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We should do something!
That's one of many conventions we grow up with. We are committed to going to work and creating something to meet the expectations of the environment and society. With every employment relationship, every meeting in your diary and every television program you direct yourself to a different agenda and thus give the control over your time.
Culturally, the past and future are more important to most Germans than the present. Conversely, this is the case for the South and Asian cultures, where the present is superior. Based on these timely priorities, with which most of us have grown up, we make decisions about future safeguards and let us restrain ourselves from past experiences.
Time travels bring nothing
Intuitive time travel into the past and the future will never get you anywhere. In the past, anger and remorse are about the things you could have done or not done. In the future you will come across doubt and fears.
Ultimately, you can only influence the present. Only in the present you have the chance to change your life. No matter what your past looks like and what your assumptions about the future are. Living in the present also means not thinking about the result in every situation. Instead of always asking yourself what result an action has, enjoy the process. Here are some examples:
- Take piano lessons without impressing other people.
- Write a blog without making money.
- Travel to a foreign country without seeing all the sights from the travel guide.
- Enjoy building your online business without constantly thinking about the financial return.
- Keep in mind that the journey is the goal, and for all your well-meaning ambitions, do not forget to pause and enjoy this never-ending journey.
5 years to pension?
Most of the lives of many people are pretty much predetermined. They go to school, do an education or study, work for 40 years and then enjoy the well-deserved pension. Is not there something lazy?
Should you really be spending the best part of your life making the best possible provision for retirement age? You probably hear sayings like "only five years until retirement" more often from older colleagues. Isn't it absurd to yearn for retirement? It is as absurd as looking forward to the coming Friday and the upcoming weekend on Monday morning.
I'm sure you hate it when the weeks pass by. You want to live your life now and not wait for the next weekend and certainly not until retirement. Now you want to learn languages, do sports, discover new cultures and travel the world as long as you have the drive and physical condition. You want to get out of the vicious circle of education, work and pension, right?
The idea behind the mini-retirement (mini-pensions) is that the "pension time" is spread over the whole life. The money is not saved for retirement, but regular time-outs are taken in which small savings are spent. So you reward yourself every few years for your hard work and spend your money on travel or other passions.
In practice, this can be a sabbatical or the transitional period between two jobs. During this time-out you prefer to spend part of your pension instead of waiting a lifetime. Knowing that as a reader of this book you do not want to wait for such opportunities, I have a better alternative for you. What do you think about working hard on building your online business over the next two to three years, and then treating you to months of mini-retirements every year?
The fact that this idea is anything but utopian is proven by many online entrepreneurs, who are rewarded with regular breaks for their work. Let the idea of mini-pensions sink for a moment.
Rearview Mirror Syndrome
The “Rearview Mirror Syndrome” ensures that we constantly look back and experience our past again and again. We erroneously believe that we are determined by our past self and thus limit our potential.
Instead of being positive about new possibilities, we look in the rearview mirror and assess our chances with past doubts, fears and abilities. To make a drastic change in your life, you must stop looking back. Do not let restrictive experiences from the past keep you from tasting something new.
If you could not do something yesterday, then you can learn it today. Your past does not dictate what your future looks like. Do not make the mistake of letting yourself be defined by experiences in your past.
Do not lock yourself up by thinking about the future
Thinking about the future is basically not a bad idea. Those who live from one day to the next without a long-term vision cannot develop their full potential. On the other hand, it never does Senseto worry about the future.
- Why should you, as a student, worry about your pension?
- Why, as a young mother, already think of the study of your child?
You can not influence these things without unnecessarily restricting yourself in the present. You should align your future to your vocation or vision.
If your daily decisions follow this overall sense, you will gain security. But not if your future thinking is determined by news, your environment or conventional assumptions. One of these conventions is the constant worry about retirement provision, which in no case should dominate the heyday of your life.
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