1/15/19 Patience in the Face of Impatience

2018 was a great year and brought many positive changes to my life. I paid off my student loans, got to play baseball, moved to a cooler neighborhood, found a new job, finally got to travel to Thailand and Vietnam, started Jiu Jitsu again, and met my girlfriend. I can’t ask for more than that in 2019, so I’m keeping my expectations low for this year.

I want to continue this path I’m on of self-improvement. My goals and dreams of financial independence will continue to flourish as I remain consistent with my financial plan. I want to have the freedom to travel the world, but I also see that the highest possibility of me attaining this is to be patient.

My mind is naturally impatient, so I will continue learning to increase my patience. I want to improve in Jiu Jitsu, which can only be done through patience and hard work. I can do a better job of learning outside the dojo by watching YouTube videos and then practicing what I’ve learned. The dream of becoming a black belt will probably take me 10-15 years, so this will be a true test of my will.

Life is short, and I intend to maximize the potential happiness that is possible in my remaining years. If I can stay focused and disciplined, I know that my dreams will come to fruition. I was reading an article about the power of manifestation, which said that we need to put in the work as well. We can’t just sit on our ass the whole time. Hard work, discipline, patience, and consistency will bring the dream to life.

They say you should do what you are passionate about for a career and to not worry about money, because it will come. I don’t necessarily agree. If I decided to be a writer and be poor, I wouldn’t be able to achieve financial independence and freedom. I’m passionate about travel, having new experiences, and creating a future where this is possible. As a writer, I could probably go travel and do my own thing for awhile, but eventually I will have to come back to reality once all my savings are gone.

I refuse to be satisfied with the status quo and be complacent. Life is great, but it can always be better. I will always be looking to make little improvements. Probably the biggest improvement I could make would be to quit drinking. But, let’s not go crazy with bullshit resolutions. I’m not ready for that yet. Maybe a small break, but it’s cold outside right now…

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