How to get Everything you want (12)

I’m back with Part 12 of How to get Everything you want.

As promised, may I present to you the (marvelous) painting I’ve just bought:


I’m so very proud of my new “window”. I will bring it to my new home in London and hang it on the wall where there’s no window. Next thing to do, look at it everyday and witness infinity, a.k.a. my colorful past, present and future.

Alright, let’s get back to work and revise our journey until now:

How to get Everything you want (THEN WHAT?)

Part 1: Every (great) thing in life starts with a vision. Create your vision!

Part 2: Count what you have AND what you don’t yet have; be grateful for both!

Part 3: Take a walk

Part 4: Create your A—>B agenda. Stick to it.

Part 5: Do your homework. Research. Get to know-how (at least theoretically).

Part 6: Differentiate between pure fairy tales and ambitious (but doable) dreams.

Part 7: When you get stuck, unplug yourself from work for a while, go out and enjoy life. Set yourself time to come back to work.

Part 8: DO your best everyday (for yourself first), the rest will come.

Part 9: Select the people that you keep (closely) around yourself.

Part 10: Be patient while accumulating (please don’t be patient sitting there doing nothing).

Part 11: Be happy living frugally, then (one day) you can have it all and will still be happy, then (one day) you may lose everything and will still be happy.

I was thinking about Part 12 earlier then asked myself – Why am I writing this series? Well, I’m obviously no one to tell you or lecture you about how to do things and how to live your own life. However (1) I wanted to write myself a manual (2) I wanted to share some of my stories with you (3) I wanted to test myself to see if I have what it takes to be a happy, loved, free, successful, rich and generous person, all in one. In other words – Do I want Everything I want enough to work hard, sacrifice, be disciplined and get things done?

Here’s Step 12: Test yourself to see if you have what it takes to get Everything you want.

What can be a good test? I have one:

Change your life (for the better) in measurable ways in 90 days. Set yourself a 3 month challenge – make something happen.

I have always (subconsciously) functioned on a 90-day-calendar. Moreover, whenever I got (very) stuck and wanted to turn my life up-side-down completely, I set myself a 3-month-challenge. Seriously (I don’t know if I was born this way but) I don’t even know how giving up looks like. Life goes on and I just don’t have the ability to deal with any (stupid) status quo, I either solve it or leave it. In conclusion – statistically, in a year of mine, there are three 90-day-calendars & one 3-month-challenge. My 3-month-challenge of 2014 can be found here (it’s kinda long and is currently in Vietnamese, so if you are interested please use Google translate).

Recently when I started looking around for different ways of planning, the 3-month- challenge turned out to be quite favored by many game changers (yes, you don’t need years to change your life). Watch this, it’s a good example:

How to get Everything you want series is a part of my 3-month-challenge this year from beginning of June to end of August, which happens to be my transition period from Vietnam to the UK. I challenged myself, during this 3 month, to (1) handle my current job in artful ways ’til the last day I’m on duty (2) reflect about the last 5 years and plan for the next 5 years (3) handle my transition to London smoothly in term of relationships, everything else is pretty easy (4) write myself an useful document, which turned out to be what we are reading now (5) work on my future businesses: finish core identity concepts, get some good ideas, sketch some business models, look into some value chains, legal stuff, etc.

Let me tell you, it takes A LOT of work and focus to execute your 3-month-challenge. The reason it’s called a challenge but 90-day-calendar is because it’s a sprint. You can’t sprint everyday, all year round, you’ll die. Nevertheless the 3-month-challenge is extremely powerful in case you need to either (1) finish something (2) start something new (3) manage any turn-around. 

All you need to do now, if you’re ready to make great things happen, is to (1) decide how you want your life to look like after 3 months, be specific (2) sprint, focus, be disciplined and just work for the next 90 days and see what will happen.

– Skye


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