
Things changed dramatically for me after I was able to attend a seminar. To this day, I can still vividly remember one life-changing phrase used in that seminar, “To think is to create.”
In other words, if you 100% believe in something, it can actually happen! But what really struck me the most is the idea that I can become whoever it is that I want to be and whatever it is that I want given I truly ask for it.
From there I started realizing what I really want. I realized I wanted to earn more, I wanted a better group of friends, I wanted to be in better shape. In short, I realized the aspects of my life I am not satisfied with and little by little I made small changes to improve them.
Over time, I learned to say no to mediocrity and complacency and said yes to abundance, opportunities, and continuous learning. Eventually, it helped shape my life and the person I am today. I won’t claim to be successful as success is subjective. However, I am certain I’ve evolved into someone I am proud of.
So what made a difference there?
Yes, it’s the shift in my beliefs.
I can say my standards have changed. And it all started with changing my beliefs and having a truly clear vision of the person I would want to become.
However, while changing my beliefs made a world of difference, there are other things that have helped me manifest the life of my dreams and I’ll discuss 3 of them.
1. Writing it Down
Back then, I can remember writing down the things I wanted in life. I just wrote even if I didn’t believe much of what I wrote that time. If anything, I believe that writing things down is a huge step in the right direction.
In my case, I took things up a notch. Aside from writing down what I wanted, I also created a vision board. I can truly attest vision boards work as I bought my first guitar, my first laptop, and travelled to other places using this technique.
Creating a vision board is pretty straightforward. In my case, I just looked for old magazines and just cut off things I wanted to manifest. If you are feeling lazy, you can look for pictures of things you want to manifest online and use them as a background for your phone and desktop.
It’s amazing because I discovered I kept a box of the images of the things I wanted and eventually forgot about them only to realise that I’ve already manifested them!
Once you’ve written down what you want down, take it a step further by imagining as if you already have those things you want. In one of our episodes, our guest Golda shared the “be-do-have” concept when creating vision boards.
The idea is rather than believing you need to get what you want to be truly happy, you have to be happy now and everything else will fall into place.
In the same manner, imagine and act as if you already have the things you want–the salary, the dream job, the car, etc. Think of it each day as if they are on their way.
There’s actually a science behind this. And it has to do with activating the RAS system.
Simply put, RAS or the reticular activating system works by seeking information that validates your beliefs. Have you ever tried buying a new bag and after you’ve bought it you start noticing many people using the same bag?
That’s how RAS works and it can help you turn any of your dreams and goals into reality. The more you think of something and get really excited about it, the more you will notice opportunities that will lead you to achieve what you want.
I think this is what Paulo Coelho meant when he said “If you want something in life, the whole universe conspires for you to get it.” And I couldn’t agree more. In other words, when you constantly visualize and imagine whatever it is that you want, paths, opportunities, and people will come to help you achieve those goals.
In line with this, I also do affirmation and visualization exercises to help me get closer to achieving my goals. This might not be common knowledge but words have power. When I first learned about financial freedom, I learned and used a very powerful affirmation, “Money comes to me easily, frequently, and from different sources.”
I kept repeating said affirmation each day and I believe it has helped me generate multiple income streams.
Give it a try.
Another technique I used is visualization through meditation or association.
It’s simple. Just close your eyes and vividly imagine what your dream future is like. Keep the image in your head constantly and in a way that gets you excited and it will only be a matter of time until it becomes a reality.
Last but not least.
3. Taking small consistent actions
The more clear you are about what you want and the more you think about your goals, the more you are inclined to also take action. The good thing is you don’t have to take massive actions all the time. The point is to do small actions consistently.
When I first started saving for my first million, I didn’t save like 20 to 50k right off the bat. Today, that’s the amount I am saving each month! Back then, I remember saving just 2k each month max. I’m also excited to put 100k each month for investments and allowing it to grow.
Right now, I’ve been training for a marathon. While I’m not in the best shape yet, I made a commitment to show up in trainings, I hired a coach, and strictly followed a marathon running program where I hit specific miles on a weekly basis.
Just like most things in life, small but consistent actions will definitely help you get to where you want to be.
So there you go, I hope you learned something new from today’s episode and I hope you’d give them a try.
Also, if there’s something you’d like to add, I’d love to hear about it. Please get in touch with me through our FB group The Big Picture Philippines.
This has been your host, Dave, and remember to always live your life to the fullest!