26 Steps to Living a Life You Love

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.


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26 Steps to Living a Life You Love

26 Steps to Living a Life You Love


Key Ideas

Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.

What drains your energy

What in your current life are you just tolerating?  

Address these things one by one to make room for the new, more important stuff coming your way.

Make an appointment

Set regular weekly appointments with yourself to work on your life passion actions.  

If you don’t set aside the time for the work, you will never get to your goal.


  • Save money and set it aside for education, to get a business started, or to sustain you financially as you transition.
  • Determine your lowest acceptable yearly income and how long you are willing to live at this income level.
  • Find other income streams. Start thinking about ways you can bring in extra cash in a pinch.

Start reading

Read everything about your passion and take notes. Look at how other people have translated that passion into a career. 

Refine your search

You may find one or more career options that jump out at you.  

Delve deeper into your research on those topics to find out exactly: 

  • what kind of education is needed
  • who is already successful in this area
  • what kind of salary you can expect to make
  • how long it would take to become proficient in this area.

Find a mentor

Find one or two people who are successful in doing what you want to do.  Connect with them. Make a list of questions and ask for their advice.


  • Take action.
  • Write down all the action steps you will need to take to get you from here to there.
  • Set up a calendar. Assign your action steps to specific days or weeks. Allow yourself time for interruptions or changes.
  • Keep those close to you involved and in the loop. 
  • Consider your current job. Be sure to include as part of your action steps how you will move from your current job into your new one. 

The Process

  • Stay financially prepared.  
  • Stay inspired by reading motivational books.
  • Expect bumps in the road. 
  • Take daily action.  



A Life Lived Passionately

Stop the conscious searching of your passion and just live passionately.

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Being in The Now

Living passionately means living in the now, in the present moment. 

It means not being distracted on your phone, but being engaged in what you love doing. It means interacting with others deeply and fully, giving all your attention and focus.

A Learning Machine

An example of being holistically passionate in your life is the habit of constantly learning, absorbing as much as you can.

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Keep in mind this question: How much are you supposed to enjoy what you do? If you underestimate your answer, you'll tend to stop searching too early.

Liking your work does not mean doing what makes you happiest in this second, but what will make you most satisfied over a more extended period, like a week or a month. Your work should be your favorite thing to do. It should be something you admire.

What you should not do
  • Don't worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends.
  • Don't worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious.
  • Don't be led astray by money, especially when money is combined with prestige.

A test of whether you love what you do is if you would do it even if you weren't paid for it. (Even if you had to work at another job to make a living.)

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“It doesn’t matter what your vision is. It matters what your vision does.” — Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Disciple
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