Living Your Life or Chasing a Lifestyle

chasing a lifestyleAre you living a fulfilling life or are you working to maintain your lifestyle?

There is a major difference between these two.

I first coined the term “internet lifestyle” years ago in an article where I talked about the fact you could work online from anywhere in the world.  I choose to live out in the country where my nearest next door neighbor was a cow (it was always hanging out by the fence where you could go over and talk to it).

You can use the Internet to build your life dream.

If you want to spend more time at home with your children, go for it.

If you want to travel the world, do that.

If you want to follow your passion, that’s the plan.

But what I’ve seen over the past few years is a perversion of what was originally intended when I spoke about the internet lifestyle.

Instead of it being about designing a fulfilling life, it has become more about just the money.

Visit many “internet lifestyle” sites and they’re full of photos of mansions, airplanes, yachts, and Lamborghinis.

Nothing wrong with any of those, but they’re not fulfilling.  And they’re most definitely not the best parts of this lifestyle.

And they’re definitely the wrong direction for you IF you’re doing it just to meet preconceived notions of what success should be.  The size of your house doesn’t demonstrate your income.  In most cases, it just illustrates your mortgage.

Outward displays of wealth are easier to show than measuring your real happiness.

The beauty of this lifestyle is the freedom.   It’s about the lifestyle design of creating what really fulfills you and allows you to contribute to others.

For every major purchase, ask yourself whether it adds value, long-term joy, and passion to your life…or is it just another object that requires more maintenance and hassles.

I’m thinking of this heavily because I have had a couple of clients who got themselves in sticky situations because they constantly increase their lifestyle expenses anytime they have an increase in income.  It’s like walking a tightrope.  If their business takes any dip, fear comes rushing in.

And there are always dips and surges.  If you have to run a new product launch every month just to keep treading water, something in your lifestyle is out of order.

I’m not normal.

I realize that and celebrate it now.  For example, I’m “supposed” to want to travel.  That’s what people with the money and free time do, right?

In fact, people regularly assume I travel around a lot, because that’s what others do in the same situation.

Yet, I pretty much hate traveling.  It’s not fun for me, and it most definitely isn’t relaxing.  It’s stressful.

I’d much rather take short vacations of a few days in length regularly and locally.  That’s one of the reasons I moved to Florida.  I live on vacation.

Don’t take any of this the wrong way.  I’m not saying to be a miser…or to not spend money.  I definitely spend money and I enjoy my life.

What I’m pointing to is to never design your lifestyle around other’s expectations of you.  That simply leads to stress, not fulfillment.

Being “normal” is overrated.  Find what is NATURAL to you personally instead.

And the Internet is the perfect vehicle for finding what’s natural for you.

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Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how the Monthly Mentor Club can help you today.