We’re a few weeks into 2014 and a lot of us are starting to feel the time crunch.  Work, home, staying in shape, getting our finances in order, making time for family, making time for friends…oh, and remembering to stop and smell the roses from time to time. We’ve got a lot on our plates, don’t we? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Instead of trying to work harder to keep up with the demands of your life,  try working smarter. Is the life you’re living the one you truly want? Are the things you’re doing in line with your goals and intentions? If they’re not, it’s time to figure out which road you want to be on.

Life = Roads

Think of life in terms of different roads. Some of us prefer to skip the road and just fly. Some of us like the communal feel of buses and trains. Some of us love the freeway. Some of us love the nostalgia of Route 66. Still, some of us would rather be in the bike path. The road you choose for your life determines the life you will lead. Those of us in line at the airport don’t want commonplace things; we want to jet set around the globe as expats.  Some of us want to live a life that serves others and those less fortunate than us. Some of want to race to the top of the corporate ladder. Some of us want to petal on our own time, work for ourselves and take in lots of scenery on the way.

Which Road Works for You?

So….which road are you on? Is it the right road for who you are and what you want out of life? If the road you’re on isn’t going to take you to where you want to be, it’s time to change gears! Don’t be afraid; be excited. Be honest with yourself about what you really want. Go ahead; make the change and switch lanes. Figure out which road will take you to the life experiences you want to cultivate. If you want to be a CEO and you’ve been traveling around the world climbing mountains, it’s time to settle down and start climbing to the top of the corporate world. If you’ve been working as a high-level executive when you really feel called to help others, figure out how to leverage your experience to help others. If you’ve been working as a busy fix & flip investor when you’d prefer a hands-off approach to investing, slow down and start learning about buy and hold strategies!

Key Takeaway for Lifestyle Design:

Part of designing the life of your dreams is making sure that the work you’re doing will take you to your desired destination (or destinations). Get honest with yourself and look at your daily life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, lost or underwhelmed, it might be time for a different road.

Key Takeaway for Real Estate Investors:

Just as there are many different available roads and paths, there are numerous investment strategies available to investors. Whether you prefer putting in some serious sweat equity to your properties or you enjoy more of an armchair approach to investing, find the investment strategy that complements your dreams, goals and personal style. Don’t be afraid to branch out, diversify and switch things up!

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