Lean Into It to Get What You Want

Lean Into It to Get What You Want

I started this series planning to do three posts. But along the way, I realized I was skipping one of the most important steps and needed to change my priorities a bit. It is one that I would credit with most of my success in recent years. You have to “lean into it” to get what you want in life. I know it’s a very catchy phrase and all that, but you are probably wondering what exactly it means to “lean into it.” I wish I could remember where I…

Freedom to Change Your Priorities

Freedom to Change Your Priorities

Today I was going to publish the third post in the series on getting what you want from life. But something came up. So instead I am going to talk about the freedom to change your priorities. Here’s the story: My brother and I have been working on a geeky project. We live high in the Andes mountains, about 100 miles south of the Equator. When the sun shines here, it is incredibly strong. Bad for our pale gringo skin. Good for anyone who wants to build solar energy projects….

Ask For It to Get What You Want

Ask For It to Get What You Want

This is Step 2 in our series on how to get what you want in life. We are going to talk about how to “ask for it” to get what you want in life. In the first post, we talked about something that is often overlooked: figuring out and accepting what you want. Not what would make your mom happy or what society expects of you. What you, personally, really want in your life. Hopefully you’ve spent some time thinking about this and have decided what you really want. If…

Know What You Really Want…Or Fail!

Know What You Really Want…Or Fail!

In the next few posts, I will be focusing on getting what you want in life. Unless you are incredibly lucky, the things you want in life are not going to just drop into your lap. Getting what you want in life isn’t easy. You’re going to need the personal strength to work for them. It is a multi-step process. Happily, each step helps build the strength you will need for the next step. Step 1 is to know what you really want in life. How do you figure that…

Be Free to Do More

Be Free to Do More

In my last post, we talked about how my lifestyle leaves me free to do less. That’s a pretty obvious result. Today we’re going to talk about something a little less obvious: how this lifestyle leaves me free to do more and motivates me to do so too. As I’ve mentioned before, the life I’ve built for myself leaves me with a lot of free time. That’s great, but it can be a trap too. You can actually get into a rut of doing nothing. And like any other rut,…

Be Free to Do Less

Be Free to Do Less

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be free to do less? If you live in the West, particularly in the United States, you are likely on the run every waking minute. Part of that is necessity. With the economy falling apart, jobs scarce, and raises non-existent, most people have to bust ass just to keep from drowning. But a big part of this is cultural. In the USA, there is always pressure for more. More stuff, bigger stuff, better stuff. Already got more stuff than you…

Kill Interruptions with Android’s Do Not Disturb Mode

Kill Interruptions with Android’s Do Not Disturb Mode

I love my smartphone as much as the next person. But when it comes time to get serious work done (or I just want some peace and quiet), I sometimes want to throw the thing against the wall. The constant beeping and buzzing and ringing of incoming messages can make it impossible to concentrate. But things are much better now that I have started using the Do Not Disturb option built into my Android phone. I’ve known about the Airplane Mode on smartphones for years. I use it all the…

Be Freer Tomorrow – I Can Show You How

Be Freer Tomorrow – I Can Show You How

Welcome to Freer Tomorrow. For the last few days I’ve been wrestling with what to write for the first post on this blog. Do I talk about a typical day in my current, much freer life? Do I hit you with some philosophical rambling about freedom and dignity, blah, blah, blah? Then the power went out. While it was out, I read an online news story that said lame-duck President Obama had, without the approval of Congress, given away US control of the Internet domain naming system. Control now moves…