The Life You Were Meant To Live

Something remarkable happened to me last week and I’m compelled to share it with you. On Tuesday October 15th my studio, JohnnyFit Bootcamp & Yoga, reached its 6-month anniversary of being open. What’s so remarkable about that? Well, just a year and a half ago, I had a completely different profession – one that I hated, and made me miserable. It’s remarkable to be supporting myself doing something that I love, and I want to inspire you to life the life you were meant to live!

The Life You Were Meant to Live

It seems that I’m always meeting someone interesting through my yoga network here in Portland, and through the business that I run. A lot of people I meet confide in me that they too wish they had a different job or profession, and they long to be able to pursue their hobby as their main source of income. I tell them, as I’m going to tell you, that you can!

You see, I’m not any more special than anyone else. Although there was a bit of luck involved in getting to where I am, I also believe that I was responsible for creating some of that luck. Hear me talk in detail about this process in my recent interview on The Startup Sessions.

There are three key elements that I believe have allowed me to succeed so far. I swear by them to anyone who will listen, or anyone who wants to figure out their path.

How to Obtain the Life You Were Meant to Live

1. Plan Your Life

The life that you want doesn’t just happen to you. For 99.9% of us, we have to orchestrate our paths. That means that YOU need to create a path for yourself. Three and a half years ago, I put together a 5 year plan. At the time that I was writing down my goals, I thought to myself that there was no way in hell I would be able to accomplish all that in 5 years.

I don’t know what compelled me to set the bar as high as I did, but I am sure glad that I did. As of now, I am only three and a half years into that 5 year plan, and two-thirds of everything I wrote down has already come to fruition.

I believe that writing down all of my goals with as much detail as I could imagine really helped outline what I needed to do next. There are a million distractions in life, and creating a road map for yourself will remind you of where your priorities lie.

2. Be Consistent

If I could sum up my training philosophy in two words, it would be “Be Consistent.” In yoga there are 8 paths to enlightenment. In nutrition, there are a thousand diets that lead to weight loss. In fitness, there are a million activities that lead to strength, agility, coordination, and balance. The key to succeeding along any one of these paths is to be consistent – to practice!

If I could sum up my training philosophy in two words, it would be “Be Consistent.”

If you want something, then work at it every day. Take the detailed 5 year plan that you’re going to create and constantly work at checking the next item off of your list. Take personal responsibility for your accomplishments, and for your failure to accomplish.

Cynicism and blame will get you nowhere, but always striving to put one foot in front of the other will. Always move forward!

3. Live In the Present

Pursue an activity that calms your mind and helps you focus on your current situation and immediate responsibilities. I do yoga, but I believe any activity that focuses your mind on the present moment can suffice: meditate, run, take long hikes in the woods, and/or take deep breaths.

As you’re being consistent in following your 5-year plan, you will create opportunities for yourself that you did not dream of. It’s important for you to be present in order to fully realize these opportunities when they occur. Opportunity is not always glaringly obvious. Sometimes they are simply cracks in a door, and you have to be ready to break down that door and hold onto that opportunity with everything that you’ve got!

If you are like me, and have an overwhelming feeling that you are meant to be so much more than a person locked in a cubicle, or you have an innate feeling that you are not following the path that your were meant to walk, then begin walking in a different direction, and start today.

Living the life you were meant to live is within your power. Will you?

I would love to hear about what you’re doing to steer yourself into the life you were meant to live. Leave me a comment about it below!

  • http://www.thestartupsessions.com/ Michael Knouse

    Great article Johnny! Watching your business expand and evolve over the last 6 months has been incredible. You are an inspiration to me and my goal is to emulate your success. Your three points are so clear and achievable. Without the plan, one can easily get off course. Without the consistency, no momentum can be achieved. And without presence, it’s easy to get pulled off course. Well done, my friend!

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com JohnnyFit

      Thanks Michael! Looking in hindsight, these points made all the difference in getting to where I am now. It’s a roadmap to success that I didn’t invent, but I see it as a common pattern among people who accomplish more than they ever realized they could when they set out.

  • Terri

    Thank you for sharing your story! I am facing a professional fork in the road and your article helped to confirm my decision that was already present and growing in my heart.

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com JohnnyFit

      Good luck Terri! There are sure to be ups and downs, but not pursuing what your heart wants is a sure path to unhappiness. Nothing happens overnight. Be consistent, be persistent!