Live a Life of Your Own Design
Hi! My name is Coach Jimmy and I am coming to you on a very rainy morning here in Dallas, Texas. So if you hear like, “What is that sound outside?” It is a grey, torrential downpour outside of my house right now. What’s funny is I’m actually supposed to be in the air on a flight to Los Angeles, but I am not and I am going to share a little bitty story with you about creating a life of freedom and how all this plays together.
So this week I was supposed to be going to Los Angeles for two fold. I was going to have a private voice lesson with a celebrity coach who is Tony Robins vocal coach and does vocal coaching people like Demi Lovato and has won Grammies and he’s just Roger Love. He is awesome.
I was going to that and then have a half day speaker training with Bo Eason, who is one of the premier storytelling coaches and speaking coaches of our day and I was so excited to do that.
I was wrapping up things yesterday and ready to pack up. I had a full day of calls, two meetings, three calls plus doing a training that morning, so I had a full day. Midway through the day, my phone starts blowing up and I find out that my Dad has been rushed to the emergency room.
Now, my Dad has a history of heart issues and irregular heart beat that kicks in and out at times, so it wasn’t the first time we’ve gone through this, but the tone of this particular text messages was that this was a little different, this was scarier than normal, and we didn’t know what was going on. Out of the people that were on this group text in my family, I was the only one that could be available. On the drop of a hat, I can get up to the hospital if need be, and why is that?
Well it’s because other people, there was either distance or they were at a job or they had to ask a boss for time off or something that they couldn’t just at a drop of a hat be where they needed to be, and I could yesterday. So the minute that text came in, flight was cancelled, hotel was cancelled, Roger and Bo were you know informed, “Hey, I won’t be making it tomorrow. Sorry for the last minute.” Of course those guys were super awesome and say, “Hey, you take care of your family.”
Even when I got to the hospital, my Dad is in stable condition right now, he is still in the hospital. I’m actually going to head up there in a little while, but he is doing well and thank you guys for all the well wishes of those of you that know that that went on yesterday. But even while I was there my parents are in real estate and my Dad’s in the bed and my step Mom is sitting next to him and what are they doing? She has her laptop open and she’s still having to go through contracts and working. While, at that moment, what they should be able to just be doing is enjoying each other’s time and not worrying about work.
Live Your Life, Not Your Job
And so it just got me to thinking about, “Wow, I am so thankful that a little over 8 years ago, I started something that allowed me to create a life of freedom.” As you’re building, if you have that entrepreneurial spirit in your gut and it’s something you want to build some kind of online business or just a business in general, even if you’re at the very beginning of that, I want you to look long term and look long term and say, “Is this a business that as the business gets bigger, is it going to take up more of my time or can I build something that regardless of how big it gets or how much money it makes or the revenue that it does, that I can still control my time?”
My really good friend and personal mentor and just one of my besties, Chalene Johnson, talks about this a lot in her Smart Success Seminar, about building things that allow you to continue to live your life the ideal way.
So many times what we do is we’re like, “Okay, I am going to go grind at this job and build it to a certain place so that I can have more time later.” But this is what happens, is you grind so much and hustle so much and take up all this time building this thing, you are never willing to stop that 18 hour a day grind because you’re like, “Well, this is what build it. This is what I am going to have to do to sustain it.”
There isn’t anything you can just put on autopilot and doesn’t take time and work.
Now I do want to say this, those people selling you the fact that you can just sit on the beach, turn on an automatic pilot thing and just money is going to start rolling in, that’s bullshit.
That doesn’t exist.
There isn’t anything you can just put on autopilot and doesn’t take time and work.
That’s not really a business that I would want to learn to put together because I do enjoy what I do. I enjoy creating content. I enjoy working with the people that I get to mentor.
So don’t get it twisted when you think, “Oh, well I then I am just going to…I am only going to work one hour a day. I am going to build something that’s going to allow me to have a life of freedom.” There is going to be times that you’ve got to pick and choose, “I am going to put my head down. This is a sprint season for me to build this,” but I want you to know and think, what is the kind of business that you are building?
Fortunately for us, our situation is a team collaborative. So if I have to go to my team and say, “Hey, my Dad’s in the hospital. I got to take off.” Everybody is fine. We’ve created systems so that the people that need to get trained can still get trained. The team can take care of each other and I have created enough tools that literally if I want away…if I walked away from my business tomorrow, the people that I have brought in have every tool that they would ever need to be successful with this.
They really do and I feel really strongly about that.
You Have to Do the Work
The other part of this is, think about this, if you never start that thing, you never get here.
Some people…for me, it was eight and a half years ago. I know people that have built similar businesses in two years with the tools and the technology and the information that’s out there in two years.
Two years from today, your life will look so drastically different and have the opportunity to travel the world if that’s what you want to do or have time to yourself or maybe you are working just three solid hours a day and you have got this thing where it’s rolling in the momentum that you have three really focused hours to work with the people on your team or who you are mentoring or creating that product that the rest of the time is yours.
But you know what happens or what doesn’t happen? That life, this option I had today to be able to say, “Hey, I am unplugging for today. I got to go.” It never happens if you never get started.
It never happens if you never treat this thing seriously like a business.
It never happens if you kind of dip a toe and you kind of fiddle fart around with it and then you go away for a few days and you kind of…why can I do this? Because for eight years, I have been consistent. Why can the people that have built the exact same thing that I have built in two years? Because for two years they were consistent. They showed up everyday. They stayed plugged in and they probably found a mentor that helped them along.
That’s why people are doing it in so much shorter time than I did because now those of us that were pioneers in some of these areas are now telling people, “Hey, here are some short cuts. Here is where not to waste your time. Here is a few technology softwares or things that you can use.”
We didn’t have access to…there was no live steaming. YouTube wasn’t has big a deal. There was no Periscope and Facebook Live. There weren’t things like Snapchat and all these amazing things and you know what? Something else is going to be coming out in a few months.
Just think how much your life has changed technology-wise in the past year. In the past two years! So so so much, but it only happens if you get started. To have an idea what you want to do.
Know Where You Want to Go
So think with the end in mind. What do I want my life to look like?
What would a perfect day look like?
Then make sure that your actions and the things you’re chasing, the things you’re perusing, align with the lifestyle that you want to create.
So I hope this was helpful today, I really appreciate you watching this video.
If you found value in this, do me a favor. Hit the like button. Leave me a comment. Tell me what it is that you want to be able to do.
What’s your perfect day look like?
What’s your life of freedom look like?
I would love to hear from you in the comments as well. Thank you for taking the time. My name is Coach Jimmy. I am excited to help you reach your dreams.
Until next time, keep moving forward.